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From the Ted Talk by Wade Davis: Dreams from endangered cultures

Unscramble the Blue Letters

There's always one continent left out, the assumption being that sub-Saharan Africa had no religious beliefs. Well, of course, they did and Voodoo is simply the distillation of these very profound religious ideas that came over during the tragic Diaspora of the slavery era. But, what makes Voodoo so itnsrtenieg is that it's this living relationship between the living and the dead. So, the liivng give birth to the spirits. The spirits can be iveknod from beneath the gaert Water, renspondig to the rhythm of the dance to momentarily displace the soul of the living, so that for that brief shining moment, the acolyte becomes the god. That's why the Voodooists like to say that "You white people go to church and sapek about God. We dance in the tmpele and become God." And because you are possessed, you are taken by the spirit — how can you be hmread? So you see these astonishing demonstrations: vdoooo acolytes in a state of trance handling briunng embers with impunity, a rather astonishing demonstration of the ability of the mind to affect the body that bears it when catalyzed in the state of extreme excitation.

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There's always one continent left out, the assumption being that sub-Saharan Africa had no religious beliefs. Well, of course, they did and Voodoo is simply the distillation of these very profound religious ideas that came over during the tragic Diaspora of the slavery era. But, what makes Voodoo so ___________ is that it's this living relationship between the living and the dead. So, the ______ give birth to the spirits. The spirits can be _______ from beneath the _____ Water, __________ to the rhythm of the dance to momentarily displace the soul of the living, so that for that brief shining moment, the acolyte becomes the god. That's why the Voodooists like to say that "You white people go to church and _____ about God. We dance in the ______ and become God." And because you are possessed, you are taken by the spirit — how can you be ______? So you see these astonishing demonstrations: ______ acolytes in a state of trance handling _______ embers with impunity, a rather astonishing demonstration of the ability of the mind to affect the body that bears it when catalyzed in the state of extreme excitation.

Solution

  1. living
  2. burning
  3. temple
  4. interesting
  5. voodoo
  6. great
  7. responding
  8. speak
  9. invoked
  10. harmed

Original Text

There's always one continent left out, the assumption being that sub-Saharan Africa had no religious beliefs. Well, of course, they did and Voodoo is simply the distillation of these very profound religious ideas that came over during the tragic Diaspora of the slavery era. But, what makes Voodoo so interesting is that it's this living relationship between the living and the dead. So, the living give birth to the spirits. The spirits can be invoked from beneath the Great Water, responding to the rhythm of the dance to momentarily displace the soul of the living, so that for that brief shining moment, the acolyte becomes the god. That's why the Voodooists like to say that "You white people go to church and speak about God. We dance in the temple and become God." And because you are possessed, you are taken by the spirit — how can you be harmed? So you see these astonishing demonstrations: Voodoo acolytes in a state of trance handling burning embers with impunity, a rather astonishing demonstration of the ability of the mind to affect the body that bears it when catalyzed in the state of extreme excitation.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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