Da Homey in Modern Dahomey: A Black American's Travels Through the Land of Vodun
We are interstellar nomads traveling the earth teaching men, women, and children about the science of communicating with deities. However we eventually came to an understanding that these individual entities are the finite reference fragments for an infinite and unfathomable entity that English speaking people call God.
Our collective lesson as a people, whose ancestors were captured by blood-thirsty sharks roving West Africa’s coastlines, is that we are artists tuning into the infinite so that we can broadcast a beauty that the world has never seen. You are the Blacksmith charged with the task of hammering new instruments of power and praise into existence.
Da Homey in Modern Dahomey: A Black American's Travels Through the Land of Vodun is part memoir, part ethnography, part theoretical social science. This elegant and poignantly written work of literature explores Adika's visit to Benin in January 2019 complete with full color photography by him. It is a rich and highly nuanced contribution to the body of information concerning the Vodun tradition of Benin and its cultural relevance to Humanity past, present, and future.
In the spirit of cultural anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston, Adika spent time speaking with Vodun priests and practitioners in Benin to deliver a message that will be a reference point for further exploration as other writers, researchers, and scientists (hard science and social science) catch up to what is written here in the years ahead.
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