The word "vodoun" derives from vodu, meaning "spirit" or "deity" in the Fon language of Dahomey, now part of Nigeria. It arose in the 17th century on slave plantations in America as a combination of Roman Catholicism and West African religious traditions; believers retain membership in the Roman Catholic church. Beliefs include the existence of loa or spirits, some of whose identities mesh with those of Christian saints. The loa are invoked by the priest (houngan) or priestess (mambo) at ceremonies, during which members of the congregation become possessed by the spirits and go into a trance. A voodoo temple (houmfort) has a central post from which the loa supposedly descend to "mount" the worshiper. The loa can be identified by the characteristic behavior of the possessed person. Because of its unique blend of French, Spanish and Indian cultures, New Orleans offered a perfect setting for the practice and growth of voodoo. Today, some say as much as 15 percent of the population of New Orleans still practices voodoo. Modern voodoo has evolved in many ways, including spiritualist reverends and mothers, who have their own churches and support a drugstore cult that involves the sale of potions.
(Yet another description of Marie Leveau)
Believed to be born in New Orleans in 1794 and died in New Orleans on June 15th, 1881. A free woman of color as well as a quadroon (African, Indian, French and Spanish), she became the most famous and powerful voodoo queen in the world, so powerful that she acclaimed herself the Pope of Voodoo in the 1830s. She was respected and feared by thousands including the Catholic church. A devout catholic, going to mass each day, she got permission to hold rituals behind St. Louis Cathedral. Starting out as a hairdresser and later as a selfless nurse, Marie Laveau became the first commercial voodoo queen. She had fifteen children by her second husband, one of which (Marie Philomene Laveau Glapion) walked in her footsteps and became almost as powerful as her mother. Marie Laveau's tomb in St. Louis Cemetary Number I is frequently covered with rosaries, flowers, coins, and various other offerings. Some visitors also tap three times on the tomb or mark three Xs with a piece of brick or chalk, and then ask Marie for a favor.
Stevie Ray Vaughan ~~ Voodoo Chile
Voodoo (or voudon) is set of magical beliefs and practices, followed in some parts of Africa, South America, and the West Indies, especially Haiti.
The famous quadroon became the most famous and powerful Voodoo Queen in the world, respected and feared by thousands. She was born in New Orleans in 1794 and died in 1881. She supposedly held voodoo rituals behind St. Louis Cathedral, the prominent Catholic church in the French Quarter. She started out as a hairdresser and later worked as a nurse. She became the first known voodoo practicioner to charge for her services. She had fifteen children. One daughter, Marie Philomene Laveau Glapion (aka/Marie Leveau II) became almost as powerful as her mother, and her French Quarter residence is a place of Voodoo to this very day.
There are two primary sorts of voodoo. Rada is a family spirit voodoo and the voodoo of the relatively peaceful and happy loa. Petro (in some areas called Congo) is a black magic voodoo and the voodoo of angry, mean and nasty loa or spirit. Dangerous things happen in petro including death curses and the making of zombies. Zombies are created by a black magician in voodoo, called a bokor who puts a poison on the skin of the victim.
No one knows the exact components of the poison, but it is thought to contain substances from various toxic animals and plants, including the gland secretions of the bouga toad, millipedes and tarantulas, the skins of poisonous tree frogs, seeds and leaves from poisonous plants, human remains (for effect) and four types of puffer fish, which contain tetrodotoxin, one of the most poisonous substances in the world. After administration, the victim becomes completely paralyzed and falls into a coma. A gris-gris can be a voodoo charm, spell or hex used to cause certain events to occur (good or bad); also used for protection from evil or to ensure good luck. Though most people think of sticking pins in the voodoo dolls to invoke some kind of curse on a person, many practitioners say the central aspect of voodoo is healing people from illness. They insist such healing activities probably constitute up to sixty percent of all voodoo activity.
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