Dead Again: The Ancestors Return

The ancestors should be important to all of us! We should recognize and celebrate whichever way they choose to return to us- be it rediscovering an old recipe or headstone, a song we can’t get out of our head, or the smile of a newborn relative that we haven’t recognized in generations. [Read more...]

Appetite for Ancestors: Samhain the Voodoo Way

In Afro-Caribbean Religions like Voodoo, Vodou, and Lukumi or Santeria the true spirits of Halloween are the ancestors. It’s a time for reconnecting, remembering and honoring those who have gone before. [Read more...]

Ten Worst Voodoo Films of All Time

Most people’s exposure to the Voodoo religion comes unfortunately in the form of horribly bad movies. Zombies, possession, and Voodoo dolls crying out to Damballa are only some of the ludicrosity that Hollywood has chosen to display. [Read more...]

Honor Your Ancestors: Sweet Potato Mash with Bourbon and Pecans Recipe

Samhain or Halloween as it is more commonly celebrated is undoubtedly a time for celebrating the ancestors and in that spirit I present the following recipe based on one from my cookbook African-American Ritual Cooking. This Voodoo recipe for Sweet Potatoes is a New Orleans style take on the bountiful yam featuring two of the city’s favorite ingredients Bourbon and Pecans. [Read more...]

The Dead Are Too Much With Us

The following ancestor poem is in honor of this Shocktober and Halloween. I wrote it some years back about the lascivious spirits of the dead in Voodoo. Please feel free to comment, share or add your own poetic Ancestral musings! [Read more...]


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