The Search for Samo: Voodoo Universe’s Pilgrimage to Basquiat

His art itself is magick, power, and invocation writ both large and small….In any case this past Memorial Day weekend we travelled to the source itself to leave offerings and honor his spirit. [Read more...]

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Future Ancestors: What Are We Finding ?

We ate silently. Then we spoke of the people we loved, and the people we try to still know in death. One of the things that we found inspires us again and again was our ancestors courage and determination. Their willingness to take a leap, remember where they came from while still walking forward into a new tomorrow. [Read more...]

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Access the Spirit World with a Dumb Supper for Samhain

I remembered that when dealing with the ancestors, dumb supper or not, Silence is important. The stillness that is found in silence is when the ancestors best communicate. [Read more...]

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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...]

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Remembering The Dead Can Be A Dirty Business

New Orleans Voodoo has many ways of connecting to our treasured dead. Every sip of coffee, every step are more opportunities to honor and worship. Part of our tradition is sharing these ways with all who can appreciate them, allowing them to remember these ancestors each day. [Read more...]

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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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First, Last and Always: Ancestor Roundup

Honoring and recognizing the Ancestors comes first, last, and always in African Traditional Religions. [Read more...]

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