Creating Ancestor Altars in Santeria, Vodou, and Voodoo

Ancestor Altars and shrines are a part of many different religions. They are present in Christian homes, Buddhist homes, Pagan homes, and even in Atheists’ homes. They can be as simple as a glass of water and a picture of Grandpa, or given an entire room to spread out in. [Read more...]

A Sicilian St. Joseph’s Day Recipe for Frittata

Every Sicilian knows that March 19th is the feast of St. Joseph. It is a time for elaborate celebrations, tables laid with flowers and food for all to share. [Read more...]

Congo Square is the Place to Be…

The following is a praise poem for the ancestor spirits residing in Congo Square, New Orleans, Louisiana. For more about this historic site please read Congo Square Redux. [Read more...]

Stop with the X, Get with the Checks: Save Marie Laveau’s Tomb!

Back in December of 2013, the tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau in St. Louis Cemetery Number One was painted “Pepto dismal” pink in an act of vandalism. A strong power wash was used to remove the paint, resulting in some serious damage to the tomb. This sacred Voodoo site is the second most visited [Read More...]

A Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau Musicology

People have been singing about Marie Laveau probably since the time she was born. This famous Voodoo Priestess is the stuff of legend. People sing her praises, people sing to warn others of her power, people sing to remember. [Read more...]

Why the Mardi Gras Indians Won’t Bow Down

Strong, Powerful, Proud all of these words have been correctly used to describe the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans. The tradition is older than the city itself. There are over 50 tribes in the city according to some. This is history, culture, and pride in graceful action. [Read more...]

Guest Post: Erzulie- The Faces of Love by Tehron Gillis

A heart that breaks for our transgressions towards each other, that hardens in the face of injustice, and quickens when enraged. As we study the rhythms of the heart we begin to learn the many faces of Erzulie. [Read more...]


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