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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Magnificent Morocco: Vodou Visions from the Mountain Top




Arm, Leg, Leg, Arm, Head - this is God body
Knowledge, wisdom, freedom, understanding - we just want our equality
Food, clothing, shelter - help a nigga find some peace
Happiness for a gangsta, ain't no love in the streets
Conspiracy theorist screaming Illuminati
They can’t believe this much skill is in the human body
He's 6’2, how the fuck he fit in a new Bugatti?
Aw fuck it you got me
Question religion, question it all
Question existence until them questions are solved
Meanwhile this heretic I be out in Marrakesh
Morocco smoking hashish with my fellowship
Y'all dwell on devil shitI’m in a Diablo Yellow shit
Color of Jello-O shit
Hello bitch, it's me again
Fresh in my Easter clothes feeling like Jesus and”

                                                                    -  Jay-Z, Heaven


The short documentary at the bottom of this post is entitled Invisibles GuardiansIt briefly examines the spiritual tradition of Morocco’s Hamadcha Brotherhood. According to the documentary’s official description, the brotherhood “was founded in Morocco by Sidi Ali Ben Hamdouch and Sidi Ahmed Dghoughi. The legend tells of them bringing back from Sudan, the spirit of the Muslim princess, Lalla Aisha, for her to assist in the fight against Evil forces. Nowadays, Lalla Aisha is well-known in Morocco. Unveiled in this documentary by means of a man, Mohammedin el mejdoub, and a woman, Nadia, is the nature of the relations uniting Lalla Aisha and her affiliated community.”

The film, produced by French cultural anthropologist Lisa Therme, and directed by Eliane de Latour, lends further credence to the thesis I proposed in Wut Da Fux Iz A Moor? (Part 2 of 2). Therein I explain that Islam, and other Western religions, have traditionally served as covers that allow Africans to practice their art and spiritual sciences in peace without incurring the suspicions of rabid religious zealots who are hopelessly infected with Abrahamic bias. As you may notice from watching this production filmed in the Zerhoun mountains of northern Morocco, what the Hamadcha Brotherhood practice is not fundamentally different from what a Vodun mambo may practice in an oum’phor in Jacmel, Haiti.

In his book Secrets of Voodoo, Milo Rigaud says of those possessed by Vodou loas that “even the sick who are mounted by the mystères instantly manifest a complete disregard for their illness or infirmity. It is not unusual to see a sick person who has scarcely dragged himself into the peristyle get up vigorously, after being mounted, and start to dance, to gesticulate frenetically, and even to leap” (p.46). 

In the documentary Nadia speaks of a similar phenomenon when she explains how she is relieved of the pain in her feet in the presence of Lalla  Aisha, who is also known as “Aisha Essoudaniyah” which means “Aisha the Sudanese,” or “Aisha the Nubian.” Some readers will object to my reference to the Hamadcha Brotherhood’s activities as “Vodou” because they don’t have a fundamental understanding of what Vodou is.

It should be duly noted that the term “Vodou” is actually a very generic term, and it means “The Mysteries.” With that said, the spiritual sciences of ancient Kemet and Sumer can accurately be referred to as “Vodou” without stirring any cognitive dissonance in the minds of those who actually comprehend what the ancient Kemau and Sumerians were practicing in their own time. Vodou is not necessarily specific to Haiti, Benin, Dahomey, or Burkina Faso although it has strong antecedents in these areas. The entire African continent has contributed to Vodou’s development, and this fact should be acknowledged.  

Although I could be wrong, it appears to me that the goat sacrifice that you will see in this documentary has, at the very least, an astrological component to it. I say this because the goat is the zodiacal totem for Capricorn which is synonymous with internal purification when placed in the sixth house of Virgo. It could be a coincidence that the people involved in the sacrifice have lit six burning candle sticks on the ground to represents the flames of alchemical purification that are unique to Capricorn in Virgo. Capricorn is ruled by the god “Saturn” from whom we get the word “Satan,” which simply means “adversary” in Hebrew.

If you see “God” as your adversary then you are “Satanic” because you are taking an adversarial stance towards God. However if you see The Devil as your adversary, then you are ALSO “Satanic,” because you have decidedly taken an adversarial stance against The Devil. The wise man is the one who abandons this entire dichotomy altogether, because it is rooted in Iranian dualism, a religious philosophy developed by the direct descendants of the Indo-European Neanderthals. Your personal identification with any one of the two extremes of “good’ or “evil” places you outside of the good graces of balance and equilibrium. In Africa’s Kemetic tradition we find that the priest-scribe Ani only enters into the abode of the gods once he embodies Ma’at, which is balance.

The planet Saturn is known as the “Lord of Karma” within the context of so-called “Western astrology.” It is plausible that the ritual participants in the video you are about to watch are sacrificing the goat to extricate themselves from the clutches of karma by releasing the goat’s life force (its blood) which has a frequency resonance akin to the Saturnian intelligence that will etherically feed off of the goat. Nevertheless, this is just my speculation. I do not posit it as THE truth although my assessment seems reasonable to me.

When someone is dying to be your  adversary for no intelligent reason, it’s usually wiser to  sidestep them and keep it moving. If you passionately engage them then you will become their adversary, which brings you under the Satanic programming mechanism of Iranian dualism. This philosophical legacy of  ancient Neanderthal man was ultimately adopted by the flamboyant papal booty-bangers from the priesthood of Vaticanus. The spiritually impoverished get caught up in all of this god versus the devil shit. Let’s operate from our crown chakras. Ultra violet shit. Color of irises shit, uh. Hello bitch! It’s me again. Lookin fresh in neo-Moorish attire. Ya boy’s a live wire.

Most of the people you will meet in your life are lifetime grand jurors who are riding with either the prosecuting attorney (Satan “the accuser”) or the defense attorney (the tender, loving, and benevolent God).  I just keep my ass out of the court room altogether unless I am being employed by a media outlet to report the facts of the case to the public as a responsible and discerning journalist. Justice is blind and Librans can be very naive. However the path of the fool in the tarot is also the path of self-mastery.

While the Invisibles Guardians is only 30 minutes long it will certainly enrich you and your understanding of traditional African spirituality. Shout out to critically acclaimed R&B vocalist Billy D for bringing the documentary to my attention. Click on the link below to view the documentary