"Thou rememberest sinceOnce I sat upon a promontory,And heard a mermaid on a dolphin's backUttering such dulcet and harmonious breathThat the rude sea grew civil at her song,And certain stars shot madly from their spheres,To hear the sea-maid's music?" Few say it as well as William Shakespeare, and with the grace of this august wordsmith … Continue reading La Sirène – A Deep Dive
Wandering for Spirit
In just about every great spiritual tradition in the human realm, pilgrimages exist and are undertaken as a way to dive deeply into one's own spirit; to seek a closer relationship with the divine; to fulfill an obligation (like the hajj); or to seek the intercession of a spirit, or God. In the end, every … Continue reading Wandering for Spirit
Ezili Dantor – A Deep Dive
Ezili Dantor by Jay Alexander Terrifying. This is the adjective many have used to describe this fearsome lwa, the mother of Haiti and the Petwo nation. Mighty, fiery, and full of rage, Dantor inspires the kind of fear normally only produced by an irate IRS agent with an axe to grind, nothing to lose, and … Continue reading Ezili Dantor – A Deep Dive
What’s in Your Vodou?
In his essay Imagine Heaven, found in the pricey but oh-so-worthwhile telephone book sized reposwa of information Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou, scholar Donald Cosentino reminds us that, when speaking of Vodou, we always must ask ourselves, "who's Vodou?" And this question can open cans of swirling complexity complete with whirling eddies of nuance and … Continue reading What’s in Your Vodou?
Soul in One
Well, it’s time for another entry, but it’s been a challenging week and the poetic sensibilities are not in effect today, and I’m lost in the idea of the soul and its links for reasons, transcendent and painful, so...it’s a topic about which I’ll write. Coming as many of us do from a Western, Euro-American … Continue reading Soul in One