How Anti-Pagan St. Patrick Became Voodoo’s Damballa !

In Voodoo inside out, upside down, and backwards are often all the same thing. It’s this creative way of thinking that allies Ireland’s St. Patrick with the Haitian Vodou God Damballa. [Read more...]

Congo Square is the Place to Be…

The following is a praise poem for the ancestor spirits residing in Congo Square, New Orleans, Louisiana. For more about this historic site please read Congo Square Redux. [Read more...]

Nzinga: Africa’s Queen Who Made Them Call Her King!

March is Women’s History month, and as usual I am left bemoaning the lesser known female heroes everywhere. In that spirit I wish to tell you a little bit about one amazing fierce African Queen, Nzinga. [Read more...]

Stop with the X, Get with the Checks: Save Marie Laveau’s Tomb!

Back in December of 2013, the tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau in St. Louis Cemetery Number One was painted “Pepto dismal” pink in an act of vandalism. A strong power wash was used to remove the paint, resulting in some serious damage to the tomb. This sacred Voodoo site is the second most visited [Read More...]

A Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau Musicology

People have been singing about Marie Laveau probably since the time she was born. This famous Voodoo Priestess is the stuff of legend. People sing her praises, people sing to warn others of her power, people sing to remember. [Read more...]

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

The Mardi Gras Indians are the prettiest, baddest, the toughest… they used their wit, wisdom, and artistry to keep their heritage and themselves alive. They have been here for hundreds of years, and most likely will continue for hundreds more with their fine feathers. Dance on my friends! [Read more...]

Why the Mardi Gras Indians Won’t Bow Down

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. There are over 50 tribes in the city according to some. This is history, culture, and pride in graceful action. [Read more...]


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