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ROSALIE ALLEY NEW ORLEANS REAL WALL OF VOODOO

Rosalie Alley New Orleas Voodoo Village

New Orleans Bywater Voodoo

The Bywater is a neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. It is along the Mississippi River, down river from the Faubourg Marigny and up from the Industrial Canal.

Island of Salvation Botanica on Piety Street offers Voodoo supplies and artwork by local artist/priestess Sallie Ann Glassman. During New Orleans Mardi Gras, the Society of Saint Anne marching krewe starts their processions each Mardi Gras morning in the Bywater.

Rosalie Alley Alley: Many locals gather and often capture Ghost or Real Voodoo Loa's in photos.

All photos by Harriet Cross © 2007

You know you're from Memphis when you know all about Voodoo Village. The hoodoo empire of Walsh Harris' Voodoo Village, (a fenced compound of brightly colored houses and signs in deep South Memphis) Home to a variety of artistic and intellectual practitioners.

The Gede of Rosalie Alley at night

And now you should know your in New Orleans headed to visit Achade Meadows peristyle, located at 3319 Rosalie Alley, off of Rampart, between Piety and Desire. You'd never know it's there much less one of the most active "Real Voodoo Perystiles" in New Orleans open to the public Rituals through out the year or walking along the Great wall of Voodoo by Sallie Ann Glassman.

Dead  voodoo Gede eyes

The fences that line Rosalie Alley on both sides are covered with elaborate paintings of skeletons or Ghede's engaged in all sorts of activities.

Sallie Ann Glassman Pages

Sallie Ann Glassman Island of Salvation Botanica

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MARIE LAVEAU VOODOO RITUAL2006

MANBO SALLIE ANN GLASSMAN'S FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT OF SURVIVAL
IN THE WAKE OF HURRICANE KATRINA

HURRICANE PROTECTION VOODOO RITUAL 2006
HONORING ERZULIE DANTOR AND
OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR

Island of Salvation Botanica

Voodoo Baptism

New Orleans Hurricane Ritual

Sallie Ann Glassman : MIDSUMMER CELEBRATION
IN HONOR OF MADAME MARIE LAVEAU A HAUNTED NEW ORLEANS TOURS EXCLUSIVE!!

La Source Ancienne Sosyete

The New Orleans Hope and Heritage Foundation Countdown to Mardi Gras
www.nolahopeandheritage.org


SALLIE ANN GLASSMAN

Counted as one of the twenty most active Voodoo practitioners in the United States, Priestess Manbo Sallie Ann Glassman is known for promoting positive thoughts through her Voodoo faith. She is also a historian on Voodoo tradition and its roots in Hatian Vodun. Like many native religions, Vodou (often referred to as "Voodoo") has been scorned and ridiculed in mainstream Judeo-Christian communities. "The word 'Vodou' sends chills down the spines of most people, and conjures up age-old terrors of sorcery, black magic, and bogeymen lurking under the bed," writes author Sallie Ann Glassman (New Orleans Voodoo Tarot/Book and Card Set). This enticing compendium of the origins and practice of Vodou makes for a fascinating read, explaining how music, dance, and artistic expression are the heart and soul of this complicated religion. "What I discovered was a vibrant, beautiful, and ecstatic religion that was free from dogma, guilt or coercion," says Glassman, a thoughtful and articulate Jewish woman who first began studying New Orleans Vodou in 1975.

Sallie Ann Glassman is one of New Orleans well-known modern practitioner of Voodo. She's been ordained in Haiti, lectures around the world about Haitian healing arts, runs the Island of Salvation Botanica, and holds public ceremonies for St. Joseph's Day and All Saints Day. She also performs a Hurricane Protection Ritual.

Also Visit: Island of Salvation Botanica.

Story by Kyle Johansson Haunted America Tours © 2007

The Wall Of Voodoo is deeply woven into the great part of New Orleans secret traditions. Voodooist for years have left marks in wall streets and even tombs to lead the faithful to their secret and public ceremonies. The art on the house walls and fences in Rosalie Alley follow that ancient passage into the hidden world so few dare to tread. The art is the works of Sallie Ann Glassman, a New Orleans artist and practicing Voodoo Queen.

Mambo Sallie Ann has been practicing Voodoo in New Orleans since 1977. She traveled to Haiti in 1995 to undergo the week-long “couche” initiation rituals; during these rituals, she was ordained as Ounsi, Kanzo and Mambo Asogwe, or a High Priestess of Vodou. Mambo Sallie Ann is one of the few white Americans to have been ordained through the traditional Haitian initiation. As an American woman of Jewish-Ukrainian heritage with a thorough knowledge of the Kabala and ritual magick, she brings a unique perspective to the traditional practices of vodou.

About The Voodoo Artist

Mambo Sallie Ann is the founder of La Source Ancienne Ounfo and the founder of the Island of Salvation Botanica, a resource for Vodoun religious supplies and a showcase for Mambo Sallie Ann’s Vodou-inspired art. Renowned for her powerful workings and community-based rituals, Mambo Sallie Ann is one of the most personable and accessible of the powerful New Orleans Voodoo Priestesses. “My favorite thing about Voodoo is the concept that there’s an invisible world inside the physical world and its more beautiful there and more magical there, and everything is more possible there . . .” Sallie Ann Glassman

Sally Ann Glassman possessed by the spirit of Marie Laveau was featured on the first show for Sci Fi Investigates.

Deborah (Debbie) Dobrydney gets her formal voodoo bapstism head washes by Sallie Ann Glassman

A large crowd attended this year’s ritual, including many members of the national media. Representatives of NBC, the SciFi Channel ,(Deborah (Debbie) Dobrydney gets her formal voodoo bapstism head washes by Sallie Ann Glassman Above.) National Geographic Magazine mingled with devout vodusi and the curious as Mambo Sallie Ann once again entreated the help and assistance of the Loas, most especially that of Marie Laveau, in facing the first hurricane season since Katrina.
SCI FI INVESTIGATES SEASON 1 FIRST OCTOBER 12, 2006 SHOW http://www.scifi.com/investigates/index.php

Sallie Ann Glassamn host several private and public rituals each year.

Hurricane Protection Ritual

This ritual is held each July, approximately a month into New Orleans’ annual hurricane season. Under the direction of Mambo Sallie Ann Glassman and La Source Ancienne Ounfo, the ritual is held to honor the powerful Petwo Lwa Erzulie Dantor and to thank her for continued protection in the face of these powerful and destruction forces of Nature. Mambo Sallie Ann assembles the servite around the peristile in her temple where offerings are made and rituals are performed to invoke Dantor across the dark waters of the Great Abyss, asking her to keep her faithful safe for another year. Appropriate offerings at the Hurricane Protection ritual include spicy fried pork, corn and egg omelets, spicy cakes and candies such as “Red Hots” and “Hot Tamales,” rum, whiskey, cigars, Florida Water, and storm water. Dantor is syncretized with the Catholic Our Lady of Prompt Succor and the Black Madonnas of Poland, among others. Mambo Sallie Ann and the Ounfo have been holding the Hurricane Protection Ritual each year for the past eight years, and each year New Orleans has been protected. However, the destruction and havoc wreaked by Hurricane Katrina have tempted many to suggest that Dantor finally failed her servite and the City. Devotees of this powerful Lwa are quick to point out that, actually, Hurricane Katrina did turn away from New Orleans at the last minute: after making landfall in Louisiana’s southern Plaquemines Parish, Katrina turned eastward and vented her worst fury on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Believers in Dantor and the power of this yearly ritual credit this last minute turn to the great Lwa and reiterate what officials all across the region have said again and again: This was not a direct hit; had Hurricane Katrina been a direct hit, there would be nothing but water where the City now stands. Thanks to Erzulie Dantor, many believe, there is something left of New Orleans today.

Marie Laveau Headwashing Ceremony

Commemorating the time of year most preferred by Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau for her workings, this ceremony takes place on June 23rd, traditionally St. John’s Eve and an important date in many cultures. During her lifetime Mambo Marie Laveau hosted her voodoo “bamboulas” to coincide with this date; these always took place along the waterway known as Bayou St. John in New Orleans. To honor both the tradition and the great Voodoo Queen herself, Mambo Sallie Ann Glassman and La Source Ancienne Ounfo host a midsummer headwashing ritual each year on the same waterway favored by Marie Laveau. This ritual, performed for the benefit of devotees and members of the public alike, is a celebration of the season of fullness and plenty. As with other rituals, Marie Laveau, honored as a powerful ancestral Lwa in her own right, is invoked by the Mambo to join in the festivities. A ritual headwashing takes place and all are invited to share in the powerful “ashe” or energy that is invoked from the presence of Marie Laveau and that is passed, through the Mambo, to each devotee. Hypnotic ritual drumming accompanies the ritual and after headwashing is complete devotees dance long into the sapphire night. Offerings for Marie Laveau are appropriate and these include white candles, white scented flowers, hair dressing items such as combs, brushes, ribbons and clips (Marie Laveau was a hairdresser by trade), foods such as fried pork and coconut cake, cigars, Florida Water, and, of course, rum. Mambo Sallie Ann repeats her waterside ritual in the lobby of the International House Hotel in New Orleans each June 23rd - 24th, St. John’s Day.

Bywater Voodoo

The area now known as Bywater was mostly plantation land in the Colonial era, with significant residential development beginning the first decade of the 19th century as part of what was known as "Faubourg Washington", part of the predominantly Francophone "Downtown" section of New Orleans. Many people from the French Caribbean settled here, especially refugees from the revolution in Haiti. During the century it grew with both white and free colored Creoles, joined by immigrants from Germany and Ireland.

Island Of Salvation This is a real voodoo supply store. www.feyvodou.com

There was little division between this area and what became known as the Lower 9th Ward until the Industrial Canal was dredged through the area in the early 20th century.

A generation knew the area as the "Upper 9th Ward", but as other areas of the 9th Ward above the Canal further from the River became developed, a more specific name was needed. Inspired by the local telephone exchange designation of BYwater which fit the neighborhood's proximity to the River and the Canal, the neighborhood was known as "Bywater" by the 1940s. And Voodoo flourished or so it is said.

Development and speculation surrounding the 1984 World's Fair prompted many long term French Quarter residents to move down river, at first into Marigny; by the late 1990s the bohemian artistic type of communities of the type found in the Quarter mid-century had spread down to Bywater, and many long neglected 19th century houses were refurbished. And when entering these homes signs and symbols of New Orleans Hoodoo Voodoo is more then apparent.

The portion of Bywater on the river side of St. Claude Avenue was one of the few portions of the 9th Ward to escape flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and has made a more rapid recovery than many other parts of the city.

The Great Wall Of Voodoo

The long fence and surrounding buildings are covered with Veve's also and protection symbols. All hand painted by Glassman herself. Everyone is said to have spirits, and each person is considered to have a special relationship with one particular spirit who is said to "own their head", however each person may have many lwa, and the one that owns their head, or the "met tet", may or may not be the most active spirit in a person's life in Haitian belief.

Legba Protect us!

Haitian Vodouisants believe, in accordance with widespread African tradition, that there is one God who is the creator of all, referred to as "Bondyè" (from the French "Bon Dieu" or "Good God"). Bondyè is distinguished from the God of "the whites" in a dramatic speech by the houngan Boukman at Bwa Kayiman, but is often considered the same God of other religions, such as Christianity and Islam. Bondyè is distant from His/Her/Its creation though, and so it is the spirits or the "mysteries", "saints", or "angels" that the Vodouisant turns to for help, as well as to the ancestors. The Vodouisant worships God, and serves the spirits, who are treated with honor and respect as elder members of a household might be. There are said to be twenty-one nations or "nanchons" of spirits, also sometimes called "lwa-yo". Some of the more important nations of lwa are the Rada (corresponding to the Gbe-speaking ethnic groups in the modern-day Republic of Benin, Nigeria, and Togo); the Nago (synonymous with the Yoruba-speaking ethnicities in Nigeria, the Republic of Benin, and Togo); and the numerous West-Central African ethnicities united under the ethnonym Kongo. The spirits also come in "families" that all share a surname, like Ogou, or Ezili, or Azaka or Ghede. For instance, "Ezili" is a family, Ezili Dantor and Ezili Freda are two individual spirits in that family. The Ogou family are soldiers, the Ezili govern the feminine spheres of life, the Azaka govern agriculture, the Ghede govern the sphere of death and fertility. In Dominican Vodou, there is also an Agua Dulce or "Sweet Waters" family, which encompasses all Amerindian spirits. There are literally hundreds of lwa. Well known individual lwa include Danbala Wedo, Papa Legba Atibon, and Agwe Tawoyo.

In Haitian Vodou, spirits are divided according to their nature in roughly two categories, whether they are hot or cool. Cool spirits fall under the Rada category, and hot spirits fall under the Petwo category. Rada spirits are familial and congenial, while Petwo spirits are more combative and restless. Both can be dangerous if angry or upset, and despite claims to the contrary, neither is "good" or "evil" in relation to the other.

The walls of Voodoo.

In serving the spirits, the Vodouisant seeks to achieve harmony with their own individual nature and the world around them, manifested as personal power and resourcefulness in dealing with life. Part of this harmony is membership in and maintaining relationships within the context of family and community. A Vodou house or society is organized on the metaphor of an extended family, and initiates are the "children" of their initiators, with the sense of hierarchy and mutual obligation that implies.

Most Vodouisants are not initiated, referred to as being "bosal"; it is not a requirement to be an initiate in order to serve one's spirits. There are clergy in Haitian Vodou whose responsibility it is to preserve the rituals and songs and maintain the relationship between the spirits and the community as a whole (though some of this is the responsibility of the whole community as well). They are entrusted with leading the service of all of the spirits of their lineage. Priests are referred to as "Houngans" and priestesses as "Mambos". Below the houngans and mambos are the hounsis, who are initiates who act as assistants during ceremonies and who are dedicated to their own personal mysteries. One does not serve just any lwa but only the ones they "have" according to one's destiny or nature. Which spirits a person "has" may be revealed at a ceremony, in a reading, or in dreams. However all Vodouisants also serve the spirits of their own blood ancestors, and this important aspect of Vodou practice is often glossed over or minimized in importance by commentators who do not understand the significance of it. The ancestor cult is in fact the basis of Vodou religion, and many lwa like Agasou (formerly a king of Dahomey) for example are in fact ancestors who are said to have been raised up to divinity.

Voodoo Ritual guest

All dress in white (the color of purity), with red head scarves, or all red (the color of Petwo rites). The crowds that often come to the Alley range from small groups to those of 150 plus gathered Achade Meadows Peristyle, for the many different yearly rituals.

"Many locals and a notable celebrities have trodden the dirt path leading o the New Orleans Voodoo Peryistle, Just as they may have in centuries past going to rituals held by Marie Laveau." "You see even Hurricane Katrina couldn't kill New Orleans Voodoo," says Armando a presiding New Orleans Voodoo King or Doctor."New Orleans Voodoo Hoodoo culture is not necessarily about black or white, but about New Orleans soul it's people."

Armando a Local Voodoo Priest and leader of his own secret Society often attends the rituals held by other groups and often travels there incognito. " I hide myself from the"others Armando Says. Not that I do not wish to know them it's just a tradition with my personal society." " I have walked Rosalie Alley many times to attend rituals, but only the spirits know who I am." " I enjoy the feeling and the mystical feelings this place gives to me and have experienced many loas and actual ghosts on the dusty path." " Glasmanns work is magical and powerful!"

Harriet Cross and Alyne Pustanio

Acclaimed Photographer Harriet Cross and Alyne Pustanio admire the artwork of Sallie Ann Glassman in Rosalie Alley.

Read More Here: HURRICANE PROTECTION RITUAL HONORING ERZULIE DANTOR AND OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR

The Wall of Voodoo New Orleans best place to visit!

The Hurricane Protection Spell is held in Glassman's neighborhood, on a back street called Rosalie Alley. People from the Bywater neighborhood and sometimes from around the world make offerings of prayer, music, dance, candles, herbs, and objects before an altar to both the Catholic Our Lady of Prompt Succor and Ezili Danto, the Haitian Voodoo spirit of passion and of the great storm.

Ghede wall

This over 250 ft long ever expanding public work "Voodoo Gede" mural is a ongoing project for Sallie Ann Glassman. Many nelieve it began for the Annual "Day of the Dead" Ceremony and represents her version of The Gates Of Guinee the portal to the after world. Though this fence walls and gates or the way leading to the Achade Meadows peristyle.

One old tradition still observed in New Orleans today was to search for Secret Voodoo Cemetery Gates Of Guinee, The Mysterious Portal To The Afterworld. Bringing something as an offering, (a piece of King Cake, Mardi Gras Beads etc.). The dead love sweets and gifts, and even more so they love King Cake in New Orleans. In Voodoo, the soul continues to live on earth and may be used in magic or it may be incarnated in a member of the dead person's family. This belief is similar to Catholicism in that the soul is believed to be immortal. Elaborate burial customs have been established to keep the dead buried in the ground. It is believed that corpses, or a persons spirit bottle* that have been removed from their tombs may be turned into zombies, who then serve the will of their masters.

The wall Of Voodoo Gede

Not on any local Haunted Ghost or Voodoo Tour it can be viewed in Rosalie Alley in the heart of the Bywater Neighborhood of New Orleans if you dare to make the trek. Some believe that the X crossed fence leads to this hidden legendary portal. And truly believe it is not wise to visit this alley all alone. Locals they will warn you that you may be pulled into the after world with no hope of escape. A person can instantly die and be taken back to the afterworld. Still worse you or taken there alive!

Voodoo Real New Orleans

Ghede' is a very wise man for his knowledge is an accumulation of the knowledge of all the deceased. He stands on the center of all the roads that lead to Guinee, the afterworld. To find these real mysterious gates in the city of New Orleans might take a little detective work. Some Locals say if their open when you find them... beware! If you then enter you will never return to the real world.

New Orleans Voodoo signs

Known as the Lwa of the Dead in Vodoun, Papa Gede, or Ghede, Guédé, is also known as the Baron Samdi, and is married to Manman Brigit, mother of all Gedes. Together the Gedes dress in funeral colors of purple and black and surround themselves with graveyard imagery. The Gedes are very wise, Papa Gede most of all, because they possess the accumulated wisdom of all the dead.

Each Year La Source Ancienne Ounfo & The Island of Salvation Botanica & Magical Pharmacy present their Annual New Orleans DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION, Voodoo Mambo Sallie Ann Glassman presiding holds a open to the Public day of the dead ritual. Followers wear white with a purple head scarf, or black and purple for Gede. They bring a dish of food for the people, and an offering for the Dead and of course Gede'.

Gede’s tastes tend towards peppers, flat breads, rum, cigars, goats, crosses, grave-digger’s tools, black cock feathers, skeletons, sunglasses with one lens, hot Creole foods, money, the colors black, mauve, and white. He is synchronized with St. Gerard.
Or you can bring something with you that your ancestors or loved ones enjoyed in life.

Also see: NEW ORLEANS STYLE DAY OF THE DEAD

Loord Gede Voodoo Wall

Baron La Croix (Baron the Cross) is the mystical Baron responsible for the reclamation of souls. Baron Samedi is involved in the magical ceremonies of the Sanpwel, including those in which the punishment of zombification is inflicted on criminals. Baron Cimitiere is the Big Black Man in the cemetery, he is the one who guards the bones of the dead at night. Baron Kriminel works for pay, and must be paid by the end of the year, November 2, the Feast of the Dead.

The veve, or traditional insignia, of these lwa is a cross on a tomb. The details of the veve may vary depending on the particular lwa or aspect being invoked.

The dancing Dead Wall Of Voodoo

The spiritual children of Baron and Maman Brigitte are the Gede lwa. Every human being on earth can become a Gede lwa, although not all do! The Gedes are powerful, and will prophesy the future, heal the sick, give advice, or perform magic of all descriptions.

Possessed by Gede lwa, and by Baron and Brigitte. These lwa use a great deal of indecent language, but they are never nasty to people, they don't curse at people, but instead they tell hysterically funny dirty jokes.

They dance the banda, which is a wildly suggestive dance miming sexual intercourse. And in the midst of all this winding and grinding, these lwa keep perfectly straight faces - they are cadavers, they feel nothing!


November 2, All Soul's Day, commonly called Fet Gede (pronounced GAY-day), New Orleans' Catholics attend mass in the morning and then go to the cemetery, where they pray at family grave sites and make repairs to family tombs. The majority of New Orleans Catholics are also said to be Vodouisants, and vice versa, so on the way to the cemetery many people change clothes from the white they wore to church, to the purple and black of the lwa Gede, the spirits of the departed ancestors.

The Feast of the Ancestors, Fet Ghede, is considered the end of the old year and the beginning of the new, much as in the European Wiccan tradition. Any debts to Baron, Maman Brigitte, or Ghede must be paid at this time. Baron Kriminel sings to his debtors:

(Haitian Creole)
Bawon Kriminel, map travay pou ve de te yo, m pa bezwenn lajan (repeat),
Bawon Kriminel, O! Lane a bout o, map paret tan yo.

(English)
Baron Criminel, I'm working for the worms of the earth (lowly, poor people),
I don't need money (repeat),
Baron Criminel, oh! The year has ended, oh, I'll appear, to wait for them (to pay me).

Protection Hex Voodoo

"Although one is pure of thoughts and in heart, searches for the gates of the truly dead. You never know when the winter winds (November) blow, If the cursed gates are searching for you too."

"If you enter the gates backwards you might have a small chance, to flee with your life all intact. But if your motives are untrue then the living death calls your name , then there is nothing you can do."

Attributed to Madame Marie Laveau, 1800's New Orleans

Yearly Hurricane Protection Ritual

HURRICANE CEREMONY VOODOO RITUAL

What: A public prayer ceremony dedicated to Our Lady of Prompt Succor (who has intervened historically on New Orleans' behalf when a hurricane has threatened) and Ezili Danto (also associated with Mater Salvatoris and Mount Carmel) to ask for protection from hurricanes

When: HELD ANNUALY IN JULY

Where: Achade Meadows Peristyle, 3319 Rosalie Alley (off of Rampart, between Piety and Desire)

What to bring in offering:

For Our Lady: flowers, statues, candles, religious pictures, jewelry

For Danto: Barbancourt Rum, Florida Water, candles, daggers, dolls dressed in red and blue with gold trim or calico prints, spicy black beans, peasant cakes, unfiltered cigarettes, fried pork, white creme de menthe

What to wear: Please dress in white (the color of purity), with red head scarves, or all red (the color of Petwo rites).

HaHaunted New Orleans Tours at Achade Perystile Voodoo Guest

It is interesting to note that the practice of Voodoo has survived not simply among the people who always practiced it, but also in this place, where so much culture was born and continues to thrive. To me, ultimately, this demonstrates the power of New Orleans to perpetuate its own culture, to maintain its identity even in the midst of swirling demographic shifts and physical assaults.

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In the grand secret traditions of the great ancestor of New Orleans Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Today post hurricane Katrina Voodoo is very much alive and well and flourishing in New Orleans, LA (known as the Voodoo Capital of the United States).

TOP NEW ORLEANS VOODOO QUEENS

Queen Bianca

Bianca the Queen of all New Orleans Voodoo



Bianca has been the reigning Queen of New Orleans voodoo since 1983 when she received the title from Liga Foley, her aunt by marriage and a granddaughter of Marie Laveau or so they say.

Larger then life her reputation and legend proceeds her. Bianca has presided over the secret Sosyete that the Laveaus' originally founded carrying on the legacy of true New Orleans voodoo these many years. "The Grande Sosyete did not die with (Marie Laveau I, and II) them it just went underground." says Bianca. Only the inner circle of followers and devotees know of it's secrets and rites, and ritual locations.

Bianca learned the ways of New Orleans Voodoo and Santeria from a very young age. Having studied numerous ancient paths and traditions, she has also become very well known as specializing in rare New Orleans original voodoo occult items and the handmaking of magical fetishes, small voodoo statues and good luck charms.

No one is left unmoved by an encounter with the powerful Bianca and she is widely loved and sought after. There are some, however, who live by this motto in their dealings with the reigning Voodoo Queen:



“Ira Regina Mors Est”

It is wise to take this caveat to heart.

OFFICIAL BIANCA THE VOODOO QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS

WEB SITE: THE HOUSE OF VOODOO

Bianca’s Midnight Blessing of the Monkey and Cock Statues

Modern day Voodoo Queen Bianca reigns over New Orleans Voodoo in direct line from Marie Laveau, recognized as the original queen. Each year, sometimes twice a year, Queen Bianca will host a ritual in which the Monkey and Cock Statues created in honor of Marie Laveau are blessed and charged. In this ritual, which always takes place outdoors in a highly secret location, Queen Bianca will invoke the spirit of Marie Laveau, becoming possessed by the powerful Voodoo Queen. Through Bianca, her modern day counterpart, Marie Laveau is able to be present with her devotees and personally blesses the Monkey and Cock Statues.

The highly secret vodusi of Queen Bianca’s Sosyete present the living, channeled Marie Laveau with the first Monkey and Cock Statue of each year as an offering; other offerings preferred by Marie Laveau, including those detailed above, are also presented and accepted by Laveau through the powerful Queen Bianca.

The first Monkey and Cock statue remains with the powerful Mambo throughout the year until the time of the next ritual when it is ceremoniously broken in favor of another. This ritual is said to take place once each year, usually around April 30th or May 1st; often, however, Queen Bianca and her vodusi will repeat the ritual in the fall of the year, coinciding with harvest festivals and Samhain rituals. As stated, the location for each ritual is a closely guarded secret and is only shared with members of the Sosyete at the very last minute, when they are called to assemble. This is one of the most powerful examples of continuing devotion to the great Marie Laveau surviving in New Orleans today.

Bianca’s Annual Drumming Ritual

The highly secret Sosyete of Bianca the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans conducts regular drumming rituals in secret locations throughout the New Orleans area. In the face of Hurricane Katrina, Bianca and her vodusi undertook a marathon drumming ritual, maintaining it through the very worst of the hurricane’s fury. Even the winds and floodwaters of Katrina could not drown out the drums, and in the end, despite the devastation, the storm turned and spared New Orleans it’s very worst. Under normal circumstances, that is pre-Katrina, Queen Bianca regularly called her Sosyete together, usually around the middle of August, for an annual ceremony to propitiate the Lwas and the ancestors, thanking them for their unceasing attention to the faithful. These drumming rituals are the direct descendants of the “bamboula” that Marie Laveau hosted during her reign as Queen of Voodoo, and, in fact, Queen Bianca still refers to the ritual by that popular name today. With the displacement of many members of her ultra-secret sect, it will be some time before Queen Bianca will host another “bamboula;” but she asked that the drumming rituals continue to take place in absentia until the Sosyete is once again reunited in its New Orleans home.


A few Real Voodoo Queens are left in New Orleans post hurricane Katrina.

Priestess Miriam Chamani

Priestess Miriam gives Consultations and African Bone Readings both in person and via the telephone.  She specializes in Voodoo Weddings, Damballah for Healing, and Erzulie for Love.  Priestess Miriam designs Voodoo Dolls and Kits tailored to each person's needs and desires.

Priestess Miriam gives Consultations and African Bone Readings both in person and via the telephone. She specializes in Voodoo Weddings, Damballah for Healing, and Erzulie for Love. Priestess Miriam designs Voodoo Dolls and Kits tailored to each person's needs and desires.

Priestess Miriam was born and raised in Mississippi where she experienced the power of mysterious spiritual forces beginning in early childhood. Around 1975 the power of the spirit called strongly to Priestess Miriam leading her to many spiritual orders and ultimately to a seat at the Angel All Nations Spiritual Church. There she increased her knowledge of spirit and explored metaphysical concepts and teachings.

In October 1982 she was consecrated as Bishop of the Church and served there until 1989. In 1990, Priestess Miriam and her late husband Oswan Chamani settled in New Orleans where they founded the Voodoo Spiritual Temple, the only temple of its kind in the City at that time.

Priestess Miriam is praised as an unbiased and unprejudiced spiritual guide who sees people not by race or color but by what is in their hearts. At the Voodoo Spiritual Temple Priestess Miriam offers many kinds of traditional Vodoun spiritual services with Voodoo Weddings being the most popular.

Priestess Miriam Chamani is the Mombo (Mother/Priestess) of the New Orleans Voodoo Spiritual Temple. The Temple is located next to Congo Square and the its rituals are directly connected to the rituals performed on Congo Square by Marie Laveau and Doctor John. It was established in 1990 by Priest Oswan Chamani and his wife Miriam. It is the only formally established Spiritual Temple with a focus on traditional West African spiritual and herbal healing practices currently existing in New Orleans. "Mother" or "Mombo" Miriam, as she is also known, was ordained a bishop in the "Angel Angel All Nations Spiritual Church" prior to her marriage. She has been in numerous documentaries and articles; her photo was in the New York Times as part of an article on Voodoo in New Orleans, and she's been featured in Spin Magazine, in movies, and on PBS and commercial TV in America, England and Japan. She has appeared at both the Starwood Festival and the WinterStar Symposium as both a speaker and a liturgist. She was one of the first priestesses to present authentic Voodoo rituals to the Neo-Pagan community, along with Louis Martinie' and the Temple drummers of the New Orleans Voodoo Spiritual Temple (Krewe of Nutria). Upon the death of her husband, Voodoo Priest Oswan Chamani on March 6, 1995, Miriam Chamani continued her husband's Belizan Vodou and herbalism traditions in addition to her own spiritualist practices, and continues many of the inclusive trends of Black Christian Spiritualism, seeking to serve all peoples regardless of race or belief.

Chamani was invited by actor Nicholas Cage to perform a blessing ceremony during his wedding to Lisa Marie Presley, after hiring her as a consultant for his directoral debut Sonny. On Halloween, 1999, a local radio station asked her to perform a ceremony outside the Superdome to help the New Orleans Saints win against the Cleveland Browns (which was interrupted by harassment from a Browns fan dressed as a dog).

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The Voodoo Spiritual Temple was established in 1990 by Priestess Miriam and Priest Oswan Chamani. It is the only "formally" established Spiritual Temple with a focus on traditional West African spiritual and herbal healing practices currently existing in New Orleans. On March 6, 1995, Priest Oswan ) transcended into the arms of the ancestors but Priestess Miriam continues to carry on the tradition of the Temple along with the Spirit of Oswan. The Voodoo Spiritual Temple has extended its spirituality across the world and is opening a Temple in Russia.

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Ava Kay Jones

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Voodoo Yoruba Priestess Ava Kay Jones poses with her South American Red Tailed Boa during the Saints win against the Rams.

Voodoo and Yoruba Priestess Ava Kay Jones educates the public in the true nature of the Voodoo religion. Ava Kay Jones Voodu priestess of New Orleans was an attorney by trade when she chose the path of her spiritual calling.

Voodoo and Yoruba Priestess Ava Kay Jones was an attorney by trade before she chose the path of her true spiritual calling. One of only twenty practicing Voodoo Mambos in the US, Ava Kay Jones has enthralled locals and visitors alike with her dynamic presentation of authentic voodoo rituals as practiced in the days of Marie Laveau. Priestess Ava is also the founder and featured performer of the Voodoo Macumba Dance Ensemble, a performance group of drummers, dancers, fire-eaters, and sword and snake dancers. Priestess Ava and Voodoo Macumba have performed in movies, at festivals, and, most notably, in the Superdome conducting blessing ceremonies for the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints contracted Quint Davis and his company Festival Productions Inc. (the team that produces Jazz Fest and the Essence Festival) to handle entertainment for the Saints' home games. According to Wayne Hodes, director of marketing for the Saints, approximately two weeks before the Saints/Rams game on Dec. 17, 2002, Hodes' office asked Davis to hire Ava Kay Jones, a well-known Voodoo and Yoruba priestess, to do a blessing before the game.

Jones, who was raised Catholic, says she is still very much a Christian. She was ordained as a Voodoo priestess in Haiti in 1985, and as a Yoruba priestess in 1989. She is frequently interviewed on the subject of Voodoo, which she says is misunderstood due to inaccurate portrayals, fear and prejudice. She says she is committed to educating the public about the faith she has so deeply embraced.

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Rev. Mother Severina KarunaMayi Singh

Rev. Mother Severina KarunaMayi Singh



Mother Severina inherited her psychic ability and intuition through her family’s Gypsy background and has performed spiritual counseling and Tarot divination since her youth. She learned about folk remedies and healing herbs from her mother. She is very much involved in dream and trance work; primarily clairaudient, she is sometimes clairvoyant as well. Mother Severina practices Vodoun and Yoruba traditions, as well as Sufism and metaphysical practices. She is also the founder of the New Orleans Voodoo Crossroads Dance and Drum Ensemble, a popular troupe performing at festivals, voodoo weddings and other events.

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New Orleans Voodoo Crossroads was founded in 1991 as a vehicle for the dissemination of true and accurate information about the beliefs and practices of the Voodoo religion in New Orleans. She offessr the finest products and services in the Tradition of New Orleans Voodoo.

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Momma Alice is a Voodoo Priestess of great inner strength and power, famed for her root magick and specialized rituals encompassing all aspects of traditional New Orleans Voodoo, Hoodoo and Santeria. Momma Alice has performed many public and private rituals throughout the New Orleans region over the years but now prefers to stay out of the limelight. Guided by her spirits and ancestors to work humbly and guilelessly, Momma Alice remains reticent about not becoming “another tourist attraction.” Beloved by all who know and follow her, Momma Alice is one of the best traditionalist workers of the craft in the entire New Orleans area.




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