Would You Go to a Voodoo Funeral Home? Could you?

The whole thing started with a hand. Not a mojo hand, made of herbs and other spiritual items, that jazz legends like Muddy Waters and Lightning Hopkins liked to sing about, but a real hand. The story is this, in November 1997 a hand was discovered in the Manatee River. The hand had been removed by funeral embalmer Paula Green-Albritton, in an attempt to make a voodoo “helping hand.” [Read more…]

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Honor Your Ancestors and Native People with Corn Maque Choux

New Orleans has a unique flavor all its own: the jazz, the Voodoo, the streetcar, and the food. Oh, how we love the food. Maque Choux is a Southern Louisiana corn delicacy. [Read more…]

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Creating Ancestor Altars in Santeria, Vodou, and Voodoo

Ancestor Altars and shrines are a part of many different religions. They are present in Christian homes, Buddhist homes, Pagan homes, and even in Atheists’ homes. They can be as simple as a glass of water and a picture of Grandpa, or given an entire room to spread out in. [Read more…]

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

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. [Read more…]

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

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 [Read More…]

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A Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau Musicology

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. [Read more…]

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

The Mardi Gras Indians are the prettiest, baddest, the toughest… they used their wit, wisdom, and artistry to keep their heritage and themselves alive. They have been here for hundreds of years, and most likely will continue for hundreds more with their fine feathers. Dance on my friends! [Read more…]

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