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Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals Paperback – June 15, 2021
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A refreshed edition of Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals—updated with a note from the author sharing the changes that have occurred in the 30 years since its original publication.
"A book of startling remembrances, revelations, directives, and imperatives, filled with the mysticism, wisdom, and common sense of the African religion of the Mother. It should be read with the same open-minded love with which it was written."—Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple
Since its original publication in 1985, Jambalaya has become a classic among Women’s Spirituality Educators, practitioners of traditional Africana religions, environmental activists, and cultural creatives. A mix of memoir, spiritual teachings, and practices from Afro-American traditions such as Ifa/Orisha, and New Orleans Voudou, it offers a fascinating introduction to the world of nature-based spirituality, Goddess worship, and rituals from the African diaspora. More relevant today than it was 36 years ago, the wisdom of Jambalaya reconnects us to the natural and spiritual world, and the centuries-old traditions of African ancestors, whose voices echo through time, guiding us and blending with our own.
"A book of startling remembrances, revelations, directives, and imperatives, filled with the mysticism, wisdom, and common sense of the African religion of the Mother. It should be read with the same open-minded love with which it was written." — Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple
"Jambalaya is a gift, open to all people, a gift of an ancient tradition, a gift of stories and celebrations, a gift of Teish's own history and voice, the voice of a strong, knowledgeable, and wise black woman." — Starhawk, author of The Spiral Dance and The Fifth Sacred Thing
"Teish reveals a wealth of new visions and ancient wisdom from a cultural heritage unknown to most readers. To a style of writing that is friendly and relaxed, Teish adds the spice of her wonderful sense of humor. This is a book that sharpens the intuitive sense in each of us and encourages us to that inner knowledge." — Merlin Stone, author of When God Was a Woman
From the Back Cover
A Marvelous Blend
of Memoir, Folk Wisdom,
and Afro-American Beliefs.
Actress, storyteller, and priestess Luisah Teish dramatically re-creates centuries-old African-American traditions with music, memoir, and folk wisdom.
- Publisher : HarperOne; Reprint edition (June 15, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062508598
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062508591
- Item Weight : 7.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.76 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a must for anyone's book shelf--Luisah Teish is a major voice for women of color within the women's spirituality movement, and (as you'll know if you watched The Goddess Remembered) she did a lot of work to make this movement (which sprang from "second wave" feminism) intersectional. Jambalaya should also be included in any library of African diasporic spirituality--you're sure to find practical rituals for the contemporary American, usable by anyone. I would even recommend it as a book to give to a person exploring these forms of spirituality for the first time.
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2019
I finished this book years ago and now recommend it to any Black woman newly on their spiritual path. I also recommend it to women who have been in the game for a minute. Not everything in the book may resonate with you but take what works and leave the rest.
I love this book. I had seen people talking about this book for quite a while now, and I get why people think it is oh so special. I haven't finished reading the book, but I started it last night and can't put it down. The personal stories and charms are just too wonderful to pass up. I feel like this is one of those books where if I had the time, I would finish it in one sitting.
This book is a staple. It's beautifully written, it calls out something older within you, it reconnects you with history, and opens you to the pulse of African Diaspora faiths many of may not have been aware of. I could hear the voice of "She Who Whispers". I could feel myself dancing. See myself working roots. If you're magically inclined in any sense this book speaks a little louder than most. If you're interested in spirituality, this book will definitely open your eyes in a sense. Buy it. Read it. Research. Apply.
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The problem with that is she comes across as whiny + self-centred. She is also an abuse apologist.