Voodoo: 5 Reasons this Extraordinary Religion Makes People Scared

Voodoo Blues photo by Ben Didier. Licensed under CC 2.0

Voodoo can be scary, but not for the reasons that come to most people's minds. New Orleans Voodoo and Haitian Vodou are the Frankenstein monsters of religions. People love to point fingers, sticks, and flaming torches at that which they have created, yet tragically don't understand. Voodoo seems to be at the top of this insane vigilante list. Not a week goes by where the news media isn't attempting to demonize this ancient religion, and as always I am left scratching my head. Every random cow … [Read more...]

Blog Anniversary- Voodoo Universe’s Top Ten Posts You Probably Missed

The Voodoo Universe photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

The Voodoo Universe blog has made it a whole year. It's been a year of weirdness and wondrousness. We've manged to feature some amazing stuff about New Orleans Voodoo and Marie Laveau, as well as La Regla Lucumi (Santeria,) Candomble, Ifa, and Haitian Vodou. There were some wildly successful posts, usually having to do with American Horror Story Coven or Orange is the New Black, and some that didn't get the notice they deserve. So I'm going to take this opportunity to sift through 169 pearls of … [Read more...]

Voodoo Not Legit? Just Quit Please !

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The Voodoo religion flame wars are flying. Not that this is a new thing, I had the first ever Voodoo website back in 1992. Then, as now, I tried to provide respectful and accurate information and products for devotees of Voodoo, Vodou, and La Regla Lucumi, better known as Santeria. I published the Oshun- African Magickal Quarterly, and we featured writings from people who have now become icons in the religion.Back then I mostly lectured in the Pagan community and I would constantly find my … [Read more...]

Agayu: The Volcano’s God of Fire

Volcanic Eruption (fantasy) photo by Maxwell Hamilton. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Some know the sacred energy of the volcano as Vulcan, Pele, Konohana Sakuya Hime, or Chaifi, but in the Afro-Caribbean religion of Lucumi (Santeria) this divine mix of fire and earth is the domain of Agayu. This fiery Orisha, also known as Agallu, Agayu Sola, Argayu Sola, and Aganyu, is ancient and powerful. He is sometimes associated with St. Christopher, whose feast day is July 25th , although some Santeria houses celebrate on July 10th. He is served offerings of boiled corn, pineapple, okra, … [Read more...]

Naked Voodoo: The Sexualization of a Religion

In the Zombie Voodoo Dolly boudoir picture by Moggs Oceanlane. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Everything wants to be naked these days. There is naked pizza, naked popcorn... naked fruitcake, we have all seen enough of those. Clearly some things should keep their clothes on. Voodoo and Vodou are religions born in secrecy and struggle. They were raised up on the bruises of the oppressed and fed on the strange fruit of those who did not survive these horrible injustices. The spells, formulas, rites, and practices were performed in secret because they were illegal and powerful. Now they can … [Read more...]

Saut d’Eau : Vodou’s Sacred Water Flows in Haiti

Rush photo by Vikram Vetrivel. Licensed under CC 2.0, photo cropped and text added.

Born in fire and blessed in water the religion of Vodou is strong . Each year between July 14th and 16th thousands of Haitian practitioners of Vodou make the pilgrimage to the waterfalls called Saut D'eau, known in Kreyol as Sodo. July 16 is the Catholic feast day for the Virgin of Mount Carmel, who is often associated with the Vodou Lwa Erzulie, patron of love.Legend has it that the waterfalls became sacred after the sighting of the Virgin Mary, who appeared on a palm tree there in the … [Read more...]

Ancestor Poem: Gede Better All The Time – You Got to Admit

The Loa of Thai Food by Mish Sukharev. Licensed under CC 2.0

Gede Better All The Time by Lilith Dorsey If I ask you really nice will you put it in your pants,Stop waving it in my face,Doin' that funky chicken dance.Here's a little green, some smokes, and some rum,Show me what we're working with I know it will be fun. The honored ancestors are called Maman, Baron, Oya and EgunThey're best fed at night, under the stars, under the moon.We will plant you some flowers, laugh and pour out some … [Read more...]


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