xu & the quimbanda of night and fire, is the strong companion to Pomba Gira and together with her gives the most complete account of this sorcerous cult.
Exu is the fusion of Umbanda, Angolan sorcery, European demonology and Kardec's spiritsm, erupting in a uniquely Brazilian cult of practical magical action. Spells, workings, hierarchies and origins are all given in detail.
This is an essential text for students of the grimoires, Satanism and Traditional Witchcraft, as well as those drawn to or working within the cults of Quimbanda, Candomble, Santeria, Palo Mayombe and the ATRs.
Quimbanda is a living tradition that gets results. It is a massive storehouse of magical lore, heresies and history which has absorbed aspects of Goetia, Grimorium Verum, Red Dragon and even Huysman's La Bas.
The origin of Exu is explored from the iconic Baphomet of Eliphas Levi and the influence of St Cyprian the patron saint of necromancers, back to Umbanda and the traditional African religions. Exu revels in a unique heritage that encompasses a Gnostic account of the crucifixion mystery, the concealed nature of St Michael Archangel and the native Shamanism of the Caboclos.
A forceful spirit, Exu presides over the kingdom of the world, and offers a fierce path for those that would take him as companion. He asks, what does it mean to be a man?
The Seven Legions of Exus are 'hot' spirits, and their work is considered black magic. The perils of this work are given, with the dangers of obsession by the Qlippoth and vampirism described. Guidance is offered and the path to ascension shown.
In Exu & the Quimbanda of Night and Fire Frisvold gives explicit workings for good and ill, a herbarium and details of offerings, powders and baths, songs and seals. He discusses the fearsome Exu Mor for the first time, a subject not treated in his previous works.
The standard Caveira edition of Exu is a encyclopaedic study of the devilish opposer. An octavo book of 352 pp illustrated with ten portraits of Exu in pen and ink by Enoque Zedro, and over 120 of his pontos riscados/seals. The boards are dressed in black moire cloth with a sunken letterpress panel depicting Exu Caveira. The stark typography and design capture the energy of this most masculine and demanding of spirits. Bibliotheque Rouge paperback and digital editions will also be available.
Frisvold is an intiate and gives an insider's view, drawing upon his years of experience in the cult. With access to texts, manuscripts and personal testimony this is the most definitive work on Exu available in English.
Many will be drawn to this book by the prospect of possession work and necromantic practice, they will not be disappointed.
It is a veritable Devil's Bible.
Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold is an anthropologist and psychologist who over the course of the last fifteen years been studying, both academically and practically, African and Afro-derived cults in the New World. This has led to a multiplicity of initiations into Vodou, both from Benin and Haiti, Santeria, Kimbanda, Palo Mayombe and Ifá. He belongs to the council of elders in the Ogboni society of Abeokuta, Nigeria. This is a significant expansion of the material first presented by Frisvold in his early work on the subject Kiumbanda. He has for the last decade lived in Brazil where his studies and involvement in traditional forms of metaphysics, faith, cult and witchcraft is a constant theme in his life.
His previous works with Scarlet Imprint are Pomba Gira, Palo Mayombe and an essay on Ifa in At the Crossroads.
His blog can be read here: www.starrycave.com
Exu book review: here