Battles and Big Chiefs: More History of the Mardi Gras Indians

Skeleton Rifle Indian photo by Infrogmation of New Orleans. Licensed under CC 2.0

As I started writing about in my last post, the Mardi Gras Indians are one of the most fascinating and intense facets of Carnival in New Orleans. There are a lot of reasons the tradition continues and people still "mask as Indian." Back in the day the tribes or gangs as they were called back then, would do actual battle in the street. Rival gangs fought it out with fists, knives, hatchets or worse, and there was much fear surrounding these altercations. The Violence came to an end however, with … [Read more...]

Why the Mardi Gras Indians Won’t Bow Down

Mardi Gras Indian Katrina Suit photo by Lilith Dorsey 2010.

Strong, Powerful, Proud: all of these words have been correctly used to describe the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans. The tradition is older than the city itself. Some say its origins date back to the 1700's, but like much of the city's history, everyone loves to debate it. The names are as exotic as the costumes: Guardians of the Flame, the Black Seminoles, Creole Hunters, Wild Tchoupitoulas, Golden Eagles, Wild Magnolia, and the Flaming Arrows to name a few. There are over 50 tribes in the … [Read more...]

Review: Manifesting Wealth by Taylor Ellwood

Manifesting Wealth by Taylor Ellwood.

Wealth is a difficult subject. Everyone wants it, people will die, or even kill for it. Taylor Ellwood has tackled this topic in his latest book Manifesting Wealth: Magic for Prosperity, Love and Health.The book examines wealth as a process, where gaining, maintaining, and sustaining are emphasized. How in the world does one do that you might ask, and Ellwood tackles these problems, actions steps and solutions from many different angles. He begins by asking the reader to fully examine their … [Read more...]

Lessons From a Voodoo Priestess On Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse

Lilith Dorsey Double Zombie photo by Don Waterhawk.

There are definitely some practical tips and some special Voodoo secrets for surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. Many of you know I'm way down in New Orleans celebrating Carnival time. Tonight I will be reading Voodoo tarot cards and Walking Dead Zombie watching at Snake and Jake's Christmas Club lounge. So in honor of that here are some lessons from a Voodoo Priestess on Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.Disclaimer: I've discussed in depth how voodoo is related to Zombies in only the most remote … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Erzulie- The Faces of Love by Tehron Gillis

untitled photo by !paco! Text added. Licensed by CC 2.0

Love, what other meaning does life need to exist? Do we need to exist?  It begets our greatest of accomplishments and forgives our deepest shortcomings.  As the oxygen of our spirits it pumps through our divine anatomy, and in the anatomy of the divine it is Erzulie that is the heart.  A heart that breaks for our transgressions towards each other, that hardens in the face of injustice, and quickens when enraged.  As we study the rhythms of the heart we begin to learn the many faces of Erz … [Read more...]

Bless Your Soul with Florida Water

Murray & Lanman's Florida Water photo by Boston Public Library. Licensed under CC 2.0

“Voodoo smells great,” this is one of the first things my godchildren say to newcomers to our rituals. They are right. One of the most divine things about Voodoo and Santeria is that these religions find a way to deliciously bless and protect participants with some delightful magickal scents. One of the main blessing ingredients used is Florida Water. This isn't actually a water at all. It's Florida Water Cologne, it has an alcohol base and a history as long as my arm.  Murray and Lan … [Read more...]

How You Can Help Support the Restoration of Marie Laveau’s Tomb!

Support the Restoration of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau's Tomb photo by Lilith Dorsey.

Marie Laveau is the Ultimate Voodoo Queen. There is no contest. She is more famous than all the others combined, and this was even before her recent appearance in the popular media.As many of you know back in December, the world famous tomb of  Marie Laveau was painted pink by a vandal according to sources quoted by author Denise Alvarado in her piece "The Mystery of The Pink Tomb is Solved." For more information on Marie Laveau worship and the original incident  you can also check out the V … [Read more...]


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