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CHOOSING THE RIGHT VOODOO DOLL

CHOOSE THE RIGHT VOODOO DOLL FOR YOU !

VOODOO DOLLS

by A. Pustanio, Photos by Karen beals



Modern members of Marie Laveau’s secret voodoo sosyete are said to follow long-standing traditions in choosing voodoo dolls for their personal use.

These traditions, which have been handed down orally and preserved among the most devout followers of the original Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, are looked upon as a loose set of guidelines to follow in choosing from among a variety of dolls charged with a myriad of intents and purposes.

Certain rituals saw the followers of voudun sticking pins in the figures of saints or guardian spirits. Such acts are done not to bring harm to anyone, but to keep the good force of magic within the object.



Many old-line New Orleans families pass down heirloom voodoo dolls through succeeding generations; but always the original purpose or connection of the doll is preserved. In one family, for instance, a voodoo doll was created by the family matriarch to keep her son’s philandering ways in check once he had married a suitable partner and was expected to act responsibly both in public and private.

The doll in question is quite elegant, recalling the young gentleman’s high-brow upbringing, and even wears a tuxedo tie and cumberbund. The construction of the doll is entirely by hand and every detail is noted, however, this is where the finesse ends. Artifacts such as magnets, an unbroken turkey wishbone, mustard seeds, knotted twine, ribbons, and even little stones in the doll’s pockets and shoes (to keep the man it was made of from straying) have been placed on the doll over the years until the entire image is nearly obscured. The people who made it and the person for whom it was intended are long dead, and yet, in the tradition handed down by the followers of Marie Laveau’s brand of New Orleans Voodoo, daughters of succeeding generations (it is always passed down through the female line) have added to the talismans weighing the little doll down and keeping it in place. In this way, the doll takes on new meaning to each generation and, more than this, it comes to represent not just the original man for whom it was made, but all the other men who have married into the family.

There are other dolls designed for particular purposes that are kept as heirlooms and still emote a strong power even after so many years. Voodoo dolls created to increase fertility, perhaps with trappings of rabbit fur, crane feathers, seeds, crystals or lodestones, are treasured by old-line New Orleans families and it is not uncommon for such dolls to be given to women in the family who are hoping to conceive. Another common doll, really a pair of dolls, is given to the potential sibling to keep: these voodoo dolls, cut from the same cloth, often sewn or joined at the hands or hips and adorned with lucky items, are meant to attract a brother or sister into the family. Examples of these sibling dolls are rare and are seldom found outside the New Orleans area.

Dolls representing enemies are also often kept and handed down through families, especially when there is some long-standing enmity between two particular families. In this case, it is not unusual to find dolls that were made over a century ago, when the real or imagined wrongs were still fresh and new, still kept in secure places by a new generation of the family. These dolls are kept contained and are often augmented with additional protective and peacemaking talismans to assure that old divisions and enmities do not break out anew: a voodoo twist on keeping your enemies “closer.”



The common image of the voodoo doll, as an object of revulsion and a work of anger to be abused and, in some cases, destroyed, is not entirely correct, as is obvious from the few examples cited above. True practitioners of vodou know that there is more to voodoo dolls and hoodoo fetishes than meets the eye, and that each doll is unique, having a special place and spirit all it’s own.

When choosing your own unique voodoo doll be aware of the purpose you are hoping this doll will fulfill when it comes to take up residence in your home or workplace. Voodoo dolls are highly personal objects and thrive when they are given a personal connection to their keeper as well as his or her family and friends. So long as the object of your doll is rooted in positive, focused energy, it can enjoy many years as a member of your family. Dolls that are made and/or chosen for darker purposes, however, should be kept solitary and away from other family members or friends and handled as little as possible.

Waxen and cloth images may also be used to bring about unions of love, as well as terrible deeds of hatred and revenge. In order to weave a love spell with wax effigies, the magician fashions two hearts of wax, baptizes them with the lovers' names, and then joins the hearts together with three pins. The images are then given to the one who desires such a union so that she or he might press the wax hearts to her or his own heart.



By following these simple guidelines, your voodoo doll will continue to delight and serve you for years to come!



VOODOO DOLLS CURSES


To accomplish the placing a curse or a spell upon an individual, many magic traditions utilize a wax or cloth image to represent a hated enemy or a desired loved one. To properly effect such a spell or curse, it is generally required to obtain some personal bit of the object of one's intentions, i.e., nail parings, hair, excrement, saliva; and mix this in with soft wax or sew it in the cloth. Once this has been accomplished, the wax or pieces of cloth may be shaped into the form of either a male or female figure.

In the popular mind the so-called voodoo doll is the most well-known of such effigies, and many tourists have brought such souvenirs home from their visits to New Orleans or Haiti where Voudun (Voodoo) is practiced as a religion. Over the years, the portrayal of a voudun priest or priestess sticking pins into a doll that represents someone who has incurred their wrath has become so common that such effigies or puppets are known collectively as voodoo dolls. Actually, such figures have no role in the religion of voodoo, and the practice of sticking pins in dolls or poppets (puppets) is a custom of Western European witches, rather than the Haitian or Caribbean practitioners of voudun. Perhaps the misunderstanding arose when outsiders who witnessed

One method of effigy cursing calls for the magician to fashion a wax or cloth skeleton and to inscribe the name of the intended victim on its back. The image is then pierced with a thorn or a sharpened twig in the area corresponding to the victim's body part that the sorcerer desires to inflict with pain. Once pierced, the skeleton is wrapped in a shroud and prayed over as if it were a deceased person. When the death-rites have been accomplished, the effigy must be buried in a spot over which the intended victim is certain to walk.

Waxen and cloth images may also be used to bring about unions of love, as well as terrible deeds of hatred and revenge. In order to weave a love spell with wax effigies, the magician fashions two hearts of wax, baptizes them with the lovers' names, and then joins the hearts together with three pins. The images are then given to the one who desires such a union so that she or he might press the wax hearts to her or his own heart.

When magicians are convinced that they themselves have been cursed, they might form an image, or puppet, to represent the one who has cast the malign spell. Once the magicians have fashioned such a puppet, they bury the box containing the puppet under a thin layer of soil. Over the soil, they light a bonfire and chant their wish that the curse set against them will be consumed along with the flames that burn the puppet representing the one who cursed them.

 

VOODOO DOLL LOVE KNOTS


The expression "tying the knot" when one speaks of the marriage vows seems to have almost universal meaning. New Orleansians tell of similar " Voodoo doll knot-tying" love spells . Somehow it seems the most natural kind of symbolism to visualize the binding of one's self to the object of one's love while the fingers weave the knots and the lips chant a soulful litany. Here is how the New Orleans Voodoo knot doll love spel was woven:

The Vodousi in The socyete of Marie Laveau alone would take a length of cord or ribbon that would sustain seven knots strung out at a distance of about an inch from one another. According to the Marie Laveau ritual, the first knot was to be tied in the middle of the cord with the admonition that the two lovers remain bound to each other from that moment and that their love was in the circle that bound them.

At about the distance of one inch, the hoodoo conjurer formed the second knot to the right of the first, telling the lovers that their love would endure with the strength of steel. The third knot was tied to the left of the first knot and the lovers were told that they would not be able to break away from one another, even though from time to time their passion might waver. The fourth knot was placed to the right with the message that all good spirits and the Holy Light would always keep the image of the other in the lovers' mind. The fifth knot was done to the left, assuring fidelity throughout their lifetimes. The sixth knot was bound on the right, binding the exclusivity of their affections, one to the other. The last knot, the seventh, was secured to the left and the officiator declared that the two should stand always within the circle of their love and happiness, unable to be separated by any power of Earth.

The incantation completed, the maker of the ritual would then bind the two ends of the cord together and wear it in the manner of a binding around the doll or dolls never to be untied. The "knot-love-DOLL" was to be placed under ones bed for seven nights. Upon the seventh day, the charm was either to be burned in offering to good spirits or to be hidden in a secret place never to be touched or found.


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It’s safe to assume that everyone has heard about voodoo dolls and thinks they’ve pretty much grasped the concept. After all, what could be more simple? A little cloth cut to look like a person, a little stuffing (preferably some rotting Spanish moss), some twine, a Sharpie marker to make the features, and a big box of shiny new pins can provide hours of nasty, furtive fun to the discontented or just mischief-minded among us.

Or, perhaps you’ve encountered them dressed in Mardi Gras hues, complete with feathers and primitive features, glued to magnets and grinning from the refrigerator door as a little memento of a visit to New Orleans.

But is this all that’s behind the mystique and seduction of these popular little creatures? Mostly harmless and merely decorative?

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