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Morning coffee onto group recognizing that service to the lwa is a form of discipline which can bring its own reward 136Evidence for a community that has struggled against poverty and oppression and has know few victories since haitian revolution 137 MAGIC AND SORCERY: The practice of magic and sorcery is peripheral to Haitian Vodou, so much so that practitioners often speak of it being the province only of oungans known as boker those who in addition to their priestly functions in Vodou also work with lwa achete in magicFeared practice envoi morts setting dead against someone 137Practices and superstitious get conjured up by detractos “voodoo dolls” Hollywood 138 THE SECRET SOCIETIES AND ZOMBIFICATION: zombies misunderstood Hollywood horror derived from religion Chapter 5 Obeah, Myal, and Quimbois: Obeah a set of hybrid or creolized beliefs dependent on ritual invocation, fetishes, and charms incorporates two very distinct categories of practice : casting spells and healing practices 142The etymology of this world has been traced back to the Ashanti termsObayifo or Obeye meaning wizard or witch but got creolized in the Caribbean over time. The perceived and legal threats and legal sanctuation that followed pushed Obeah practices underground 144Unlike Haitian Vodou and Cuba’s Regla de Ocha, Obeah is not centered around the notion of a community of deities who manifest themselves among humans through possession or who protect their ‘children’ in return for offerings and other forms of devotion. 144Instead obeah practitioners operate individually thus it also lacks the established liturgy and community rituals seen in other organized religionsAlthough it does show the afro Caribbean venerastion of the ancestors, spirit possession animal sacrifice and divination OBEAH HEALING AND PROTECTION:accounts of obeah practitions by white visosters of nineteenth and early twentieth centruries emphasized menacing nature of their practicesThere are no goup rituals, dancing, drum playing or singing connected to Obeah practices, except in the case of Myalism in Jamacia.
The systematic repression of African cultural expression on the part ofthe British had forced these practices underground, and they had ultimately been lost ecept in some pockets of religious activity 147Relations with Obeahman is a result of an individual wishing to change some aspect of their life Obeahman’s role as a herbalist or bush doctor has traditionally been considered his or her main social function 148The practice of placing fetishes as objects of protection in homes and yards is of long standing (sticks hanging from trees) 149Numerous reports on the use of Obeah in the West Indies involve an individuals efforts to use fetishes to influence the outcome of trials and lawsuits and obtain favorable verdicts in court 150 such as wrapping prosecters name to an egg and tying it to a stick affects ability to build caseTHE SPIRIT WORLD: Central to the practice of Obeah is the