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The White Darkness: Spirit Possession in Haitian Vodou

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The Ecology, Cosmos & Consciousness salon presents:

The White Darkness: Spirit Possession in Haitian Vodou

Gabriel Toso

Tuesday, 28th March, 2017

October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London, WC1N 3AL

Entry £8 /£6 Concessions, Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm Start - Wine & Beer available

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The White Darkness: Spirit Possession in Haitian Vodou

Possession is, in the words of Maya Deren, ’the centre towards which all the roads of Vodou converge’. Nothing is more sacred, nothing more meaningful; at once physical and transcendental. In this lecture Gabriel Toso shares his research and personal experience on this often misunderstood quintessential aspect of Haitian Vodou. He will focus on the complex relationship between the possessing lwas (gods) and the possessed person, especially in the context of ritual ceremonies. This is the ultimate Union, the closest one can possibly be to the divine. Yet, what happens to our own body, mind and spirit during this sacred ride?

Gabriel Toso is a French/Italian art historian born in Venice and living in London. He has more than ten years experience of working in the art market while also collaborating with the Learning, Volunteers and Audiences department of the British Museum. Moved by a profound interest in the spiritual path, he has been traveling and participating in ceremonies in both Haiti and Brazil. He has previously lectured on different elements of Haitian Vodou, from its art and sacred ritual objects to its surprisingly progressive relationship to the LGBT community.

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