UK publishing house, Hadean press has announced that pre-orders are now open for a new release, Queen of the Seven Crossroads by Humberto Maggi. The publisher’s description follows:
“History and myth come together to create and continuously develop the definitions and the interpretations about who or what the Queens of Quimbanda are. The aim of this treatise is to provide a conceptual background for a better comprehension of the identity and role of the Queen of the Seven Crossroads which will enable the devotee to develop a consistent practice of work and communion with this elevated spirit.
“Humberto Maggi surveys the historical developments that influenced the creation of the concept of the Queen of the Seven Crossroads in the Brazilian magico-religious system Quimbanda that emerged in the first half of the 20th century, as well as the ideas and techniques inherited both from Europe and Africa.
“He looks at how various myths, historical figures, and misunderstandings combined to create one of the most powerful pombagiras – what elements shaped her, what and who inspired her legend, and how to work with her in your own practice.
“Readers will appreciate Humberto’s ability to uncover synchronicities and symbolisms that influence Pomba Gira Queen of the Seven Crossroads, and his description of how her imagery was developed and stabilised into the iconic bare-breasted, blood-red figure we are most familiar with today.
“Five hundred litho-printed hardcopies will be produced, section sewn with gold foil blocking on the front and spine, and covered in Skivertex Malaga. Paperback and digital editions will also be available. The hardcover and paperback edition can be pre-ordered now; the digital edition will be made available on 11 August, the official date of release.”