How far can luck take you in the Olympics?

| John Anderson | Sports

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Apparently from soup to nuts!

In the 2002 winter Olympic games, Steven John Bradbury, an Australian track speed skater, was passed his peak. He was already 29 and knew it was his last shot at an Olympic medal.

In the quarter-finals, Bradbury finished third and was supposed to be eliminated. But, since another runner was disqualified he advanced to the semi-finals.

In his semi-final race, he was about to finish last when force major intervened and three top competitors crashed, paving his way into the first place.

In the finals, he was well behind when all his competitors crashed out at the final corner. He avoided the pile-up and won the gold medal.

I’m not superstitious man, but this series of incidents – makes you wonder plane luck or really good Voodoo work…

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And if you are a voudou enthusiast, here are some more facts:

Voodoo is a religion that evolved from West African traditions while absorbing elements from Catholic Christianity. It originated in Haiti in the Caribbean but is presently also common in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and parts of the Bahamas and the United States.

According to Voodoo there’s a single almighty Creator – Bondye (an abbreviation of the French word Bon Dieu, meaning the good lord).

However, unlike most monotheistic religions,  in Voodoo religion, God does not deal with the material world and is not accessible to human beings. Instead, the world is governed by a large number of subordinate spirits called Loa or  Lwa in Haitian voodoo. 

These spirits are at the center of the Voodoo worship and the object of all prayers and ceremonies. The connection with the Loas takes place in ceremonies through music, singing, and dancing, and they are revealed in the form of a brief hold on one of the participants. When a Loa spirit holds a person’s body, she controls it, speaks from his throat, and expresses through it the behavior that is characteristic of her. The rest of those present at the ceremony treat the same person as a loan in and of itself.

Prominent Loas include:

  • Papa Legba – the mediator between humans and the spirit world. Any communication with the spiritual world requires his permission, so he is called first in every ceremony.
  • Damballa – is considered a fatherly and intelligent figure and is often described as a snake. His favorite facilitator during worship is an egg.
  • Papa Ghede – The gatekeeper to the world of the dead, also linked to sexuality. He tends to exhibit a lot of humor when he is revealed in the ceremony and often uses foul language and obscene gestures.
  • Erzulia Farda – the spirit of love and beauty, she is described as beautiful, rich, sensitive she also tends to be jealous and often cries. She loves her offering to include perfumes and cosmetics.

And if you are a voudou enthusiast, here are some more facts:

Voodoo is a religion that evolved from West African traditions while absorbing elements from Catholic Christianity. It originated in Haiti in the Caribbean but is presently also common in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and parts of the Bahamas and the United States.

According to Voodoo there’s a single almighty Creator – Bondye (an abbreviation of the French word Bon Dieu, meaning the good lord).

However, unlike most monotheistic religions,  in Voodoo religion, God does not deal with the material world and is not accessible to human beings. Instead, the world is governed by a large number of subordinate spirits called Loa or  Lwa in Haitian voodoo. 

These spirits are at the center of the Voodoo worship and the object of all prayers and ceremonies. The connection with the Loas takes place in ceremonies through music, singing, and dancing, and they are revealed in the form of a brief hold on one of the participants. When a Loa spirit holds a person’s body, she controls it, speaks from his throat, and expresses through it the behavior that is characteristic of her. The rest of those present at the ceremony treat the same person as a loan in and of itself.

Prominent Loas include:

  • Papa Legba – the mediator between humans and the spirit world. Any communication with the spiritual world requires his permission, so he is called first in every ceremony.
  • Damballa – is considered a fatherly and intelligent figure and is often described as a snake. His favorite facilitator during worship is an egg.
  • Papa Ghede – The gatekeeper to the world of the dead, also linked to sexuality. He tends to exhibit a lot of humor when he is revealed in the ceremony and often uses foul language and obscene gestures.
  • Erzulia Farda – the spirit of love and beauty, she is described as beautiful, rich, sensitive she also tends to be jealous and often cries. She loves her offering to include perfumes and cosmetics.