Introducing the ground breaking Vodun book Lore of the Gods. The first section of Lore of the Gods contains 30 solid pages expounding upon the Vodun philosophy behind sacred lore and myth. Nowhere will you find a more clear and precise exposition on the divine law guiding how sacred lore was expressed by the ancient sages, and how it can be overstood and applied today.
From the Preface:
"To the Vodùnvi, categories such as Kpólí are what cannot be thought up by the limited human intellect, but are directly of spirit. It is what is forever valid, never changes and not dependent on the limited capacity of the human for overstanding of any one historical person. For this reason the Vodùnvi (one who lives life based on the ancient Vodùn tradition) is proud not to need a historical founder. The founder and foundation of the Kpólí is Sɛgbo (the Creator) Itself."
"In 1958, Melville Herskovits wrote Dahomean Narrative: A Cross-Cultural Analysis, which was a supposed detail of sacred lore from Dànxomɛ. In 1943, Bernard Maupoil attempted to write on Fa divination amongst the Dànxomɛnu (people of Dànxomɛ) in La Géomancie à l'ancienne Côte des Esclaves; a writing for his doctoral thesis. Though these works provided New Afrikans with a sense of "place" in that they now could hold within their hands "sacred writings" of the Fɔ̀n, about 90% of these stories were myths told to these people to throw them off the trail so to speak." Thee stories they told the yovo (whites) were often not authentic in any way whatsoever.
Lore of the Gods is not a piled up stack of useless and obscure stories. These are 25 real stories from real Danxome culture not told to Herskovits and others that can be applied to our everyday life. This is the only place to get authentc stories concerning the various gods and goddesses of African Vodun.
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* Cover design by the author His Royal Majesty Axosu - Agelogbagan Agbovi I
Posted by Dr. Tosu on 21st Aug 2015
Some time ago I was starting to read various "tales" that supposedly came from Dahomey and were claimed to be Vodun also. I kept running across the works of Melville Herskovits. I often would feel a little guilty as I could not maintain interest in the stories. In retrospect, in the back of my mind there was something not quite right. But I was forcing myself to accept the stories I read, especially Dahomean Narrative just because these were supposed to be stories from our ancestors. However now that I have read Lore of the Gods I can see what was wrong. Herskovits was not putting out the real stories of the gods of my people. The stories contained in Lore of the Gods are beautiful, fascinating and filled with many African lessons. I am glad that somebody came along to straighten the record. In the foreword the author even quotes Herskovits own words and shows that he (Herskovits) basically admitted in plain sight that these were not the true stories. For this I quote the author at length:
"In 1958, Melville Herskovits wrote Dahomean Narrative: A Cross-Cultural Analysis, which was a supposed detail of sacred lore from Dànxomɛ. In 1943, Bernard Maupoil attempted to write on Fa divination amongst the Dànxomɛnu (people of Dànxomɛ) in La Géomancie à l'ancienne Côte des Esclaves; a writing for his doctoral thesis. Though these works provided New Afrikans (diaspora Africans) with a sense of "place" in that they now could hold within their hands "sacred writings" of the Fɔ̀n, about 90% of these stories were myths told to these people to throw them off the trail so to speak."
"What appeared to be a people open and willing to talk to someone about their tradition actually was a cautious people who wanted to say just enough to get the attention of their cousins across the water, while at the same time telling the anthropologists child stories related to their culture."
"To put it frankly, the Dànxomɛnu of that time did not tell them the real stories that are used functionally in Vodùn culture. Unfortunately, what people like Herskovits and Maupoil were given has been passed along as the truth by many New Afrikan practitioners of Vodùn. In fact, due to a certain level of disconnect, many contemporary Dànxomɛnu have taken on these stories as true representation of their own culture."
"What the Dànxomɛnu of the time told the anthropologists was what we call in Fɔ̀ngbè xɛxó - tales, story, fable; history told of talking animals and the like. This is different from xwenu which is true and sacred history. In fact, the Dànxomɛnu gave strong hints to Herskovits in particular concerning this matter. It is very possible that both Herskovits and Maupoil knew this and simply pursued their own self-serving interests."
Reflecting on the writings of those historians and anthropologists I am 100% in agreement with the author of Lore of the Gods. This is an excellent book and a must read!
Posted by Devin on 22nd Apr 2015
I am glad to have this volume as I can relate more to these stories than the ones I have read in passing through certain white anthropologists and ethnologists books. The spirit of the stories reads quite differently coming from a practitioning adept, and I found out later, king in the tradition. My interest has been peaked even more in the Vodun religion and I cannot wait to delve more into books like this. This is what people at my stage truly need. Thanks for writing this as there are several very encouraging and seemingly personal stories in this volume for myself.
Posted by Merril on 24th Mar 2015
I feel like I finally have gotten a hold of sacred Vodun stories that make since and show the true depth of our culture.