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New Orleans Voodoo

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New Orleans Voodoo
Where It Started
Came to New Orleans from Africa
We adopted the Dahomey and Congo traditions; the traditions, culture, and religions of the Voodoo that is transferred depends on the spirit of the place that the traditions transfer too.
Voodoo started with the slaves.
"Voodoo is a life affirming process that encourages participants to better understand natural processes of life and their own spiritual nature." (New Orleans Voodoo Crossroads 2013).
Marie Laveau: Mother and Philanthropist
Practiced New Orleans Voodoo
Lifelong devout Catholic
She and her children were baptized and she was married in St. Louis Cathedral.
Once abdicated as Voodoo Queen later in life, she performed philanthropic endeavors such as feeding and comforting condemned prisoners who were headed for the gallows.
Marie's Father
Her father, Charles Laveau, was a wealthy, white plantation owner
Some people think that her father was a free man of color, who spelled his surname, Laveaux
Government-issued historical plaque on a building in the Marigny supports this theory
15% of New Orleans population practices Voodoo. (New Orleans Voodoo Crossroads 2013)
Statistics!!
Marie Has Got the Power!
Owned slaves
Highly sought-after hairdresser for wealthy Creole and American women.
Gained power and prestige by becoming a confidante and Voodoo practitioner to these powerful citizens.
Blackmail played a role in her success
Haskins, Jim. Voodoo & Hoodoo.
New York: Scarborough House , 1990. Print.
Voodoo vs Hoodoo
Voodoo is a religion. Hoodoo is folk magic.
Followers of voodoo are not affiliated with other religions, but hoodoo is practiced by Roman Catholics. (Like Marie Laveau)
Voodoo came indirectly by way of Haiti while hoodoo came directly from Africa.
Matters of Law
Voodoo and Hoodoo were used in the days of slavery to help avoid capture or prevent bloodhounds from picking up a runaway's scent.
TO CATCH A MURDERER: A suspect is forced to touch the corpse. The belief is that if the murderer touches the corpse it will respond by spurting blood from the mouth or wound.
Matters of Love
Romantic spells were generally conducted at the full moon or dark of the moon, but nowadays they are done by the planetary hours such as the waxing of the moon and Venus hours.
To make a man love you: Turn down the sweat band in his hat and pin two needles in it, across each other.
Marie Laveau's Gifts and Offerings
Her tomb is a focal point for commercial voodoo tours.
Some visitors leave small gifts at the site such as coins, Mardi Gras beads, and candles in the tradition of voodoo offerings.
Many follow a custom of making a wish at the tomb.
The necessary ritual includes: People knock three times on the slab and ask a favor, noting that there are always penciled crosses on the slab. The sexton washes the crosses away, but they always reappear.
Marie's Tomb
When combining the ritual with an offering placed in the attached cup: "Draw the X, place your hand over it, rub your foot three times against the bottom, throw some silver coins into the cup, and make your wish."
Petitioners also leave offerings of food, money and flowers, then ask for Marie's help after turning around three times and marking a cross with red brick on the stone tomb.
Nickel, Joe. CSI:
The Committee for
Skeptical Inquiry. Secrets of the Voodoo Tomb, December 2001. Web. December 4, 2013.
Smith, Genest Liz. Arts & Culture, History. Happy
Birthday, Marie Laveau: Nine Legends You Didn't Know, September 5, 2012. Web. November 29, 2013.

To Do Ill
Terms that refer to ill-doing: curse, trick, conjure, root, fix, voodoo, and hoodoo.
To cause harm sometimes items such as voodoo dolls, photographs, or a lock of hair are used.
To Do Good
The largest body of spiritualist practice protection, luck, peace, good fortune, & happiness.
To turn a tick back on someone you must find the object that is causing the hurt and turn it back on the other person.
Voodoo ceremony in Haiti
Work Cited
No Comment TV, , dir. Traditional voodoo
ceremony in Haiti - no comment . YouTube, 2013. Web. 9 Nov 2013.
Ernest, Sylverter. "New Orleans Voodoo."
Haunted History Tours. Louisiana, New Orleans. 3 Nov 2013. Lecture
There are many
Voodoo Gods & Goddesses:

Papa Legba
The Trickster
Is the guardian of the crossroads
Symbolized by the sun, and gold.
Favorite offering is candy and tobacco and coconuts.
Oshun
The goddess of love and abundance
Has the power of desire
Often compared to Aphrodite
Favorite offering are champagne, perfume, makeup, and chocolate
Erzulie-
magic principle of wealth and prosperity
Obatala-
creation of our physical bodies
Yemaya-
rules birth and the surface of the oceans
Oya-
brings sudden change
Chango-
his name is synonymous with justice
Ogoun-
soldier
Herbs
Spices
Leafs
Spiritual oils
Powders
Candles
Items used in Voodoo & Hoodoo Ceremonies:
Fandrich, J. Ina. Journal of Black Studies: Yorùbá
Influences on Haitian Vodou and New Orleans Voodoo. California: Sage Productions, 2007. Ebook.
Lester, David. Voodoo Death: Some New Thoughts on an Old
Phenomenon.
Virginia: American Anthropologist, Vol. 74, 3rd ed. 1972. Print.

Voodoo Practices
Voodoo is practiced by millions around the world!!
There are different forms of Voodoo and some even have elements of Catholicism (New Orleans Voodoo Crossroads 2013)

Africa
Caribbean
Central America
North America
South America
The Truth is Here so Have No Fear!!
No matter what.....the main purpose is always to heal relationships!
Voodoo practitioners believe that there is one supreme and all powerful God. Below God is the spirits who take care of all the worldly affairs.
Ancestors are also consulted in Voodoo practices, and are looked to for guidance.
More Works Cited
Bloody Mary's Tours Events, and Spirit
Encounters.
History of New Orleans' Voodoo
. Bloody Mary's Tours, Inc, n.d. Web 16 Nov 2013. <http://www.bloodymarystours.com/hist-neworleansvoodoo.htm>.
New Orleans Voodoo Crossroads.
A Brief History
of Voodoo
. Black Moon Publishing, n.d. Web 16 Nov 2013. <http://www.neworleansvoodoocrossroads.com/historyandvoodoo.html>.
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