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Forums -> Vodou -> Graveyard

By: / Beginner
Post # 1

Im not really into hoodoo and santeria but I am trying to learn more about their traditions.

Why must you make a payment with pennies or other small objects for getting graveyard dirt, shouldn't you ask the spirit what they prefer rather than what you think is best.

My other question goes around that you must leave three pennies at the gate as payment to gaurdian of the dead, Like Oya. Is it okay to use a deity you associtae with or some kind of psychopomp isntead of using Oya.

Please answer as soon as possible

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Re: Graveyard
Post # 2
i'm soory i don't have much knowledge about hoodoo let alone santeria. never heard about santeria but that's just me anyway sorry
i know this isn't helping at all with your questions but it's just that no one answered
blessed be
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Re: Graveyard
By: / Novice
Post # 3
In Haitian tradition u must ask the permission of the Baron to take dirt and make a payment.
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Re: Graveyard
By: / Novice
Post # 4
If u fallow the voodoo path u make sure u fallow the protocol, if not u don't need any permission.
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Re: Graveyard
By: / Novice
Post # 5

When it comes to Santeria, something that must be remembered is that it is an initiatory religion meaning that it's traiditions and practices are maintained to those that have been initiated. The most a non-initiate can learn within this tradition is somewhat an introduction to what Santeria is and such, farther from that is considered disrespectful. As to when it comes to whether you use Oya or not depends upon your belief system, if you are not within or associated with Santeria then you do not invoke or make payments to Oya but to your deity.

When it comes to African Traditional Religions, it is traditional to leave pennies and rum as a payment for collecting the graveyard dirt however this can vary of course again depending on your belief system. If you are planning to beginning rootwork, traditionally rum and pennies are left although this may vary upon practitioner.

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