Power Washing and Cement on Marie Laveau’s Tomb, Please No!

The non profit group Save Our Cemeteries reports that at Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau’s grave there were ‘chips of brick and plaster from the tomb all over the ground.’ This is the second most visited grave in the United States; it is a sacred site for thousands of Voodoo and Vodou practitioners, as well as other Pagan practitioners from across the globe. [Read more...]

Vodou Serpent Simbi Slithers Between the Living and the Dead

Simbi is a Haitian Vodou Snake Lwa whose realm is magic, mystery and communication. January 6, the feast of the Epiphany, is the traditional time for honoring this Lwa or God. The Simbi snakes are said to reside in the trees, descending to the earth to deliver their divine magic to the world. [Read more...]

Marie Laveau’s Tomb is Pink: Shame, Shame, Shame!

Marie Laveau’s Tomb has stood the test of time. It has seen flood, violence, disrespect, haters, and now someone has painted it pink. Marie Laveau’s Tomb is a shrine to Voodoo practitioners around the globe, a mecca if you will, that is the second most visited grave in the United States. [Read more...]

The Horrors of American Horror Story Coven: A Voodoo Priestess’ Perspective

The season is full of tropes, tricks, and trash and it’s time to get real. I salute their attempt to show Voodoo as a method of social control, but, and here’s my own cliché for you: we don’t need no stinking zombies. [Read more...]

The Real Voodoo Queen: Marie Laveau

There may have been other Voodoo priestesses before her in the city of New Orleans, but there was no one like Marie Laveau, except maybe her daughter, but I will explain that later. This legendary Voodoo woman was said to do everything from providing psychic consultations for Queen Victoria to concocting psychedelic gumbo for inmates sentenced to hang in the gallows. [Read more...]

Gumbo is Gumbo: The Enmeshment of N.O. Voodoo Performance and Ritual

Performance and ritual, these entities can be as far apart or as close together as one’s vision. In New Orleans Voodoo these lines are blurry, but gumbo is gumbo, and if you know what you are putting in the pot, it is good. [Read more...]

Congo Squared Redux

Lilith Dorsey’s post-Katrina spoken word offering for the Voodoo ghosts of yesterday and today in historic Congo Square. You gather there today to dance and drum and honor. You gathered there yesterday to dance and drum and honor.
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