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...]

Saut d’Eau : Vodou’s Sacred Water Flows in Haiti

Rush photo by Vikram Vetrivel. Licensed under CC 2.0, photo cropped and text added.

Born in fire and blessed in water the religion of Vodou is strong . Each year between July 14th and 16th thousands of Haitian practitioners of Vodou make the pilgrimage to the waterfalls called Saut D'eau, known in Kreyol as Sodo. July 16 is the Catholic feast day for the Virgin of Mount Carmel, who is often associated with the Vodou Lwa Erzulie, patron of love.Legend has it that the waterfalls became sacred after the sighting of the Virgin Mary, who appeared on a palm tree there in the … [Read more...]

Fire Fire FireSide Chats: Voodoo Vs. Hoodoo

FireFireFire Side Chats by Lilith Dorsey.

There is a lot of controversy surrounding what exactly is Voodoo and Hoodoo. Yesterday's post explored the origins of the word Voodoo, and today I hope to present you with my own opinion on the difference between Hoodoo and Voodoo. I would really like to hear what other people have to say about this topic, the Hoodoo movement has grown in leaps and bounds over the past 15 years, and each new day brings a new experience. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below, or get really ambitious … [Read more...]

Voodoo Definitions: More Than Just A Word

Voodoo Sign02 photo by Dan Merino. Licensed under CC 2.0

These days there is Voodoo Economics, Voodoo Doughnuts, Voodoo Football, and last, or maybe first, we have the Voodoo Religion. The etymology of the word is almost as dangerously complex as the practices themselves.Many people hate the word Voodoo, even though they may have beliefs that others would describe that way. No doubt Voodoo has gotten a bad rap in the media, in the papers, in the minds of most people. In Haiti the tradition is properly referred to as Vodou, or Vodoun. The practices … [Read more...]

My Rituals Got Referred To As “Wicca-Themed” and I’m Not Happy

Veve for Maman Brigitte photo by Lilith Dorsey

Today I got a mention by another Voodoo author on their blog and it's all I can do not to write a rant. I don't have anything against this person, I'm not sure I've even met them. I believe he was doing his best to survey the current state of New Orleans Voodoo and the practices that occur in the Crescent city. As far as I am concerned I think he was incorrect in his description of my rituals as “wicca-themed.” They could have been called lusty, insane, or bizarre and that would have been a more … [Read more...]

ForeMama Said: Wit and Wisdom of Maya Deren

Homage to Maya Deren photo by Derrick Tyson. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Maya Deren, was a visionary, an author, a filmmaker, a Voodoo priestess who supposedly got possessed at cocktail parties. I too am an author, a filmmaker and Voodoo priestess, but I hope I handle my stuff better at cocktail parties, but maybe not. Deren was an inspiration to many, not just with her films, but with her words.  Maya Deren Quotes  “Myth is the facts of the mind made manifest in a fiction of matter.” - Maya DerenAbout her first film Meshes in the Afternoon she … [Read more...]

Maya Deren: Art, Magic, and Voodoo in Transfigured Time

Witch's Cradle by Maya Deren with Marcel Duchamp photo by SLPTWRK. Licensed under CC 2.0

The true beauty of Maya Deren is that she was a renaissance woman. Most people never get past the required freshman film viewing of Meshes in the Afternoon ( a film which she shot in two weeks on her honeymoon,) but her work is so much more. She was a legend, film theorist, poet, journalist, dancer, photographer, filmmaker, and Vodou priestess. Maya Deren's innate spirituality shone through in all that she did. The L.A. Weeklydescribed Maya Deren as “Fellini and Bergman wrapped in one gloriously … [Read more...]


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