Memory, It’s In The Mix – Ancestor Remembrance Recipes

The tradition of New Orleans Voodoo celebrates it’s dead every day of the year. They artfully parade them down the streets in Second Line Jazz extravaganzas that are a feast for the eyes and ears. They house their dearly departed in above ground cities of the Dead, some of which are elaborate pyramids, others which have homemade headstones and bones poking out. [Read more...]

Art, Ancestors, Christians, and Pagans

One thing that strikes me as ironic as we being the ancestor remembrance discussions is how many customs are similar in these two traditions. Many Voodoo and/or Vodou practitioners are also practicing Christians, and that has been the case since Christianity began. [Read more...]

The Baron is Dead – RIP Geoffrey Holder !!!

Holder played the laughing and mischievous Baron Samedi, the king of the Dead. In the New Orleans Voodoo and the Haitian Vodou religions, the Baron is charged with keeping all the other dead in line, he is most respected, revered, and often feared. [Read more...]

Remembering The Ancestors By Creating Voodoo Flags

The ancestors are, by definition responsible for our own creation. In turn in the traditions of New Orleans Voodoo and Haitian Vodou we continue to create in honor of them. These creations can be in the form of song, dance, food, or more traditional artistic offerings such as Voodoo flags, also known as drapo. [Read more...]

First, Last and Always: Ancestor Roundup

Honoring and recognizing the Ancestors comes first, last, and always in African Traditional Religions. [Read more...]

Liquor is Quicker- Spirits for the Spirit

I received a promotional keychain from the Bacardi company some years back that even spoke of the bat as “ the emblem of mystical power and good fortune.” [Read more...]

Voodoo Universe Explores Babalu Aye and Ricky Ricardo

Babalu Aye is an Orisha, or demi-god, in the religion of Santeria, more properly known as La Regla Lucumi. Most people, however, only recognize the words as those of the popular television character Ricky Ricardo, played by Desi Arnaz on I Love Lucy, one of the most famous shows of all time. [Read more...]


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