How Anti-Pagan St. Patrick Became Voodoo’s Damballa !

St. Patrick photo by Gordon T. Lawson. Licensed under CC 2.0

In Voodoo inside out, upside down, and backwards are often all the same thing. It's this creative way of thinking that allies Ireland's St. Patrick with the Haitian Vodou God Damballa. St. Patrick is notorious in legend for driving the snakes out of Ireland. However, today's article by Independent.ie tells us that it was most likely Pagans that were removed from Ireland by the saint. More specifically the group Crom Cruich, which used the snake as it's symbol. Crom Cruich literally translates to … [Read more...]

Not My Goat Head and Other Musings

Goat Heads by Maria Ly. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

  The story is this: According to reporter Sebastian Murdock on Monday March 3, 2014 “ Another goat head was found in a New York park. Yes, we said another. On Monday morning in New York City's Prospect Park, David Rabig was meandering along a wooded trail when his Boston Terrier, Leo, sniffed out the still-preserved head, DNAinfo reported.” I don't have the rights to reprint the photo(you can see it here), but it shows a severed white goat head with a tag in its ear … [Read more...]

Congo Square is the Place to Be…

Congo Square is the Place to Be...photo by Lilith Dorsey.

The following is a praise poem for the ancestor spirits residing in Congo Square, New Orleans, Louisiana. For more about this historic site please read Congo Square Redux.   Congo Square is the Place to Be...   Congo Square is the place to be... if you're a hundred and one or only three.   There are ghosts of slaves and power galore... rituals, and drum circles, and so much more.   It has seen the trials of time and tide, many a Voodoo … [Read more...]

Nzinga: Africa’s Queen Who Made Them Call Her King!

Inspirations... photo shared by Carvalheiro Vagner. Licensed under CC 2.0 text added.

March is Women's History month, and as usual I am left bemoaning the lesser known female heroes everywhere. In that spirit I wish to tell you a little bit about one amazing fierce African Queen Nzinga. Nzinga was named according to tradition because her umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck (the Kimbundu verb kujinga means to twist,)  this is said to mean the person would be proud. She lived up to her name becoming a inspirational visionary and a foremother to  modern warrior women … [Read more...]

Stop with the X, Get with the Checks: Save Marie Laveau’s Tomb!

Stop With the X, Get with the Checks: Save Marie Laveau's Tomb photo by Lilith Dorsey

Back in December of 2013, the tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau in St. Louis Cemetery Number One was painted “Pepto dismal” pink in an act of vandalism. A strong power wash was used to remove the paint, resulting in some serious damage to the tomb. This sacred Voodoo site is the second most visited grave in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of people have made the pilgrimage to leave offerings and to salute this Voodoo legend. Much more helpful than leaving X marks on the tomb, … [Read more...]

A Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau Musicology

Marie Laveau Painting in the Voodoo Spiritual Temple, New Orleans. Photo by Lilith Dorsey.

People have been singing about Marie Laveau probably since the time she was born. This famous Voodoo Priestess is the stuff of legend. People sing her praises, people sing to warn others of her power, people sing to remember. If you would like to know more about her legend and lore please read the Real Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. The most popular Marie Laveau song is probably the one written by Shel Silverstein. Mitch Myers is Silverstein's nephew and he gives us this information about the … [Read more...]

Battles and Big Chiefs: More History of the Mardi Gras Indians

Skeleton Rifle Indian photo by Infrogmation of New Orleans. Licensed under CC 2.0

As I started writing about in my last post, the Mardi Gras Indians are one of the most fascinating and intense facets of Carnival in New Orleans. There are a lot of reasons the tradition continues and people still "mask as Indian." Back in the day the tribes or gangs as they were called back then, would do actual battle in the street. Rival gangs fought it out with fists, knives, hatchets or worse, and there was much fear surrounding these altercations. The Violence came to an end however, with … [Read more...]


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