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Mary Ellen Pleasant, The Other Voodoo Queen

CALIFORNIA VOODOO QUEEN: Mary Ellen Pleasant

 

She has been called the "Mother of Civil Rights", a Bordello Madam, a Voodoo Queen, and even a murderer. Mary Ellen Pleasant was black, and a mistress, lover, or consort to wealthy banker Thomas Bell. Her nemesis, Teresa Bell claimed she was held voodoo orgies at the Bell mansion. Others claimed she was one of the first civil rights crusaders. She was mysterious, wealthy and controversial.

Mary Ellen Pleasant (died January 4, 1904) was a 19th Century female entrepreneur of partial African descent who used her fortune to further abolition. She worked on the Underground Railroad across many states and then helped bring it to California during the Gold Rush Era. She was a friend and financial supporter of John Brown and well known in abolitionist circles. After the Civil War she took her battles to the courts and won several civil rights victories, one of which was cited and upheld in the 1980’s and resulted in her being called, “The Mother of Human Rights in California”

Mary Ellen Pleasant was born a slave around 1814, on a plantation near Augusta, Georgia. In her own memoir, she claimed that her mother was a voodoo priestess, descended from a long line of “voodoo queens” of Santo Domingo. She said that her father was John H. Pleasance, the White son of a governor of Virginia.

Mary Ellen was said to practice her powerful voodoo to control people, and people claimed she had “hypnotic powers”. She ran a boardinghouse for her young female “protégés” who socialized with the wealthy and powerful men who knew Pleasant through business dealings; some accounts referred to her as a madam. Rumors circulated regarding mysterious deaths of several people connected with her, but she was never charged with a crime. In 1935 a San Francisco newspaper reported that a family acquaintance of Thomas Bell, the banker, swore before he died that Pleasant had given Bell drugged wine and pushed him over a banister to his death. Afterwards, Bell’s house was said to be haunted.

In any case, Mary Ellen Pleasant was one of the most influential women in San Francisco’s early history. She increased her fortune through speculation on mining ventures and investment in other businesses. Pleasant died in San Francisco at the age of 89. While accounts of her life are full of controversy, there is no question that she was a major force in San Francisco’s early days, and was the first powerful person to fight for the civil rights of Black Californians.
www.gibbsmagazine.com/Mary%20Ellen.htm

Story John Johnson by Artwork by Ricardo Pustanio © 2007

 

Mary Ellen Pleasant often made contradictory claims about her early years. Her birthday is known to be August 19; the year is unknown but may be between 1814-1817. In the mostly likely version of her memoirs dictated to her god-daughter, Charlotte Downs, she claimed she was born a slave to a Voodoo (her word: Vodoun was not in use at the time) priestess and the youngest offspring of a Virginia governor, John Hampden Pleasants. In any case she showed up in Nantucket circa 1827 as a 10-13 year old bonded servant to store keeper, “Grandma” Hussey and worked out her bondage, then became a family member and lifelong friend to Grandma's granddaughter Phoebe Hussey Gardner. The Husseys were involved in Abolition and it is known that Mary Ellen met most of the famous luminaries of the movement during her youth on Nantucket.

Mary Ellen Pleasant
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The history of Mammy Pleasant and her hold on Thomas and Teresa Bell will perhaps always be shrouded in secrecy. For although she had been offered $50,000 tell what she knew after the death of Mr. Bell and her grim rift with Teresa Bell over a property settlement in 1899, loyalty was one of Mammy’s virtues.

People said she was a blackmailer, a procuress, a thief, a horsewhipper of children—who was also capable of generosity and infinite gentleness—and that she had been a New Orleans slave whose master had freed her for “certain reasons.”

Around 1850, the Pleasants traveled to Nantucket to hide out for a while, and then continued to New Orleans where she became acquainted with a “Voodoo Queen,” Marie LaVeaux, who was an influential figure in New Orleans society. Mary Ellen remained in New Orleans for some time, studying voodoo with LaVeaux. Her primary interest was said to be methods of manipulating rich people to benefit the poor and oppressed. Her husband continued west to see if San Francisco would be a good place for a new start.

CALIFORNIA VOODOO QUEEN: Mary Ellen Pleasant

The reason she is not better known today is probably because of the scandals of the late 19th century which began by dragging her name through the mud in the courts over another person’s dishonored marriage contract. This court battle between Sarah Althea Hill and William Sharon smeared Mary Ellen badly, but the job was finished later when Teresa Bell, Thomas Bell’s widow, sued Mary Ellen over Thomas’ estate. The house Mary Ellen had designed for Thomas Bell and herself became known as the “House of Mystery” and the peculiar arrangements with Thomas’ farce of a “marriage” were exposed and paraded through the courts though they had nothing to do with the battle at hand. It does show you what a black woman and a white man thought they had to do in that time and place to have a life under the same roof.

The Hill/Sharon battle and Sharon’s newspaper allies, publicly named Mary Ellen as a Voodoo priestess (which she may have been) but went on to say that she was a baby stealer, a baby eater, a multiple murderess, a madam, a lying, conniving, cunning, schemer, and maybe, worst of all, hung the epithet of “Mammy” upon her. All the press from the 1880’s and beyond was extremely negative to an aging Mary Ellen. She was quoted on more than one occasion as saying, “DON’T call me Mammy!”, a request too often ignored by friend and foe alike.

It is said by certain writers that Mary Ellen Pleasant made herself the "Voodoo Queen of San Francisco," that she conducted voodoo ceremonies in her homes and in the home of Thomas Bell and that she used her voodoo skills to entice, entrap and overawe several Whites, including former Senator Sharon who died, one writer said, after she "willed him to death."

She died on January 4, 1904.

Although some fiction was written that included Mary Ellen in various guises, it was not until the 1998 that another writer and researcher, Susheel Bibbs, who had done accurate historical research on Mary Ellen’s life began to publish a series of monographs available through MEP Productions, SF. http://www.mepleasant.com/ Susheel’s work on Mary Ellen is recognized by the California Humanities Council. http://hometown.aol.com/mepleasant/myhomepage/resume.htm

It was common legend that Mammy was in league with Blind Bill, the Bell butler. When Thomas Bell died from a fall over the banisters of his own house and his son Fred was the victim of a mysterious assault in the house, tongues clacked unrestrainedly.

Before he died, Tom S. Burns, who was Teresa Bell’s old notary public, swore he knew Mammy had killed Thomas Bell by giving him drugged port wine and pushing him over the banister. Little wonder when mammy died in 1904 at the age of 89, and Teresa Bell sold the “House of Mystery,” which subsequently became a select boarding house, that folks labeled the place haunted.

Today the Green Eye Hospital stands on the site and the last evidence of the Bell mansion has vanished before the hosts of progress.


The San Francisco News
October 14, 1935

At 1661 Octavia Street you will find a plaque honoring African-American Mary Ellen Pleasant.

1661 Octavia Street plaque honoring African-American Mary Ellen Pleasant.

A biographer notes that her mother brought her up in the Voodoo religion, and that Mary herself was perceived to have the powers associated with a priestess. Whether she had supernatural powers or not, she certainly amassed a fortune in San Francisco - which was reportedly worth $30,000,000 at its height.

There is now a park and memorial plaque at the corner of Bush & Octavia streets, where her grand mansion once stood. She received the most wealthy and influential people of the town at her home, and it was said that Mary used hidden peepholes and passages to spy on her guests' conversations while she was out of the room. That gathering of confidential information could have been one way that she contributed to her fortune.

The legends of her Voodoo prowess abound to this day, however, and there have been many strange occurrences that have taken place in the park. People who say bad things about her in the park have had objects dropped on their head, or fallen suddenly as if pushed. The sudden appearance of a crow seems to herald Mary's presence, and she has even taken her human form and walked among the trees and bushes. If you make a respectful request of the Voodoo priestess on that corner, and find favor with Mary, it is said that your request will come true.

Source: http://www.ghostinmysuitcase.com/places/sanfran/index.htm

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 TEN NEW ORLEANS VOODOO QUEENS

No. 1: Queen Bianca



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

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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.



No. 2: Mambo Sallie Ann Glassman


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.

Counted as one of the twenty most active Voodoo practitioners in the United States, Priestess Mambo Sallie Ann Glassman is known for promoting positive thoughts through her Voodoo faith. She is also an historian on Voodoo tradition and its roots in Hatian Vodun.

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 24th, St. John’s Day.

 

OFFICIAL SALLIE ANN GLASSMAN

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No. 3: 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).

Voodoo - Priestess Miriam Chamani (CD recorded at the Voodoo Spiritual Temple) 2004 (Jose Suescun Music Distribution www.mambitorecords.com)

 


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.

OFFICIAL PRIESTESS MIRIAM CHAMANI WEB SITE: www.voodoospiritualtemple.org



No. 4: Ava Kay Jones

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.

OFFICIAL AVA KAY JONES WEBSITE: www. yorubapriestess.tripod.com

Video : New Orleans Voodoo from the Inside

 Starring: Priestess Ava Kay Jones Director: Priestess Ava Kay Jones Rating



No. 5: Chief Sharon Caulder


Called to her spiritual path in her mid-40’s, Dr. Sharon Caulder undertook a journey of exploration and transcendence to her ancestral homeland, the West African country of Benin, called the birthplace of the Vodoun religion. There Dr. Caulder encountered the Supreme Chief of Voodoo on the African continent, Chief Daagbo Hounan Houna, who agreed to tutor her in the spiritual traditions of Vodoun. Initiated as a Vodoun Chief, Caulder returned to America to spread the message of Vodoun as the one true religion of Africa and a faith for all people. Chief Sharon Caulder settled in New Orleans where she owns and operates Chez Vodoun, a spiritual oasis in the heart of a City in need of healing.






No. 6: Samantha (Kaye) Corfield



Samantha (Kaye) Corfield was born in New Orleans amid a family tradition of voodoo, hoodoo and mountain magic. Although baptized a practicing Catholic, Samantha was surrounded by root work, herbal potions, and folk magic spells throughout her childhood and youth. Samantha is an “oracle” among her family, having inherited the mystical tradition from the spiritual leader of her family; she is also an ordained Reverend of the Universal Life Church and an initiated Haitian Voodoo Mambo. Samantha claims to have been initiated into the unique witchcraft tradition of New Orleans by the late Oneida Toups; she also practices Santeria and is a High Ceremonial Magician in the O.T.O.
Samantha draws on all these traditions to enlighten her devotees and serve her clients. Her positive commitment to spiritual truth and her popularity among locals has made her one of the most enduring figures in New Orleans voodoo.

OFFICIAL WEB SITE FOR SAMANTA KAYE: www.spellmaker.com/truth.htm



No. 7: Scully Elly Maistros



Scully Elly Maistros is a world famous Vodou practitioner and a Haitian Hounzi Kanzo initiate. She has enjoyed exceptional exposure through her “voodoo joint” – really a botanica and spiritual oasis located in the popular Louie’s Juke Joint – where she has guided everyone from the experienced practitioner to the curious novice. Elly is a dedicated and respected Vodoun who has made important contributions to the practice and understanding of New Orleans Voodoo; she is an expert in the use of herbs and roots with an extensive knowledge of obscure naturopathic applications. In this regard she is New Orleans’ leading Grune Hexe, or “hedge witch.”

SCULLY ELLY
New Orleans Works in Exile
Hurricane Inspired Sacred Vodou Folk Art
http://www.thejukejoint.com/scelneworwoi.html

World famous Vodou practioner and Hatian Hounzi-Kanzo initiate, Scully Elly, presents for you here the only full online voodoo botanical on the net.

OFFICIAL WEB SITE FOR SCULLYE ELLY MAISTROS: www.thejukejoint.com/sculelvoodjo.html


No. 8: “Bloody” Mary Millan


“Born and raised as a ‘Delta Babe’ and grown to become known as the ‘Cultural Diva’ … and more specifically the ‘Poet Priestess of the Spirit of New Orleans’,” Mary Millan, known as “Bloody Mary” to all, claims to be a true spokeswoman for her hometown. She was born on the bayou and raised in the Crescent City, inheriting a strong spiritual tradition of clairvoyance and healing from her family. Mary has been visited by spirits all her life and as an adult she has channeled these spiritual powers into her work in vodoun and magick. A popular local historian and tour guide, Bloody Mary has been instrumental in educating the wider public about the unique “gumbo” that is the city of New Orleans.

Member of
Southern Order of Storytellers
Louisiana Folklore Society
C.G. Jung Society
Friends of New Orleans Cemeteries
New Orleans Convention Visitors Bureau

OFFICIAL WEB SITE FOR BLOODY MARY www.bloodymarystours.com


No. 9: 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.

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF VOODOO QUEEN MARIE LAVEAU ...

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.

OFFICIAL WEB SITE Rev. Mother Severina Karuna Mayi Singh www.neworleansvoodoocrossroads.com

No. 10: Momma Alice



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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My Dog The Professional Ghost Hunter: The Oatman Hotel Ghost
HAUNTED HOLY WORKS OF ART
HOW TO BECOME A REAL GHOST HUNTER
Spectrophobia: The Real Fear Of Ghost
The Honey Island Swamp Monster, Bigfoots Southern Cousin
Real Life Encounter at Cold Harbor Battlefield, Mechanicsville, VA
HAUNTED MISSISSIPPI MOTEL
Cryptids, we have come to know and love!
THE SEARCH FOR THE SCREAMING SKULL
GHOST SHIPS
Ressurection Mary
VOODOO HOLIDAY HOODOO
The Nature of Hauntings
IS THERE SUCH A THING AS A REAL HAUNTED BOOK?
REAL HAUNTED DOLL: A haunted doll story
New Orleans Mardi Gras Voodoo Hoodoo
Haunting in North Highlands, Sacramento Paranormal Society
Ghost Mining: Investigating a Haunted Hotel
Delphine Lalaurie
A Haunting in Jackson, California
Orb Photos at Huguenot Cemetery St. Augustine, Florida
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California Cemetery Ghost Photos by Sean Mallett
St. Louis Cathedral Hauntings, NEW ORLEANS Haunted History
AMERICA'S TOP TEN GHOSTS IN VIDEOS
El Chupacabra in the news
VOICES OF THE DEAD: EVPS TO LISTEN TO!
THE HOPE DIAMOND: And Other Cursed Gems
DELPHINE LALAURIE HAUNTED PORTRAIT
HAUNTED BY THE TOUCH OF AN ARTISAN SOUL
HAUNTED PAINTINGS
SEEING THE DEAD ON TELEVISION TRANSCOMMUNICATION (ITC) EVP'S
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