Creating Ancestor Altars in Santeria, Vodou, and Voodoo

Energia y Espiritu Altar #5 photo by wendEwho! Thompson. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

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. Let me begin by making the distinction that altars are usually created for a specific purpose, while shrines are generally set up as a way of honoring what is represented. A ancestor shrine is a site to honor those who have … [Read more...]

How Anti-Pagan St. Patrick Became Voodoo’s Damballa !

St. Patrick photo by Gordon T. Lawson. Licensed under CC 2.0

In Voodoo inside out, upside down, and backwards are often all the same thing. It's this creative way of thinking that allies Ireland's St. Patrick with the Haitian Vodou God Damballa. St. Patrick is notorious in legend for driving the snakes out of Ireland. However, today's article by Independent.ie tells us that it was most likely Pagans that were removed from Ireland by the saint. More specifically the group Crom Cruich, which used the snake as it's symbol. Crom Cruich literally translates to … [Read more...]

Congo Square is the Place to Be…

Congo Square is the Place to Be...photo by Lilith Dorsey.

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. Congo Square is the Place to Be... Congo Square is the place to be...if you're a hundred and oneor only three. There are ghosts of slaves and power galore...rituals, and drum circles,and so much more. It has seen the trials of time and tide,many a Voodoo … [Read more...]

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

Stop With the X, Get with the Checks: Save Marie Laveau's Tomb photo by Lilith Dorsey

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 grave in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of people have made the pilgrimage to leave offerings and to salute this Voodoo legend. Much more helpful than leaving X marks on the tomb, donations a … [Read more...]

A Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau Musicology

Marie Laveau Painting in the Voodoo Spiritual Temple, New Orleans. Photo by Lilith Dorsey.

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. If you would like to know more about her legend and lore please read the Real Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau.The most popular Marie Laveau song is probably the one written by Shel Silverstein. Mitch Myers is Silverstein's nephew and he gives us this information about the … [Read more...]

Lessons From a Voodoo Priestess On Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse

Lilith Dorsey Double Zombie photo by Don Waterhawk.

There are definitely some practical tips and some special Voodoo secrets for surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. Many of you know I'm way down in New Orleans celebrating Carnival time. Tonight I will be reading Voodoo tarot cards and Walking Dead Zombie watching at Snake and Jake's Christmas Club lounge. So in honor of that here are some lessons from a Voodoo Priestess on Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.Disclaimer: I've discussed in depth how voodoo is related to Zombies in only the most remote … [Read more...]

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

untitled photo by !paco! Text added. Licensed by CC 2.0

Love, what other meaning does life need to exist? Do we need to exist?  It begets our greatest of accomplishments and forgives our deepest shortcomings.  As the oxygen of our spirits it pumps through our divine anatomy, and in the anatomy of the divine it is Erzulie that is the heart.  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 Erz … [Read more...]


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