Voodoo Definitions: More Than Just A Word

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 are a complex system of worship that gracefully touches every aspect of life. [Read more...]

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

Today I got a mention by another Voodoo author on their blog and it’s all I can do not to write a rant. 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 fitting description. [Read more...]

ForeMama Said: Wit and Wisdom of Maya Deren

Deren was an inspiration to many, not just with her films, but with her words.“Myth is the facts of the mind made manifest in a fiction of matter.” – Maya Deren [Read more...]

Legba Veve at the Cemetery: Voodoo Takes Action

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

The true beauty of Maya Deren is that she was a renaissance woman. 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 possessed body.” [Read more...]

Frequently Asked Questions About Ancestor Altars

Yesterday I wrote in detail about Creating Ancestor Altars in Santeria, Vodou, and Voodoo. Anyone can create an altar or shrine for the ancestors, and it is a great way to begin to open up your spiritual avenues. [Read more...]

Creating Ancestor Altars in Santeria, Vodou, and Voodoo

Ancestor Altars and shrines are a part of many different religions. They are present in Christian homes, Buddhist homes, Pagan homes, and even in Atheists’ homes. They can be as simple as a glass of water and a picture of Grandpa, or given an entire room to spread out in. [Read more...]


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