PAZUZU was a prime example of the type of Devil of which the Sumerians were particularly aware, and which they depicted constantly in their carvings and statues. The purpose of this iconography was to ward off the spiritual - and psychic - circumstances which would precipitate a plague, or some other evil. “Evil to destroy evil.” Although the ancient people of the world were conscious of an entity we might call the “Author of all Evil,” the Devil or Satan, as evident in the Sumerian Creation Epic and the rumoured existences of the Cult of Set of the Egyptians, the more pressing concern was usually the exorcism of TIAMAT, she exists, somehow, just as the Abyss exists and is perhaps indispensable to human life if we think of Her as typifying the female quality of Energy.
Although MARDUK was responsible for halving the Monster from the Sea, the Sumerian Tradition has it that the Monster is not dead, but dreaming, asleep below the surface of the Earth, strong, potent, dangerous, and very real. her powers can be tapped by the knowledgeable, “who are skilful to rouse Leviathan.”
There is no illness, disease, or pestilence for which both nature and mind do not have a prevention and cure.
The religious persecution of the African in the New World, is one of the most underreported crimes in the annals of slave and colonial history. Millions of Africans were forced to be ashamed and to forget the invaluable contributions made by their Ancestors to Man’s spiritual development. In-turn, they were spuriously led to believe that Christianity, imposed upon them, was the only “good thing” that resulted from 500 years of insufferable human bondage.
How the Devil Coined a Word
Ole devil looked around hell one day and seen his place was short of help so he thought he’d run up to Heben and kidnap some angels token things runnin’ tell he got reinforcements from Miami.
Well, he slipped up on a great crowd of angels on de outskirts of Heben and stuffed a couple of thousand in his mouth, a few hundred under each arm and wrapped his tail ‘round another thousand and darted off towardshell.
When he was flyin’ low over de earth lookin’ for a place to land, a man looked up and seen de Devil and ast ‘im, “Ole Devil, Ah see you got a load of angels. Is you goin’ back for mo’?”
Devil opened his mouth and tole ‘im, “Yeah,” and all li’l angels flew out of his mouf and went on back to Heben. While he was tryin’ to ketch ‘em he lost all de others. So he went back after another load.
He wasflyin’ low agin and de same man seen him andsays, “Ole Devil, Ah see you got another loaduh angels.”
Devil nodded his head and said “unh hunh,” and dat’s why we say it today.
Mulai Ismail and his “all powerful Deewan” were greatly respected by the Europeans. The Morocco known intimately by the Europeans was run by a “Black” Emperor and a “Black” court. Below is a poem dedicated to him from a native Moorish historian.
“O Mulai Ismail, O Sun of the Earth !
O thou for whom all created beings would not suffice as a ransom!
Thou art none other than the sword of victory which God has drawn from it’s sheath, to set thee alone among the Khalifas.
As for him who knows not to obey thee, it is that God has
blinded him, and that his steps have wandered far from where they ought to be.”
“If I am a witch, then so be it, I said. And I took to eating black things - huitlacoche the corn mushroom, coffee, dark chiles, the bruised part of fruit, the darkest, blackest things to make me hard and strong.”
ORIGIN OF THE NAME “SIBYL”
The name “Sibyl” is of mixed origins. It is the sacred initiatory title that the ancient Africans called the prophetess/priestesses of the Mami Watas. According to some, it is derived from the black Ethiopian/Cushites known as the Phrygians (natives of Mycenae). Their name of endearment for Mami was “Sybele,” (Cybella/Cybylle/Kybele), “Queen of Heavy: Mother of the Gods.” Some scholars believe that “Sibyl”is a Greek corruption of two words, Sioi, meaning “god,” and “bule,” meaning “to counsel”. Both words are dervied from their Afro-Aeolitic dialect of anciant Mycenea. Combined, it reads as “Siobule,” which phonetically evolved into the English “Sibyl.”
DR. DUKE is a member of a disappearing school of folk magic. He spends days and nights out in the woods and swamps and is therefore known as a “swamper.” A swamper is a root?and?conjure doctor who goes to the swamps and gathers his or her own herbs and roots. Most of the doctors buy their materials from regular supply houses.
He took me to the woods with him many times in order that I might learn the herbs by sight and scent. Not only is it important to be able to identify the plant, but the swamper must know when and how to gather it. For instance, the most widely used root known as John de Conqueror must be gathered before September 2ist. Wonder of the World Root must be spoken to with ceremony before it is disturbed, or forces will be released that will harm whoever handles it. Snakes guard other herbs and roots and must not be killed.
He is a man past fifty but very active. He believes his power is unlimited and that nothing can stand against his medicine.