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...]

Voodoo Definitions: More Than Just A Word

Voodoo Sign02 photo by Dan Merino. Licensed under CC 2.0

These days there is Voodoo Economics, Voodoo Doughnuts, Voodoo Football, and last, or maybe first, we have the Voodoo Religion. The etymology of the word is almost as dangerously complex as the practices themselves.Many people hate the word Voodoo, even though they may have beliefs that others would describe that way. No doubt Voodoo has gotten a bad rap in the media, in the papers, in the minds of most people. In Haiti the tradition is properly referred to as Vodou, or Vodoun. The practices … [Read more...]

My Rituals Got Referred To As “Wicca-Themed” and I’m Not Happy

Veve for Maman Brigitte photo by Lilith Dorsey

Today I got a mention by another Voodoo author on their blog and it's all I can do not to write a rant. I don't have anything against this person, I'm not sure I've even met them. I believe he was doing his best to survey the current state of New Orleans Voodoo and the practices that occur in the Crescent city. As far as I am concerned I think he was incorrect in his description of my rituals as “wicca-themed.” They could have been called lusty, insane, or bizarre and that would have been a more … [Read more...]

ForeMama Said: Wit and Wisdom of Maya Deren

Homage to Maya Deren photo by Derrick Tyson. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Maya Deren, was a visionary, an author, a filmmaker, a Voodoo priestess who supposedly got possessed at cocktail parties. I too am an author, a filmmaker and Voodoo priestess, but I hope I handle my stuff better at cocktail parties, but maybe not. Deren was an inspiration to many, not just with her films, but with her words.  Maya Deren Quotes  “Myth is the facts of the mind made manifest in a fiction of matter.” - Maya DerenAbout her first film Meshes in the Afternoon she … [Read more...]

Legba Veve at the Cemetery: Voodoo Takes Action

Legba by Bart Everson licensed under CC 2.0

Papa Legba, Guardian of the Crossroads, wise counselor, proud father. He is honored in both New Orleans Voodoo and Haitian Vodou, 'Papa Legba Open the Door ! ' The following piece of video art offers up the creation of Papa Legba's veve made out of a cornmeal base  in a  New Orleans Cemetery. This particular ceremony was designed to honor those that we love who have passed, and to heal .   … [Read more...]

Maya Deren: Art, Magic, and Voodoo in Transfigured Time

Witch's Cradle by Maya Deren with Marcel Duchamp photo by SLPTWRK. Licensed under CC 2.0

The true beauty of Maya Deren is that she was a renaissance woman. Most people never get past the required freshman film viewing of Meshes in the Afternoon ( a film which she shot in two weeks on her honeymoon,) but her work is so much more. She was a legend, film theorist, poet, journalist, dancer, photographer, filmmaker, and Vodou priestess. Maya Deren's innate spirituality shone through in all that she did. The L.A. Weeklydescribed Maya Deren as “Fellini and Bergman wrapped in one gloriously … [Read more...]


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