Zora Neale Hurston … What You Probably Don’t Know

She was born the child of two former slaves in 1891, and despite many trials and tribulations she showed us all you can’t keep a good woman down. Zora is known for her books, her poems, her quotes, but there is a lot people don’t know. [Read more...]

Who Owns the Dead?

People are calling for all kinds of action in the matter of Marie Laveau from calls to petitions to protests. Time will tell how best to proceed. After discussing the matter with one friend we quickly came to the conclusion that while the current situation was indeed difficult, these religions of Voodoo, Vodou, and Lucumi (Santeria,) have always been made to take a backseat to more mainstream practices. [Read more...]

2014 Voodoo and Santeria on Television- That’s Not Entertainment !

I will continue to watch the mainstream media, with a hopefully eye, a scratchy head, and a prayer we don’t get anymore roaches. [Read more...]

Maman Brigitte Beet Salad Recipe

There is a mistress of the cemetery, a bride dressed in white lace, she knows of love and loss, and her name is Maman Brigitte. In the religions of New Orleans Voodoo and Haitian Vodou Maman Brigitte ( also called Gran Brigitte) is the Lwa, or Goddess, of the dead. [Read more...]

Voodoo Cruise Exhibit Sinks To A New Low

Obviously these things are not about real life. Seeing is believing however, and when most people have images that look like the demented maniacs found in television, film, and these theme attractions, how are they supposed to form a different truth. [Read more...]

Ancestral Remembering – The Funny Thing About Memory

Reconciliation is a huge issue. I feel like there is no way to write this as a person of both African-American and Native-American descent without mention that we may never reconcile the past and most of us are still fearful for the future. These things weigh heavy on my mind on the heels of both Columbus Day and Cornel West’s arrest this week. [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...]


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