If you want to know the basics about Obeah, including its history and where to find more information, there is a very good primer on on Squidoo simply titled Obeah. It contains a lot of great information – little known facts about Obeah. An interview with an Obeah man by VICE Magazine, facts about famous Obeah practitioners (and famous people who used Obeah), accusations that Bob Marley’s former manager used Obeah to murder him with cancer and more. It gets to the heart of Obeah in our culture and provides further resources for those interested in serious study.
You can also find a few rare books and a few not-so-rare t-shirts and other items related to Obeah. Come join a discussion about Obeah or read and enrich your mind with the secrets therein!
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John Clark was a black businessman during the late 19th century. He made a fortune as a young man in transportation – selling carts and horses and eventually manufacturing motored four-wheeled buggies. Then he invested in the funeral home business. He was known to be discreet and secretive about both his business and client. Drawing on his previous trade, he was the first funeral home to operate a Hearse automobile. Up to this point the deceased were carried by the hands of pallbearers or in wagons.
Being a pioneer, he was also one of the first men to embalm deceased bodies before burial. Embalming with formaldehyde is a common practice today. Due to the tropical heat his embalming experiments failed and bodies were instead sealed down into boxes with glass lids and ice for refrigeration. This resulted in a condensation on the outside of the glass and coffin, which was used by Obeah men for various things. The called it deadman water.
‘I hit her out of the love of God,’ woman tells court”
The woman, Carmen Jones, was hauled before the court on October 19 on a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm, to which she pleaded guilty.
But the plea came after she told the court that the complainant had accused her of working obeah and that the complainant’s father had thrown her, her pregnant daughter and 82-year-old mother out of their home.
“So what did you do to the complainant?” Magistrate Lorna Shelly Williams asked.
“Your Honour, I used a piece of stick to hit her three or four times, but I did not hit her out of anger,” Jones said.
“I hit her out of the love of God and I tell her that Christians must set example, must love their neighbour as themselves and should not bear false witness against their neighbour,” the woman said amidst giggles from those in court.
The Nottingham Contemporary Museum is hosting “Kafou: Haiti, Art and Vodou, Vodou Art Exhibit 20 Oct – 6 Jan.” This looks promising and there are many relics and objects on display aside from the traditional Vodou flags. Here is a sample of what is at the exhibit:
Jamaican Information Service has taken steps to remove current laws making specific crimes punishable by flogging. The practice of Obeah, widespread in Jamaica, is included on that list along with petty theft and larceny. The Obeah Act was passed in 1898 but has remained on the books and has been spuriously enforced to this day.
The Obeah Act was created in order to suppress slaves who feared that Obeah could be used to overthrow them. In the end, it turned out they were right. Many practitioners of Obeah escaped into Maroon communities where they live to this day, practicing Obeah as they did in Africa. Ironically, Obeah was also embraced by early slave owners as well as the new politicians of a democratic, independent Jamaica. Of most note is Edward Seaga, a man who was Prime Minister of Jamaica and subsequently held a position of political power every day of his life. It is no surprise that the Jamaica Observer ran the headilne: “Seaga Weighs in on Obeah Debate“:
Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, under whose administration Myal was elevated to national importance as an aspect of Jamaica’s African religious heritage during and after slavery, said he had no idea that the law had equated Myal with Obeah.
“If that is so, it is totally wrong, Seaga said. “Myalism was developed during slavery as a means for the slaves to express themselves spiritually, because they didn’t have a single language. It is still called Myal in St Thomas, but it eventually became Zion Revival, in other places”.
According to Seaga, Myal was created in Jamaica by African slaves, from a mixture of African religions, cultures and languages.
“Obeah is not a religion, it is a spiritual doctor and it is totally wrong to mix obeah with Myal,” he commented.
Seaga was an adherent and activist int he Myalist community when he secured power as the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica. This was when Myalism was distinguished from Obeah; Myalism as the religious aspect and Obeah ass the practical, or doctoral, aspect. Seaga’s involvement and sentimentality for Myalism – which has largely been suppressed like Obeah – shew through.
As I was watching YouTube I came across a vibrant community of individuals discussing and practicing Obeah. It is so nice to see this tradition being discussed and embraced. Here are some of the videos for your enjoyment and inspiration.
“What Is Legitimate Voodoo Hoodoo and Obeah” by The Divine Prince Ty Emmecca
A very insightful commentary by Prince Ty on getting results and dropping the pretensions in spiritual work. You can feel a very strong spiritual vibe from this man and a very positive message. You can contact him at House Of The Divine Prince.
Next up is a video from The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica, a virtual walk through of an Obeah exhibit in Jamaica called Guzzum Power. Notice in the video how the curator refers to Obeah still being illegal in Jamaica (The Obeah Act). Also take note of the sparse amount of Obeah relics and paraphernalia in the exhibition. Even today, Obeah is well-guarded and a secretive practice.
The walk through did a very good job of highlighting how there is both good and bad Obeah – it is not all evil as commonly described. In the video he showed a traditional Obeah Thanksgiving table, a positive rite and blessing.
A prayer to remove Obeah by MrPastor77 with a hypnotizing soundtrack. Although MrPastor77 does not support Obeah he does make Biblically sound points. Specifically, that the Bible does tell us Obeah is real. This is one point we can all agree on despite our differences.
Father God, we do know that Obeah is real. That magic is real. That spells are real. As we learn from that Moses, and Pharaoh and his men, were able to turn sticks into snakes. We know that spells and curses are real because Balaam was sent from the Israelites’ enemy to put a curse on them.