First, Last and Always: Ancestor Roundup

Sleepy Hollow cemetery photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

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

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Top Ten Survival Tips for Pagan Festivals

Top Ten Survival Tips For Pagan festivals photo by Lilith Dorsey.  All rights reserved .

We are sarong deep in that time again people. Pagan festival season lets us get our freak on from Canada to Florida, and our sacred souls need it. I’ve been attending Pagan festivals for over two decades now, and I have gleaned a few survival tips I’d like to share with you. [Read more...]

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Bourbon Bread Pudding Recipe for Marie Laveau

Bourbon Bread Pudding for Marie Laveau. Photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

Variation on the recipe for Bourbon Whiskey Bread Pudding featured in my African-American Ritual Cookbook. It would make a wonderful offering for Marie Laveau, Dr. John or any of the strong spirits of the Crescent City. Food is the simplest and most vital way to connect to divinity, and it’s tasty too. [Read more...]

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Juneteenth Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

Juneteenth Strawberry Lemonade Recipe photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

There are a lot of different culinary traditions that are associated with the remembrance of Juneteenth. Many revolve around strawberries, strawberry soda, strawberry pie, strawberry lemonade. If you are a northern born Yankee like me you are probably scratching your head when people say Strawberry soda, we don’t really have that here. What we do have is a long love affair with Strawberry Lemonade. [Read more...]

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Juneteenth History, Herstory, and Some Stuff in Between

Photo by Laura Blanchard. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Many people have never heard of the holiday Juneteenth. On June 19th 1865 the slaves in Texas finally heard the news that they were free from their chains. This occurred years after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st 1863. [Read more...]

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Jumping The Broom: An Old Wedding Tradition for A New Life

Getting Married at Voodoo Doughnuts photo by T R. Licensed under CC 2.0

The new Bride needs something old, something new, something borrowed, and…. a broom. The tradition of “jumping the broom” has been around for hundreds of years. It has become a special blessing that the couple takes as they make their leap into a new life together. [Read more...]

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Ancestor Poem: Gede Better All The Time – You Got to Admit

The Loa of Thai Food by Mish Sukharev. Licensed under CC 2.0

Ancestor poem by Lilith Dorsey. [Read more...]

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