Orisha Ogun: Lord of Iron, God of War

Ogun Mural located in Spanish Harlem, NYC. Photo by Lilith Dorsey.

It's Veteran's Day today in the U.S., and it's only fitting that I talk about the African God of War,Ogun. I thought about writing a fictional post about what would happen in a Gods only throwdown death battle between Thor and Ogun, but I decided they'd probably get along pretty well and after some well placed blows would just end up drinking. So I will leave that story for another day.Ogun is a protector, a healer, a warrior. Vitality is the key to deciphering the many aspects of Ogun. He … [Read more...]

Sounds of the Spirit: New Orleans Voodoo and Haitian Vodou Drumming

Djembe 4 by Dave Gates.

Nothing typifies Voodoo spirit better than the drum. Literally the heartbeat of the tradition, the drums are the hands of Voodoo. They carry the messages of the divine through their skins. It reverberates and permeates our bodies and we are trance-formed. In New Orleans Voodoo and Haitian Vodou there are rhythms for each specific Lwa or deity. It is like the Lwa's theme song, it is played both to call and to honor. Music is present at all rituals.The first famous Voodoo drummer to gain … [Read more...]

Sell My Soul: Commodification in Voodoo and Santeria (La Regla Lukumi)

Botanica photo by Daniel Lobo

Sex sells. Sin sells. Voodoo sells. It's true, I didn't make it up. There has always been controversy around money and religion, and when we add psychics and spirits we just up the ante. The current season of American Horror Story Coven uses a bizarre mix of reality and supreme fantasy to get its point across, a major clothing manufacturer places a giant veve ( ritual symbol) for Papa Legba in its store window to sell t-shirts, and I'm left shaking my head. Shantrelle Lewis did a piece on the … [Read more...]

Fire Fire Fireside Chats: The Truth About Zombies

Lilith Dorsey

In honor of this weekend's ZombiCon in Florida, an event which I was fortunate enough to attend last year, I have decided to post the latest installment of Fire Fire Fireside chats. This time I take a look at the realities and the myth of Voodoo and Zombies, and even share a few pictures of me joining in the fun. Please share, comment, like and Zombie on folks!  … [Read more...]


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