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...]

Another RiCOCKulous Voodoo Claim Makes the News!

Squeeze the rubber chicken for faster service by Jonathan Abolins. Licensed un CC 2.0

If it's weird, or gross, or gory, it must be Voodoo, right? Fox News Latino is reporting that Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City councilwoman, is being sued in a 1 million dollar lawsuit alleging -- you guessed it -- Voodoo. The suit was filed by her political opponent, Gwen Goodwin, and concerns a mural of a bird's head that was painted on the side of an East Harlem building. Goodwin is quoted in the NY Daily News as saying, “In the Caribbean culture this constituted a curse and a death t … [Read more...]

Vodou Serpent Simbi Slithers Between the Living and the Dead

Three Kings, Sun, Moon, and Star by Lilith Dorsey

Simbi is a Haitian Vodou Snake Lwa whose realm is magic, mystery and communication. January 6, the feast of the Epiphany, is the traditional time for honoring this Lwa or God. The Simbi snakes are said to reside in the trees, descending to the earth to deliver their divine magic to the world. Like the serpent of Biblical legend, this snake too has great wisdom and power. In the modern world Simbi has taken on the domain of technology. With lightning speed this Vodou spirit carries knowledge via … [Read more...]

New Years Tradition: Collard Greens for Success Recipe

Southern Comfort Cooking: Oven Fried chicken, homemade buttermilk biscuits and collard greens by flippinyank licensed under CC 2.0

No Voodoo or Hoodoo discussion about this time of year would be complete without talking about the traditional New Year’s recipe for collard greens. This dish is served just after midnight. If eaten and prepared right, it is said to bring divine blessings of money and success. The shredded greens, which you are supposed to tear with your bare hands, are thought to represent dollars coming your way.  Collard greens are really good for you too. They are rich in calcium and are said to lower ch … [Read more...]

Counting Kwanzaa: Thoughts on Voodoo Unity

Kinara in Oakland YMCA lobby by George Kelly licensed under CC by 2.0

 Someone just posted on my Facebook wall that “Kwanzaa is crap.” So much for hopes of U-N-I-T-Y, in the community, in the world, even on my fracking wall. Okay, Kwanzaa is a relatively new holiday. It's not associated with any religion in particular and is designed to, in the words of it's creator Dr. Maulana Karenga, "bring a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and Human in the fullest sense." That sounds great, in theory. Kwanzaa starts today. I … [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...]


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