The Voodoo Truth About Papa Legba

Detail from Legba Ritual Altar. Photo by Lilith Dorsey

“We used to know we were stronger than the devil”- Amiri Baraka We used to know we weren't the devil either. I woke this morning with this quote from poet Amiri Baraka on my mind. The award winning poet, playwright, and visionary passed over into the realm of the ancestors Thursday January 9th. I remember seeing him (as much as a 4 year old can remember anything) at an interactive play he staged about the Underground Railroad. He was controversial and sometimes confrontational like V … [Read more...]

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

Marie Laveau's tomb detail, before the damage and questionable restoration. Photo by Lilith Dorsey.

The Times-Picayune is reporting that the pressure washing of the tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau started on Thursday (Jan 2). The tomb is being restored by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Times-Picayune article reports that the non profit group Save Our Cemeteries is saying that 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, a sacred site for thousands of Voodoo and Vodou devotees, as well as other … [Read more...]

Review: Witchcraft, Intimacy and Trust: Africa in Comparison

Festa de Ogum photo by Pit Thompson licensed under CC 2.0

This book excites me: Not for the answers it provides, but for the questions it raises. I'm an anthropologist, in addition to being a Voodoo priestess, and this work is important for the study of Witchcraft, the Occult, and African and Afro-Diasporan Religions ( be it New Orleans Voodoo, Haitian Vodou, Cuban Santeria, or Brazilian Candomble) across the globe. Peter Geschiere is a professor at the University of Amsterdam and Witchcraft, Intimacy and Trust: Africa in Comparison is his latest … [Read more...]

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

Pink Marie Laveau's Tomb.Photo by Dorothy Morrison, copyright 2013. All rights reserved.

 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. Marie Laveau is New Orleans Voodoo Queen. Immortalized in story and song, she was said to have possessed immense power which lives on through her spirit today.The grave is a site for visitors … [Read more...]

Mojo, Juju, Mumbo Jumbo- What Does It Mean?

Tarkawa Bay- Snake Charmer by Sudhanshu Pran Kaul licensed under CC by 2.0

I love words. I sleep with a dictionary next to my bed. I collect antique dictionaries. They get me hot. Well, maybe not literally, but words are a key to our past, a doorway to understanding and meaning that we use everyday. Even my path of Eleggua in Santeria (Lukumi) is all about words, which came as a surprise to both me and my godmother, when we saw the divination results. I love to dance and move so much that everyone thought I would have those qualities ruling my spirituality. But then … [Read more...]

2013: The Voodoo Universe Has Lift Off

Marie Laveau Veve Flag unveiled at Voodoo Zombie Rave 2013. Photo and Flag by Scarlet Sinclair.

2013: it's been a year of old and new, ancestors and internet, and from where I sit, it's up, up and away from here. This year my godchildren and I performed the first ever Zombie Voodoo Silent Rave for the ancestors. Now this sounds odd, and it was, but the ancestors and the living love a good party. It's so hard to get everyone on the same ritual page at a large Pagan festival, and while my godkids and I are used to ritual, many of the participants have never seen or experienced a Voodoo … [Read more...]

Holiday Love Nuts Recipe

Holiday Love Nuts Recipe by Lilith Dorsey

It's Yuletide and there is a lot of holiday cooking going on, among Pagans and other religions, as there should be. When I was little I remember the holiday baking would go on for weeks. There would be coffeecakes, and cookies, and a ton of snack mix. My sister and I totally did not look forward to the cooking and decorating that went on for hours at my grandmother's house. We laugh about it today, and snack mix is still a guilty pleasure. The following is a much healthier alternative for a … [Read more...]


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