The 21 Divisions
Mysteries and Magic of Dominican Voodoo
One of the first books to explore the unique tradition of Dominican shamanism, the magical practices called the 21 Divisions.
Like all forms of Caribbean Voodoo, practitioners of the 21 Divisions believe in one God, a distant God that doesn’t get involved in human affairs. Followers of this Dominican spiritual tradition believe that God created intermediaries to help humans, beings known as Los Misterios.
The Misterios are powerful beings with rulership and dominion over universal forces and human conditions. Practitioners of the 21 Divisions have ways of connecting with the Misterios to achieve success in life, improve their careers, resolve love and relationship issues, heal illness, and much more.
Filled with detailed insider information and real stories of healing, magic, and mystery, this book will serve as an illuminating guide to the 21 Divisions. Hector Salva—one of the foremost authorities on the practice of the 21 Divisions—offers his insights into:
- The history and foundations of Dominican Voodoo
- The major Misterios, or spirits, of the 21 Divisions
- Ceremonies, rituals, and magical spells
- How to get started on the path of the 21 Divisions
Praise For The 21 Divisions: Mysteries and Magic of Dominican Voodoo…
— Publishers Weekly
— Miss Aida, author of Hoodoo Cleansing and Protection Magic
— Starr Casas, author of Old Style Conjure and Divination Conjure Style
“As both an academic and a priest of Afro-Diasporic traditions, I often react with hopeful trepidation when anyone who doesn't wear both those hats publishes a book on the subject. I am therefore pleased with this offering from Hector Salva. Neither a dry analysis nor simply another attempt at a DIY manual, this book combines a personal journey of religious exploration with a broad view of the diverse and multifaceted tradition of Dominican Vodú (21 Divisions). Anyone reading this will come away with a better understanding of Afro-Dominican religiosity.”
— Eoghan Craig Ballard, Ph.D., Ethnographer
“Based on his own deep insights as a brujo (wizard), Hector Salva has written a concise, colorful introduction to the divinities and rituals of Dominican Vodou. This is religious ethnography as it should be written and read.”
— Donald Cosentino, Professor Emeritus, World Arts and Cultures, University of California-Los Angeles, author of Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou and In Extremis: Death and Life in Twenty-First Century Haitian Art
“French and Spanish colonizers carved an island in half, but they could not kill its people’s spirits. Many have heard of the African Diaspora traditions of the Haitian side of this island, but not as many know about the Dominican side. Papa Hector Salva introduces us to the world of the 21 Divisions of Dominican Voodoo. The 21 Divisions is a deep, colorful narrative about a lesser-known tradition and its continued survival inside the Dominican Republic and the rest of the world. Papa Hector’s contribution to our understanding of the Misterios and their servants is important and deeply needed.”
— Mambo Chita Tann, author of Haitian Vodou: An Introduction to Haiti’s Indigenous Spiritual Tradition
— Elhoim Leafar, author of The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags
Weiser Books, 9781578636815, 240pp.
Publication Date: June 1, 2020
About the Author
Hoodoo Sen Moise (pronounced mo-eez) was raised in Southern Conjure and Hoodoo. As a child, he was taught by his grandfather to speak with the ancestors and, by the age of four, was able to see the spirits and had learned to open the door to power, wisdom, and service. He is now among the foremost authorities on the topic and also an initiated practitioner of several African Diaspora traditions. Hoodoo Sen Moise resides in New Orleans, where he is co-owner of the shop Conjure New Orleans with author Starr Casas. He teaches in New Orleans, Salem, and elsewhere in the United States. Working Conjure is his first book.