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Before Mario’s mother died he was asked to tell the stories of events that once plagued the town of Bainet. Three years later, these stories are compiled, telling intertwined tales of war between good and evil. Years of suffering under the reign of voodoo in his land begin to end when Protestants arrive, declaring war against voodoo. His own family becomes torn apart as his mother becomes a believer in the Christian faith, and his father continues to believe in the old voodoo gods, priestesses and rituals. Stories from the memories of Mario, witnesses, and voodoo believers who were converted to Christianity are all gathered in this rather fascinating book.
The author of "Voodoo and Christianity" explores the nature of these two beliefs, retelling the stories wherein faith changes the life of the storyteller Mario. It shows readers how terror inflicted by unknown evil forces can be powerful, yet not as powerful as anything that is truly good. It is an age-old tale of good versus evil yet retold from a different perspective. And although we know from the beginning chapters who will win this battle, it is the process by which the battle is won that creates an amazing plot line. Enlightening and captivating, the book is filled with the changing colors of a culture once dominated by fear, yet it triumphs in the end by the exercise of free will in choosing good over evil. Truly, "Voodoo and Christianity: Confrontations between Good and Evil" is a precious must-have book that is also worth sharing.