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 F&F Botanica... You'll find votive candles, incense, oils, herbs, stones, and books about world religions, luck, and personal spirituality. One of the largest and oldest Botanicas in Haunted New Orleans.

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Botanicas are stores that stock herbs, roots, beads, oils, scents, sprays, powders, potions, etc., used in Santería and other ritual practices such as Espiritismo. Exciting collection of books, herbs and candles, traditional unique New Orleans Voodoo Hoodoo items, Vodou, Santeria and much more.

African, Caribbean, Iberian, Cuban, Hatian and American Voodoo lore, you can find more than 6,000 products and religious articles. From waters and oils to candles and washes. with its vast selections of sacred roots, holy cards, religious statues, talismans, blessing sprays, Tarot card, incense, and voodoo curios F&F botanica is a very interesting stop on your next visit to New Orleans.

Commonly, F&F interior space is separated into what you might call “front” and “back” regions. The former “sales” area contains display shelves and glass cases filled with colored beads, cauldrons, tureens, perfumes, oils, candles, herbs and other ritual materials for sale. The “back” region is used for private religious consultations (using one of many divinatory techniques, including cowry shells, tarot cards, Spanish cards, and more, depending on the specific faith of the diviner).

The consultations performed here allow customers to participate in the religion without initiation or allegiance to a particular community of worshippers.

F&F carry a nice selection of religious articles from Cuba and Latin America. In the Santeria & Lucumi section you can locate products used in Santeria, Palo, Ifa and Espiritismo. The Hoodoo items frequently used for spells or spiritual workings based on Rootwork, African American folk and Southern Magic.

Catholic Supplies section includes holy cards, larger images of Saints, Statuary & Rosaries. Holy Medals for patron saints in pewter. Wear as jewelry or add to charms and mojo bags. Holy Cards with both English and Spanish prayers. Imported Statuary from Italy, Mexico and other parts of Latin America. Laminated highest quality Italian made holy cards from the original art house known as CromoNB. The gold gilding and professional laminating make them amazing. Double Sided with an English Prayer on the back. Italian Holy Cards in Spanish Language. Double Sided with Spanish Prayer on the back. Small, glossy wallet sized cards with a small insert that has been touched to the relics of the particular patron(ess).

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Qualified and experienced staff members are always available to answer your Hoodoo voodoo questions, about products and/or services. Consultations and readings are also part of the services offered.

The largest and oldest Botanica in New Orleans. Serving the public with anything and everything you want to order in the Afro Cuban religion of Santeria, Voodoo, Hoodoo, Condonble, Spritual, and Palo products all at your service now Please call or email us for a catalog.

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Near New Orleans FRENCH QUARTER. Stop by F&F Botanica for gifts with a spiritual touch. You'll find votive candles, incense, oils, herbs, stones, and books about world religions, luck, and personal spirituality. One of the largest and oldest Botanicas in New Orleans.

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African, Caribbean, Iberian, Cuban, Hatian and American Voodoo lore, you can find more than 6,000 products and religious articles. From waters and oils to candles and washes. with its vast selections of sacred roots, holy cards, religious statues, talismans, blessing sprays, Tarot card, incense, and voodoo curios F&F botanica is a very interesting stop on your next visit to New Orleans.

 

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Santeria is an Afro-Caribbean religion which is becoming more widely practiced in North American as immigration continues from Latin America and specifically Cuba. The rituals of this religion are bizarre by conventional western standards and often result in reports of criminal activity or lead police to presume that a criminal act has been committed. Police Officers investigating alleged criminal actions by practitioners of these religions and in New Orleans are more familiar with the meaning and potential relevance of religious artifacts and Voodoo hooodoo cult practices.

Origins of Santeria
Santeria is a religion popular among Hispanics in general and Cuban-Americans in particular. Like other Afro-Caribbean cults practiced in Miami, such as Haitian Voodoo, Obeah and Brazilian Candomble, it blends African religion with some aspects of Christianity. The Spanish, French and Portuguese introduced African slaves to Christianity and, partly as a compromise to ensure cultural survival, the slaves depicted the various African deities with facsimiles of Roman Catholic saints (a phenomenon known as syncretism). The gods and goddesses of Santeria are of West African origin, specifically of the Yoruba culture of southwestern Nigeria.

The beliefs and rituals of Santeria
According to the beliefs of Santeria, each person is born under a particular guardian saint (Orsha) that must be worshipped [worshiped] throughout life. The guardian saint is central to all rites and magic performed in Santeria. An essential part of those rituals involves the use of herbs, roots, flowers and plants. Most of these and other religious paraphernalia may be purchased from stores called "botanicas" which are found throughout Dade county.

Most formal Santeria rituals also require the use of sacrificial birds and animals. Each of the saints is ‘fed' his or her favorite food or sacrifice. The blood of roosters, turtles and goats is the most common offering. Birds such as pigeons, canaries and hens are used in rubbing rituals where the practitioner is cleansed-the evil supposedly passing from the victim to the animal.

Santeria practices or magic are most often used as a strategy to resolve conflicts both within and between persons. Through a set of symbolic rituals, practitioners are believed to achieve relief from various forms of emotional, social and physical disabilities. Practiced within the bounds of non-medical and psychic healing, which is generally the case, Santeria is a neutral or benevolent magic religion. Santeria does not promote malevolent or criminal activities, but it does have a component of malevolent sorcery that is often used by criminal individuals for their own purposes. Santeria does not have a specific moral code such as found in Judeo-Christian religion and, as such, is amenable to enhancing the criminal enterprises of those who may use its magic for personal protection and good fortune. Drug dealers, for example, are often found with elaborate statues and other depiction of Santeria in their homes or hideaways. The god of hunting and owner of traps (Ochosi), for example, is often honored by Latin criminals in order to avoid incarceration or to obtain release from jail, or ward off the police.

Ritual Sites and Houses or Worship
Ritual sites of Santeria practices reflect the objects of worship and purpose of the ritual-essential information for police investigators who suspect criminal activities. A general overview of the organizational structure and beliefs of these practitioners is essential to an understanding of these religious accouterments.

Priests and priestesses in the Santerial religion are known as "santeros" or "santeras" and high priests are known as "babalawos". Both men and women can become initiated into this religion. The order of the high priest or "babalawo" is only reserved for males. These practitioners specialize in divination to predict the future and interpret significant omens in the consultant's life.

The Santeria practitioners organize themselves under what is known as "casa de santo" or literally ‘house of saint'. Each new initiative in the religion is sponsored by a "padrino" or "madrina (‘godfather' or ‘godmother') who is responsible for teaching the newcomer the "secrets" of the religion. This same godfather/godmother has numerous other individuals that have become full-fledged practitioners under his/her guidance as well as individuals who have consulted them once or twice for minor problems (such as love magic, prosperity, minor health problems, etc.).

The estimate of how many individuals practice Santeria in the United States varies. Authors such as Migene Gonzalez-Wipler (1973, p.10) have placed this number at over one hundred million practitioners in the Americas. Other more conservative estimates place this number in the hundreds of thousands in the United States. Conservative estimates for the South Florida area point to about 10 to 15 percent of the Hispanics being either full-fledge practitioners or "dabblers" in Santeria rituals. It must be mentioned that many followers of this religion maintain strict secrecy regarding their religious involvement. A good index of the popularity of Santeria is the number of botanica stores found throughout Dade county. Currently, there are approximately 60 botanicas catering to the needs of Santeria followers in the greater Miami area.

Afro-Cuban Santeria (Yoruba) Mythology
To the Santeria practitioners, religious mythology plays a major role in adding logic and depth to the symbolic nature of their practices.

Understanding the myths and legends of each god or goddess is essential in determining what animals or foods are offered, what colors are associated with the deities, what ceremonies are conducted on particular days of the week, the specific dances performed, and a host of other details pertinent to the religion. It is important to point out that these myths and legends are real and meaningful to the members of this religion.

The following is a description of the most popular Orishas:

ELEGGUA
Also known as Echu, is the guardian of the crossroads. All rituals are first begun by invoking Eleggua. He is known to punish those who do not respect him. He is a restless god, and for his own amusement causes much annoyance to mortals. It seems that even among the other deities, he is a bit of a practical joker, though at times not very funny. The colors of Eleggua are red and black. His numbers are 3 and 21.

OBATALA
He is considered the creator of the world. The father of all the Orishas and the god of peace. His color is white and the numbers are 8 and 16.

YEMAYA
Queen of the seas and goddess of motherhood. She is depicted as a virtuous mother, prudent, intelligent, and at the same time warm, human and happy. Her colors are blue and white and the number is 7.

Goddess of love and lust. She is depicted as being sensuous, witty and wicked. She is also the goddess of rivers, lagoons and gold. Oshun represents all things sweet, beautiful and voluptuous. Her colors are yellow and gold and the number is 5.

CHANGO
God of virility and strength, also of thunder and lightning. Above all he is representative of unbridled sexuality. There is no deity more vehement nor energetic. His color is red and white and the numbers are 4 and 6.

OGGUN
The god of all things made of iron and mineral. A warlike god. He is symbolized by machetes, picks, shovels, hammers, and any object made of steel or iron. His colors are green and black and the number is 7.

BABALU AYE
God of illnesses and seer who can look into the future. His colors are purple and brown or purple and yellow and the number is 17.

OCHOSI
He is the god of hunters and spell casters. He is also known as a god of justice. He is frequently associated with the police, the jails, and the legal system. His color brown and beige and the number is 3.


Santeria is a religion readily encountered among Hispanic populations in the United States. It is important for police officers to remember that this religion by itself does not foster overt criminal activity. However, the religion is often used by criminals to foster and further their criminal enterprises. Also devotees often feel they are protected by the deities and may therefore act in rash and unexpected ways that could endanger the safety or life of a police officer.

Police officers often encounter ceremonial sites in homes in the course of serving warrants or conducting other unrelated investigations. Depending on local ordinances, there may be violations related to animal cruelty due to ritual animal sacrifice. Recent U.S. Supreme Court (reference case) ruling has allowed for the ritual sacrifice of animals that does not involved animal torture or cruelty.

References
"Santeria: A Magico-Religious System of Afro-Cuban Origin", Martinez, Rafael, MA, and Wetli, Charles V., MD, The American Journal of Social Psychiatry, Volume II, Number 3, Brunner/Mazel, Inc., New York, NY, 1982.

Santeria: African Magic in Latin America. Wippler-Gonzalez, Migene, New York: Anchor Books, 1973.

 

 

 

 

 

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