Be careful about what you read (and believe)

As I’ve been making my rounds of Pagan/Vodou-related blogs over the past couple of months, I’ve had some major WTF moments when I am staring at the screen in disbelief.

This made me want to say here that you should always ALWAYS take what you read on a blog with a grain of salt, especially if you do not know much about the blogger in question. Do not accept what they write as common belief/practice without consulting alternate sources as well. This is especially important if you are new to Pagan, Vodou or magickal practices in general.

People work with (and combine) their deities and spirits in weird ways sometimes. It may or may not work for them, and even if it does work for them it may not work for you. Deities from some pantheons do not work well with others. Combine them wrong and you may offend both. Caution is the word of the day here.

With Vodou in particular, it takes a while to familiarize yourself with which practices are more flexible and which ones are less so. While certain colors, symbols and items are associated with certain lwa, these are not always set in stone and sometimes a lwa will ask you for something that surprises you. There are also variations from house to house and, in Haiti, from region to region. This does not make one house or region right and the other one wrong.

Vodou is a very complex religion that requires a lot of time and effort to begin to comprehend. Please, for your own safety and respect for Haiti, the lwa and the religion of Vodou, research your facts. Do not read something online (not even on this blog) and accept it as fact, especially if the blogger is not initiated or known to you.

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