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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Top Ten Survival Tips for Pagan Festivals

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

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

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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