Oya: Santeria’s Rider on the Storm

Oya Santeria's Rider on the Storm photo by Lilith Dorsey.

Oya is the Storm The Wind, the Tornado, the Hurricane... all of these are the domain of the great and powerful Santeria goddess Oya. She is change. Oya can very often be change in the form of severe weather. Civil rights activist Dick Gregory used to speak of the HER- icane, a powerful force of wind that started in Africa, where the roots of mass slavery began and carried it's ire over the ocean, destroying the “new world” and stopping at Canada which never has a system of enslaved peo … [Read more...]

Voodoo Priestess Says Bye Bye American Horror Story Coven

American Horror Story Coven Recruits photo by Lilith Dorsey

Zombies, Witch Hunters, Red-Eyed Papa Legba, and Blood Bathing Marie Laveau, honestly even if I live to see the "seven wonders,"... I may never see anything as strange as this again. American Horror Story Coven has brought New Orleans Voodoo and Witchcraft into our livingrooms these past several months and we may never be the same again.My post Voodoo Truth About Papa Legba got some viral Voodoo buzz, and I'd like to think that's because people really do want and need to know more about this … [Read more...]

Voodoo’s Bride of Death: Maman Brigitte

Detail Maman Brigitte flag by Leticia, photo by Lilith Dorsey

You might know her from the roses in her hair, the eye sockets in her skull, or the icy Voodoo hand there to hold if you need it. Maybe you don't even know her name. It's Brigitte, Maman Brigitte. She is the ancient primal feminine power.In Haitian Vodou she is honored as the first woman buried in every cemetery. Alongside her husband Baron Samedi, she guides and protects all who seek her blessing. Here devotees find wisdom, connection and healing justice. She is very often associated the … [Read more...]

Possession is 9/10th of Voodoo Law

Possession by Ged Carroll. Licensed under CC 2.0.

Possession is a mystery. It's one of those aspects of Voodoo that strikes fear deep in the hearts of men, I think because at its core it's about control. The whole process seems to scare people when it should inspire them. I've spoken a lot about what Voodoo sacred possession isn't. It isn't slapping a goddess in the face, it isn't vomiting pea soup, it probably isn't what you think it is. You can hear more of my thoughts on that here.I don't think I've gone a week in the past year without … [Read more...]

Legba Is Different From The Barons: We All Look Alike to You?

Dr. John and Lilith Dorsey at Krewe du Vieux. Photo by Lilith Dorsey.

There are a lot of divinities, or Lwa, in the Voodoo pantheon -- some say 101, some say 401, some say as many as you can imagine and then add one more. There are legions of spirits, each one unique and sacred in its own blessed way. Everyone has the potential to become divine, and that is one of the most beautiful things about the religion.My last post, where I spent less than a paragraph discussing American Horror Story: Coven, sparked a lot of attention. As a reply to a comment, I stated … [Read more...]

The Voodoo Truth About Papa Legba

Detail from Legba Ritual Altar. Photo by Lilith Dorsey

“We used to know we were stronger than the devil”- Amiri Baraka We used to know we weren't the devil either. I woke this morning with this quote from poet Amiri Baraka on my mind. The award winning poet, playwright, and visionary passed over into the realm of the ancestors Thursday January 9th. I remember seeing him (as much as a 4 year old can remember anything) at an interactive play he staged about the Underground Railroad. He was controversial and sometimes confrontational like V … [Read more...]

Power Washing and Cement on Marie Laveau’s Tomb, Please No!

Marie Laveau's tomb detail, before the damage and questionable restoration. Photo by Lilith Dorsey.

The Times-Picayune is reporting that the pressure washing of the tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau started on Thursday (Jan 2). The tomb is being restored by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Times-Picayune article reports that the non profit group Save Our Cemeteries is saying that there were "chips of brick and plaster from the tomb all over the ground." This is the second most visited grave in the United States, a sacred site for thousands of Voodoo and Vodou devotees, as well as other … [Read more...]


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