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Nan Domi: An Initiate's Journey into Haitian Voudou

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Like all the great religions Voudou has an external, public practice of rituals and ceremoniesand also an internal, mystical dimension. Before Nan Domi, works about Voudou have concentrated on the spectacular outward manifestations of Voudou observancehypnotic drumming and chanting, frenetic dancing, fits of spirit possession. But practically all reports on Voudou are ...more
Paperback, 225 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by City Lights Publishers (first published November 8th 2010)
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Gabrielle Villard
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let's not kid ourselves , I am no pro at writing reviews but considering that it wasn't read by many , I thought I'd start.

First of all I have no words to describe how fascinating Nan Domi was. It is more than a "good" read or an "amazing" book. Nan Domi is instructive and an eye opener. It treats a different aspect of Voodoo which was too long kept in the dark and solely considered satanic, diabolic...

Nan Domi is simply on another level . It is about the pursuit of spirituality , inner peace ,
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read this in the original French...Beaubrun, who had been writing an anthropological text on vodou lost all her papers in flood; she re-wrote the text from memory, in a trance, while also practicing dream analysis. Her conclusions give great insight in the practice of vodou from a place of profound engagement, without the usual sensationalism associated with vodou. Her sources are mostly elder mambos (women priestesses) who aid her in transcending her intellectualism to understand the heart of ...more
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ayiti
Un récit très personnel de l'initiation au vodou de Manzé, qui porte beaucoup de réflexions sur l'essence de la culture haïtienne et sur celle de l'esprit humain. Cependant, le style est assez répétitif et on arrive assez vite a en avoir assez de la personnalité un peu immature de Manzé et de son manque de confiance en elle-même (ce qui est tout à fait compréhensible, elle était très jeune lorsqu'elle a vécu ses expériences). Parfois aussi on se perd dans les détails et j'ai eu du mal à suivre ...more
Ariel Sa
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's a must (read). I hope one day, this book will be an essential in the curriculum. So much to learn, so much to explore. Every human (especially Haitians) should read this.
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
First, let me say thank you for. I won this book through First Reads. I have been interested in various spiritual beliefs for quite a while. I'm curious about different belief systems that are outside of the big "ones." Growing up I was always afraid to even think about what other religions or spiritualities consisted of or believed because I was always taught that everything else was evil or satanic and that I was going to go to hell for even thinking about them. I have grown - in many ways and ...more
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"Nan Dòmi stays localized in Haiti, yet its universality, like that of Buddhism or Hinduism or any of the enduring religious worldviews, becomes apparent from Beaubrun's instructive guidance into this transferable territory. She directly confronts the same questions that arise in every worldview, every philosophy, every religion, and every science . . . Beaubrun takes us along the Vodou path to comprehending the nature of the universe, the nature of the ordinary and the divine, and also into the ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: spirituality
I received this book, for free, in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a story of spiritual progress in the style of Carlos Castaneda. This book seems somewhat dry compared to other spiritual tales such as Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives or The Alchemist. Additionally, the frequent use of non-english words hurt the book's flow.

I didn't find much I could adapt to my own practice.
This could be due to my own impatience. The author seemed to be genuine and underwent an
World Literature Today
"Nan Dòmi is Mimerose Beaubruns fascinating, first-person narration recounting her study of, and initiation into, Haitian Vodou. What began as a doctoral thesis in anthropology on the lakou became the detailed description of Beaubruns reaching, with Aunt Tansia as her primary mentor, the state of lucid dreaming, Nan Dòmi." - Robert H. McCormick Jr., Franklin University Switzerland

This book was reviewed in the November 2014 issue of World Literature Today. Read the full review by visiting our
Karen Ashmore
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Even though I had never read this book before, I felt I had lived some of the experiences previously or at least dreamed them. Some of the descriptions were crystal clear to me and other concepts I struggled to understand. It was self-affirming that some of her interpretations of different lakou were the same as mine. This was an excellent intro to an individual's journey into Haitian vodou. Some day I want to experience that journey as well. Or maybe I have in the past and remnants of those ...more
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: voodoo
The best thing about this book is that it was not written by a white American, but by an actual Afro-Haitian. Another great thing about this book is that it's more important message was about developing spirituality, something a few of the white American know-it-alls tell you is not the purpose of Vodou. Also, the author does not bother to shame the reader to "stop appropriating other people's cultures' something most white Americans do when they decide that Vodouisant is their new adopted ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fascinating snapshot some of the lesser known non-asson vodou traditions and an insight into the Haitian worldview and culture. Fascinating if hard to follow in places.
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
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