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If you are a survivor, please be careful in reading the information compiled here. It is impossible to give information on ritual abuse, and about people's opinions about ritual abuse, in a way that is not upsetting and/or triggering. Only you know how much is wise to read, and how much information you can absorb at one time.

Africa-Centered Religions

Anon. The American Focus on Satanic Crime: Vol. 2. American Focus Publishers, Edison, NJ.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Witchcraft and Satanism in America -- African and Afro-Caribbean Witchcraft -- Documented Proof of Satanic Crime -- Satanic Conditioning -- Islam & Satanism -- Child Abuse: Reporting and Handling a Growing Problem -- Understanding Sexual Abuse -- Guidelines For Schools, Etc. -- Teens and the Occult -- Santeria and Related Afro-Caribbean Religions -- Demonic Possession -- Cults -- Gangs in America -- Child Abuse in Religious Cults and Sects -- Destructive Cults

Anon, The American Focus on Satanic Crime: Vol. 3A. American Focus Publishers, Edison, NJ.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Magick: The Cornerstone of the Occult -- Occult Motivation -- Occult Religions: Analysis of Beliefs and Practices (Paganism: Wicca: Traditions: Group Structure: Customs and Practices: Ritual Tools: Calendar) -- Afro-Caribbean: Santeria (Group Structure: Customs and Practices: Calendar: Palo Mayombe: Ju-Ju) -- Satanism (Group Structure: Traditions: Customs and Practices: Ritual Tools: Identification of Practices: Deity Catalog: The Language of The Occult: The Subculture of The Occult) -- Ritual Sites (Determining the Site: Circles: Pentagrams: Candles: Curses: Book of Shadows: Graveyard Desecrations) -- Gathering Intelligence: -- Investigating by Computer -- Occult Supply Stores -- Informants -- The Law Enforcement Officer Safety and the Occult.

Davis, Wade. (1985) The serpent and the rainbow. Simon and Schuster, NY, NY.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: A Note on Orthography - The Jaguar - The Frontier of Death - The Calabar Hypothesis - White Darkness and the Living Dead - A Lesson in History - Everything Is Poison Nothing Is Poison - Columns on a Blackboard – Voodoo Death - The Serpent and the Rainbow - Tell My Horse - Dancing in the Lions Jaw - Sweet As Honey Bitter As Bile - Epilogue - Annotated Bibliography
NOTE: From the publisher: "In April 1982, ethnobotanist Wade Davis arrived in Haiti to investigate two documented cases of zombis -- people who had reappeared in Haitian society years after they had been officially declared dead and had been buried. Drawn into a netherworld of rituals and celebrations, Davis penetrated the vodoun mystique deeply enough to place zombification in its proper context within vodoun culture. In the course of his investigation, Davis came to realize that the story of vodoun is the history of Haiti -- from the African origins of its people to the successful Haitian independence movement, down to the present day, where vodoun culture is, in effect, the government of Haiti's countryside." There is no mention of ritual abuse per se, although there are references to Ewen Cameron (who was funded by the CIA).
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De La Torre, Miguel A.  (2004) Santería: The beliefs and rituals of a growing religion in America. Wm B, Eerdmans Pub., Grand Rapids, MI.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Santeria What Is It? Creation - The Orishas and Their Legends - The Rituals - Oracles - Historical Roots - A Religion of Resistance - An Emerging Religion within a Christian Environment - Glossary -
NOTE: From the publisher: “(Santeria) has close to a million adherents in the United States alone. ..De La Torre, who was reared in Santeria, sets out in this book to provide a basic understanding of its inner workings. He clearly explains the particular worldview, myths, rituals, and practices of Santeria, and he discusses what role the religion typically plays in the life of its practitioners as well as the cultural influence it continues to exert in Latin American communities today.”
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Devine, Mary (1992) Magic From Mexico: Folk magic, prayers, spells and recipes as taught by the wise women of Guadalupe. Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN
NOTE: From the publisher: "A mysterious ancient religion, born in America, lives and thrives. Explore Brujeria -- the religio-magical system with Aztec roots that has survived the Spanish Conquest, the Inquisition, and urban-industrial America. Now, 16 real-life brujas reveal their practical folk magic, spells, divinations, rites, prayers, and meditations. They will show you how to tell the future with the tarot, who your personal Guardian Saints are, and how to protect against evil."

Edmonds, Ennis Barrington  and Gonzalez, Michelle A. Eds. Caribbean religious history: An Introduction. NY Univ. Press, NY, NY.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Caribbean Crossroads: Historical and Theoretical Considerations - Amerindians and Spanish Catholics in Contact - Early Colonial Catholicism - Protestantism in the Colonial Caribbean - Santería, Palo Monte, Abakuá, Vodou, and Espiritismo – Revival, Zion, and Spiritual Baptists - Post-Independence: Mainline Protestantism and Pentecostalism - Hinduism, Islam, and Rastafarianism - Legitimation Indigenization, and Contextualization - Conclusion - Notes - Bibliography
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Fernández-Olmos, Margarite  and Paravisini-Gebert, Lizabeth. (2003) Creole religions of the Caribbean: An introduction from Vodou and Santería to Obeah and Espiritismo. NY Univ.Press, NY, NY. And London, England.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Introduction - Historical Background - Santeria Regla de Ocha - The AfroCuban Religious Traditions of Regla de Palo and the Abakua Secret Society - Haitian Vodou - Obeah Myal and Quimbois - Rastafarianism - Creole Spiritism in Cuba Puerto Rico and the United States  - Glossary -
Notes - Bibliography - Discography
NOTE: From the publisher: “….a scholarly introduction to the various Creole religions of the Caribbean. Common roots and comparative aspects are explored, and chapters on each religion cover historical origins, major rituals and deities, and their divination in current culture. Broad historical information on the Caribbean region is also given. Unique to such a study, this book uses extracts from novels…”
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González-Wippler, Migene. (1994) Santería: The religion, faith, rites, magic, Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Introduction - The Orisha Tradition - What ls Santeria? Gods of Santeria - Spirits of the Dead - Priest of Santeria - High Priest of Santeria - Mother of the Secrets - The Divining Coconut - The Divining Cowrie Shells - Magical Herbs - The Offering - Sacrificial Ceremonies - The Initiations - Making the Saint - The Drums - Spirit Possession - Spells and Magic - Orisha Power - Witchcraft and Santeria - The Religion in Brazil - The Church and Santeria - The Botanica - A Spiritual Beginning - Glossary - Bibliography
NOTE: From the publisher: “Brought to Cuba as slaves, the Yoruba people of West Africa preserved their religion's heritage by disguising their gods as Catholic saints and worshipping them in secret. The resulting religion is known as Santeria, a blend of primitive magic and Catholicism now practiced by an estimated five million (The author combines her studies as an) anthropologist and personal experience as a Santerian initiate. .. Interviews with practitioners reveal aspects of the religion rarely disclosed to non-believers.”
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Kail, Tony. (2011)  Cry from the bush: A Christian response to Africa's epidemic of witch hunts, child witches and deadly exorcisms. CreateSpace, Internet publisher.
NOTE: The book is written for churches, mission groups and non-governmental organizations working in Africa. A blog carries news of ritual abuse, exorcisms, witches and witch hunts throughout Africa.

Murrell, Nathaniel Samuel. (2010) Afro-Caribbean religions: An introduction to their historical, cultural and sacred traditions. Temple Univ. Press, Philadelphia, PA.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Introduction - Historical Roots of Afro-Caribbean Religions - Haitian Religion - Cuban Religion of the Orisha and Drums - Creole Religions of the Southern Caribbean - Culture of Resistance and Rhythms - Conclusion - Notes - Glossary - Selected Bibliography

NOTE: From the publisher: “Nathaniel Samuel Murrell provides a comprehensive study that respectfully traces the social, historical, and political contexts of these religions. And, because Brazil has the largest African population in the world outside of Africa, and has historic ties to the Caribbean, Murrell includes a section on Candomble, Umbanda, Xango, and Batique. This accessibly written introduction to Afro-Caribbean religions examines the cultural traditions and transformations of all of the African-derived religions of the Caribbean along with their cosmology, beliefs, cultic structures, and ritual practices."
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Oke, I. (1991) Blood Secrets: The true story of demon worship and ceremonial murder. Berkeley Publishing Group, NY, NY.
NOTE: A Nigerian describes his experience as a priest of traditional and perverted juju, from which Voodoo and Santeria are derived.

Tann, Mambo Chita. (2012) Haitian Vodou: An introduction to Haiti's indigenous spiritual tradition. Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN.
NOTE: From the publisher: “Mambo Chita Tann explores the historical roots and contemporary practices of this unique tradition (Vodou), including discussions of:customs, beliefs, sacred spaces, and ritual objects; characteristics and behaviors of the Lwa, the spirits served by Vodou practitioners; common misconceptions such as “voodoo dolls” and the zombie phenomenon; questions and answers for attending ceremonies and getting involved in a sosyete (Vodou house); correspondence tables, Kreyol glossary, supplemental prayer texts, and an extensive list of reference books and online resources."
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Wafer, Jim . (1991) The taste of blood: Spirit possession in Brazilian Candomblé. Univ of PA Press, P hiladelphia, PA.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Participants  - Pre-Text - Exu - The Lips of Pomba-Gira - Padilha's Vow - Corquisa - Caboclo - Order and Progress - Of Keys - Villages - Orixá - Child Spirits - The Throne - Tempo - Epilogue: Egum - Postface - Glossary - References 
NOTE: From the publisher: “Jim Wafer uncovers the social life, rituals, folklore, and engaging personalities of the villagers of Jacari, among whom trances, sorcery, and spirit possession demonstrate the coexistence of different kinds of reality. This ethnography is intriguing not only because of the originality of its approach to the more enigmatic aspects of another culture but also because it uses insights gained from participation in that culture to reflect on the paradoxes inherent in the writer's own culture, and in the human condition in general."
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West, Alan, Ed. (2003) African Caribbeans: A reference guide. Greenwood Pub, Westport, CT.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Anguilla - The Bahamas - Barbados - The Cayman Islands - Cuba - The Dominican Republic - French Guiana - Haiti - Jamaica - Martinique -  The Netherlands Antilles Curaçao Bonaire St Eustatius Saba Aruba and St Maarten - Puerto Rico – Suriname - Trinidad and Tobago - The United States Virgin Islands - AfroCaribbean Glossary -  Suggested Reading
NOTE: From the publisher: “Each of the 15 chapters introduces a country, island, or group of islands, providing an overview from the arrival of slaves to the current situation. Topics include, history, economy, politics, social stratification, race relations, cultural highlights, religion, and notable figure.”
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