Appetite for Ancestors: Samhain the Voodoo Way

Happy Samhain from Voodoo Universe

In Afro-Caribbean Religions like Voodoo, Vodou, and Lukumi or Santeria the true spirits of Halloween are the ancestors. Festivities run from October 30th to November 2nd. There are delectable dumb supper feasts, elaborate ancestors altars and offerings galore. It's a time for reconnecting, remembering and honoring all those who have gone before. It is their blood that runs through our veins, they are the primary reason we are here. Les Baron and Les Gede or Whose That Guy With Only One … [Read more...]

Ten Worst Voodoo Films of All Time

The Halloween season is upon us, for us Pagans that means cakes and ale, honoring the ancestors, and grinning and bearing it while the rest of the world tries out our sacred realm for one night only. 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. So I figured if you can't lick them, and who would want to lick … [Read more...]

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

Muertos and skullz for the Mexican Day of the Dead- Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam. Photo by Lilith Dorsey.

 Among the Yoruba peoples of West Africa the ancestors are honored as Egungun, while in Haiti the dead are often revered as Les Barons and Les Gedes, in Mexico they are honored as the Muertos, but no matter where one is located , prayers are offered up daily to give thanks to those who have come before. Always present in the blood that courses through our veins, and in the ground on which we walk, the ancestors are venerated in many different spiritual traditions. Samhain or … [Read more...]

The Dead Are Too Much With Us

Maman Brigitte Feast Altar

In honor of this Shocktober and Halloween, I have decided to post the following ancestor poem.  I wrote this 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 below. The dead are too much with usFor better or for worseThe dead are too much with usBetter hold on to your purse. They walk the streets among usIn anger, joy and pain.They hope their desperate mumblings … [Read more...]


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