Pomba Gira and the Quimbanda of Mbumba Nzila.
UK: Scarlet Imprint, 2011. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. [viii], iv + 215pp. Bright red patterned silk with black lettering to spine and illustrated art paper panel on upper board, thick patterned endpapers, b&w illustrations, numerous b&w sigils, glossary & bibliography. The "Salve Regina!" edition, limited to 769 numbered copies. In this volume Frisvold carefully unravels the skeins, revealing the origin of Pomba Gira in historical figures such as Maria Padilha, but more deeply still through archetype and myth to her very essence. He finds the origin of her name in Congo, the cult of divine possession amongst the slave camps of Brazil, and brings us through to her more modern manifestations and his personal work with the Queen of the Fig Tree in Hell. In Pomba Gira the author gives explicit workings, baths and waters, songs and chants. Plant allies among the nightshades are described in a full herbarium. The attractions and dangers for both men and women who make cult to her are presented, as are her many faces. Pomba Gira has origins in the witchcraft of Portugal, the Basque Country as well as Congo and the native influences of Brazil. The witchcraft fusion makes her cult particularly accessible to Westerners whose own traditions share much ground with Quimbanda. As an initiate and devotee, he gives an insider's view with the same respect and experience he demonstrates in Palo Mayombe: The Garden of Blood and Bones. 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. 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. There is a small rubbed patch - about the size of a cigarette end - in the upper right of the paper title label. Otherwise it is a lovely bright copy in about Fine condition. ( No dust jacket issued ). Item #69983