Category: Vodou

The first thing I said when I read what “Haitian Vodou” is – I told myself, “I am never going to do this ever!”  Little did I know this was a part of my destiny. The spirits for me didn’t show up in my dreams or in my life. It all started with an intense […]

One of the most common things that I hear on the various groups that I moderate is something along the lines of “someone told me that Yemaya is my Oricha/Deity,” or, “someone told me that I am a child of Chango.”  Of course, we hear this for the various African Diaspora Traditions other than Oricha […]

Spiritual Baths … What?

Originally published on January 4, 2015 Ayibobo la Sosyete, One of the most common ways in which a Houngan or Mambo [a Preist or Priestess] of Vodou will perform treatments, healings, clear away ill luck, bring good luck, or perform many other works of magic will be through the performance of spiritual baths.  These baths are […]

The Holy Trinity

Originally published on November 1, 2014 Kwa Simbo! Happy All Saints Day to All! All Saints Day, November the 1st, is the day which marks the beginning of the Ghede season in Haitian Vodou. It is also the time where devotion to our ancestral spirits is at it’s peak. In the Catholic Church, November is […]

Vodou Etiquette 101

Originally published October 29, 2012 Haitian Vodou is built around strong families, strong societies, and strong houses. In order to maintain these strong communities, Vodou functions as a strict hierarchy on a foundation of politeness and respect. There is a tendency amongst those who are new to Vodou or have found it only on the internet […]

The Machete!

Originally Published October 16, 2012 Wednesday is the day we serve Nachion Nago in Hounfo Racine Deesse Dereyale, the day of the Ogou lwa! So today I’m going to talk about a piece of equipment/accoutrement of the lwa we use a lot in Vodou… The machete. The machete is a peasant’s weapon. Anyone can pick up […]

Morality in Haitian Vodou

Originally published October 6, 2012 I want to talk about something that people new to Vodou seem to have a problem with, especially those who come from the Wiccan/Pagan community.  This isn’t specific to Vodou either, it goes for other African Traditional Religions.  It’s about morality, and how it applies to what we do. Vodou doesn’t […]