Liquor is Quicker- Spirits for the Spirit

Crystal head vodka bottle photo by Chris Parmeter. Licensed under CC 2.0

Alcohol is a normal offering for the spirits in the traditions of New Orleans Voodoo, Haitian Vodou, and Cuban La Regla Lucumi, also known as Santeria. Most people are familiar with the custom of offering rum as a blessing. Some altar setups definitely give the impression that the bar is always open. People of all religious traditions have been known to leave out a glass of wine, or pour out a sip of beer or whiskey for those who are no longer with us. The use of alcohol as an offering, however … [Read more...]

Voodoo: 5 Reasons this Extraordinary Religion Makes People Scared

Voodoo Blues photo by Ben Didier. Licensed under CC 2.0

Voodoo can be scary, but not for the reasons that come to most people's minds. New Orleans Voodoo and Haitian Vodou are the Frankenstein monsters of religions. People love to point fingers, sticks, and flaming torches at that which they have created, yet tragically don't understand. Voodoo seems to be at the top of this insane vigilante list. Not a week goes by where the news media isn't attempting to demonize this ancient religion, and as always I am left scratching my head. Every random cow … [Read more...]

Blog Anniversary- Voodoo Universe’s Top Ten Posts You Probably Missed

The Voodoo Universe photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

The Voodoo Universe blog has made it a whole year. It's been a year of weirdness and wondrousness. We've manged to feature some amazing stuff about New Orleans Voodoo and Marie Laveau, as well as La Regla Lucumi (Santeria,) Candomble, Ifa, and Haitian Vodou. There were some wildly successful posts, usually having to do with American Horror Story Coven or Orange is the New Black, and some that didn't get the notice they deserve. So I'm going to take this opportunity to sift through 169 pearls of … [Read more...]

Coffee Magick 101: Wake Up People !

Magia photo by Daniel Lobo. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

If we follow our minds down the path of Coffee through time we find that the history is rich. For those of us who can't live without it - coffee is everything ! The following is a quick overview of coffee magick , drink it in! Voodoo and CoffeeNew Orleans Voodoo pairs coffee with everything from blessings to bourbon. The city is known for it's preference for coffee with chicory. Natives of the crescent city often add eggshells to cut the bitterness of the blend and give it a flavor all … [Read more...]

New Voodoo Review: The Voodoo Doll Spellbook by Denise Alvarado

The Voodoo Doll Spellbook by Denise Alvarado.

Honestly, I probably shouldn't write this, but when my editor at Patheos asked me if I would like to review The Voodoo Doll Spellbook, I wasn't sure what to say. I have been a Voodoo priestess and anthropologist for over two decades and quite frankly, in my personal experience, the "Voodoo Doll" as most people imagine it just doesn't exist. I was curious to see what an entire spellbook on the matter would have to say about it.The Voodoo Doll Spellbook was written by Denise Alvarado, with … [Read more...]

Naked Voodoo: The Sexualization of a Religion

In the Zombie Voodoo Dolly boudoir picture by Moggs Oceanlane. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Everything wants to be naked these days. There is naked pizza, naked popcorn... naked fruitcake, we have all seen enough of those. Clearly some things should keep their clothes on. Voodoo and Vodou are religions born in secrecy and struggle. They were raised up on the bruises of the oppressed and fed on the strange fruit of those who did not survive these horrible injustices. The spells, formulas, rites, and practices were performed in secret because they were illegal and powerful. Now they can … [Read more...]

Dr. John Montanee Chili Recipe- Drum Up Some Heat

Chili ! photo by John. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

New Orleans loves its dead, and its food. It's ironic then that not very many people remember the name of one of the city's most powerful Voodoo figures of all time, namely Dr. John Montanee (Montagne).He was a man, who lived by myth and became legend... to a few of us anyway. He was renowned as a drummer and a priest. He brought the rhythms and spirit of his native Africa to New Orleans.The following recipe is like the Crescent City itself, amazingly hot, spicy, and maybe even a little … [Read more...]


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