Sexy Ghosts in the City: Pagan Pride 2013

Ancestor statues , Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam. Photo by Lilith Dorsey.

No doubt about it there is sex in the city, and there are ghosts in the city. Lots of ghosts in this city, my city, New York City. In the Voodoo tradition our ghosts are sexy, they are lusty, they are funny, they are lewd. That’s just the way they are. It probably stems in part from the fact that procreation is life and therefore very precious to those who have passed. All Afro-Caribbean pagan traditions: Voodoo, Vodou, Candomble, Obeah, hold the dead and the ancestors who have gone before in the highest regard. Very often they are given offerings of food, drink, money, tobacco, anything they may have enjoyed in life. There are also some very interesting characteristics that go along with these spirits of the dead. During Voodoo ceremonies when they manifest through possession and overall elan, participants have been known to stick their hands in each others’ pockets, looking for cash or whatever else they can find there. Now for the city part.

This year’s New York city Pagan Pride day, hosted by New York City Pagan Pride Project will return to Washington

Lilith Dorsey

Square Park on Sept 28, 2013. Now I am no stranger to this place, as a hippie teenager we sold crappy tye dye shirts there, as an undergrad film student I shot what seems like hours of student footage there, I did tarot readings there, I may even have passed out there once.

Most people don’t know that the ground under Washington Square Park was once a cemetery. For several years it was used as a “potter’s field,” for those less fortunate. The park is also home to the “hanging tree,” said to be the oldest tree in the city. I will be discussing all this, magic and more at my lecture Hoodoo, Voodoo, You Do ! Please stop by, say hello, get a reading, represent!!!

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About Lilith Dorsey

Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University and the University of London, and her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly , filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation, author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism and The African-American Ritual Cookbook, and choreographer for jazz legend Dr. John's "Night Tripper" Voodoo Show. She believes good ritual should be fun and innovative, and to that end she led the first ever Voodoo Zombie Silent Rave Ritual in July 2013, complete with confused Thriller flash mob.