The 75 proverbs included are from ancient Dànxɔmɛ (a great Máwùyi monarchy that existed in what is now Southern Benin Republic) with translation and commentary by the Axɔ́sú. The 75 daily affirmations, the true meat of this work, appearing on the opposite page are from the Axɔ́sú’s own mind, experiences and observations. They are replete with high level guidance rooted in ancient Vodún teachings, but fit for everyday living. Each affirmation is assisted with what we call a dɛxixò action. This is a small, yet effective suggested action (prayer, and/or offering) to the ancestors, deity and/or to the divinity of self to move the energy being affirmed.
An example daily affirmation from the book:
"The concept of myth is often misunderstood. In African Vodun, xɛxó or myth is a conduit to deeper realities not readily explainable in regular language. Mythic language comes from the inner esoteric experience. Every individual has their personal myth. Consciously or unconsciously, we create our own myths. We are all sheroes and heroes in mythic journeys by which we develop our own sagas - our tales of tribulation and triumph. Thus, the truly satisfying and exciting myths are those which arise from our own passions, dreams, visions, and experiences. Myth, combined with ritual, gives us very sure methods in dealing with the core of the human psyche. All myth has a general or universal relevance. At the same time, there has to be personal relevance for true functionality to occur. As everyone has their myth, the most pertinent question remains...What is your myth?"
An offering of assorted fruits to your ancestors, asking them to reveal the divine myth within, will set in motion the growth needed to overstand your myth. Ask them to show you how your myth is intricately related to that of the lineage's. Ask them to protect you from any of the dangers as you find 'the way'."
* Cover design by the author His Royal Majesty Axosu - Agelogbagan Agbovi I
Posted by Unknown on 10th Aug 2015
The teachings in this book are very peaceful and thought provoking. I will say as a practitioner who has been looking for substantive teachings this is quite a breath of fresh air on that part.
Posted by Petra on 14th Jul 2015
I must admit that even as a practitioner I did not expect such teachings of calm, forgiveness, serenity and the like to be attached to Vodun. This is a new Vodun for me that I would like to investigate much more. I love this book to the point that I have started keeping it on my work desk.
Posted by Agatha Sopetri Dunning on 10th Jul 2015
I can testify that this book is one of the most calming books I have ever read and it is by far the only ATR (African Traditional Religion) book that I have ever seen focused on such positive premises. I would say it is like a book of proverbs except for it is a very active and useful book filled with advice and things to do from the practical ATR level. Many of the sayings seem to speak directly to me. It encouraged me to create a more sacred space apart from the makeshift one I had already. It is truly a book of meditations that one should check into. This book speaks to my soul.