Journey to the Ancestors: R.I.P. Karen McCarthy Brown

Haitian Vodou lost a priestess and a scholar this month with the passing of Karen McCarthy Brown. Brown crossed into the land of the ancestors on March 4, 2015. [Read more...]

Aida Wedo: The Snake Goddess Rears Her Beautiful Head

In addition to holding great power and energy, snakes are also symbolic of deep fear. [Read more...]

Zora Neale Hurston … What You Probably Don’t Know

She was born the child of two former slaves in 1891, and despite many trials and tribulations she showed us all you can’t keep a good woman down. Zora is known for her books, her poems, her quotes, but there is a lot people don’t know. [Read more...]

The Myth of the Voodoo Mojo Bone

Black cats hold their own sacred significance in Pagan History and lore, and they are no doubt very magickal. Hoodoo, Voodoo and other Afro-Diasporan tradition picked up on this power, literally. [Read more...]

Maman Brigitte Beet Salad Recipe

There is a mistress of the cemetery, a bride dressed in white lace, she knows of love and loss, and her name is Maman Brigitte. In the religions of New Orleans Voodoo and Haitian Vodou Maman Brigitte ( also called Gran Brigitte) is the Lwa, or Goddess, of the dead. [Read more...]

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...]

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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