Orange is the New Black Puts On Santeria Whites

Orange is the New Black photo by Peabody Awards. Licensed under CC.2.0 Text added.

Rarely do we get a portrayal of the Santeria Religion, more correctly known as La Regla Lucumi, on television. It seems that Orange is the New Black is trying to change that. In the past media has made the religion a scapegoat for all dark and mysterious practices they wish to demonize. Television history has given us such sensationalized Santeria offerings as Eartha Kitt as Priestess Chata on the 1985 “Whatever Works” episode of Miami Vice. The episode opens in a typically trope-tastic way with … [Read more...]

Bourbon Bread Pudding Recipe for Marie Laveau

Bourbon Bread Pudding for Marie Laveau. Photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

There has been a recent culinary revival towards Bourbon. Those of us who are lovers of history know that Bourbon has for decades been sipped and savored throughout the Southern U.S. It's part of the Gothic mystique of the place. Fortunately no one knows mystique better than the city of New Orleans, specifically the city's powerful Voodoo community. As far as sacred spirits for the spirit go, New Orleans is famous for Absinthe, Sazerac and other liquid libations. The recent St. John's Eve … [Read more...]

FireFire Fireside Chats: Voodoo and Santeria Ashe Explained !

FireFireFire Side Chats: Voodoo and Santeria Ashe Explained with Lilith Dorsey

Ashe is a difficult concept for people to grasp. Voodoo and Santeria, or Lucumi, practitioners see it as the divine life force that permeates all things. It is both the unique sum of everything as well as the smallest atom of existence bordering on nothing. Almost every Voodoo workshop or interview I do people ask  me about Ashe. Here I am providing a short answer over the phone. Thanks for watching, remember to check out our other Youtube videos, and subscribe to our channel. You never know … [Read more...]

St. John’s Eve Blessings to You !!!

St. John's eve blessings 2 u photo by Lilith Dorsey 2014. All rights reserved.

June 23 is St. John's Eve, the most sacred night of New Orleans Voodoo. The original rites surrounding this day were led by the most famous of Voodoo Queens- Marie Laveau. Marie Laveau was a priestess of great magick and mystery and she is still worshiped by thousands today. Wandering Ghost by Jonathan Cott tells of the celebration of our spiritual ancestors that took place where “Bayou St. John enters Lake Ponchartrain.... Marie organized a fete, attended by several thousand persons in the mi … [Read more...]

St. John’s Eve Blessing Water Recipe

St. John's Eve Voodoo Blessing Ceremony preparations 2014, photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

St. John's Eve is thought of as the holiest day of the year in the New Orleans Voodoo tradition. Much of its popularity is due to the famous Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau who, it is believed, held large ceremonies for St. John Eve on the Bayou St. John and Lake Ponchartrain. There is much myth and misconception about this pioneering woman; for more information, please read the Real Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau.St. John's Eve is celebrated traditionally on June 23rd. It was a sacred time occurring … [Read more...]

Juneteenth Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

Juneteenth Strawberry Lemonade Recipe photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

June 19th marks the day more popularly known as Juneteenth, when the Texas slaves finally, years later than they should have, heard that they were free. I wrote a bit about the history and the lore of this event in my last post, please be sure to check it out here. These days Juneteenth is celebrated with parades, reenactments, storytelling and a whole lot of food.There are a lot of different culinary traditions that are associated with the remembrance of Juneteenth. Many revolve around … [Read more...]

Juneteenth History, Herstory, and Some Stuff in Between

Photo by Laura Blanchard. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Many people have never heard of the holiday Juneteenth. On June 19th 1865 the slaves in Texas finally heard the news that they were free from their chains. This occurred years after Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st 1863. The late news came from Major General Gordon Granger and his Union soldiers upon their arrival in the city of Galveston. You can read the full text stating "all slaves are free," at Notions Capital. Juneteenth celebrations today are a reality, a rem … [Read more...]


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