Voodoo’s Bride of Death: Maman Brigitte

You might know her from the roses in her hair, the eye sockets in her skull, or the icy Voodoo hand there to hold if you need it. Maybe you don’t even know her name. It’s Brigitte, Maman Brigitte. She is the ancient primal feminine power. [Read more...]

Legba Is Different From The Barons: We All Look Alike to You?

There are a lot of divinities, or Lwa, in the Voodoo pantheon — some say 101, some say 401, some say as many as you can imagine and then add one more. There are legions of spirits, each one unique and sacred in its own blessed way. [Read more...]

The Voodoo Truth About Papa Legba

The portrayal of Papa Legba in this week’s episode of American Horror Story: Coven left a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths, or should I say, up their noses. May I state now unequivocally as both an anthropologist and a Voodoo priestess that there is no association between Legba and drugs that I have ever come across in my over twenty years of practice and study. This week’s episode, in addition to having this ancient honored deity disrespectfully portrayed as a drug sniffing control freak, also shows him as a baby stealing, soul sucking devil. [Read more...]

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...]

Review: Witchcraft, Intimacy and Trust: Africa in Comparison

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 contribution to the discipline of African anthropology. [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...]

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

Many of the mysterious words of Voodoo originate from West Africa, brought to other continents across time and tide literally in some cases. Some must have traveled across the oceans, whispered in cargo holds by slaves counting on their Mojo, their Juju, and hoping Mumbo Jumbo would save them. [Read more...]


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