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Why New Orleans Needs Voodoo More Than Ever

voodoo on the bayou!

BAYOU HEADWASHING
HONORING THE POWERFUL
MARIE LAVEAU

Story by D. Theard, with A. Pustanio. Photos by J. Richard, Artwork by Ricardo Pustanio © 2006.

 

If you are visiting New Orleans in the hazy month of June, do not miss this opportunity to experience this authentic voodoo ritual hosted by one of the most powerful practitioners of the religion in the South!

Calling the Spirit to the Bayou St. John Cerimony Voodoo ritual.


HONORING THE POWERFUL MARIE LAVEAU

Mambo Sallie Ann Glassman and La Source Ancienne Ounfo held the annual St. John’s Day headwashing ceremony to honor famed Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau and to ask her aid in protecting her most beloved city as hurricane season 2006 dawns.

Pictured from LtoR, Writer for Haunted america Tours Alyne Pustanio, Mambo Sallie Ann Glassman, and Artist For The Krewe Of Mid City Parade, Ricardo Pustanio

Pictured from L toR, Staff Managing Editor for Haunted America Tours Alyne Pustanio, Mambo Sallie Ann Glassman, and Well Known New Orleans Mardi Gras Artist For The Krewe Of Mid City Parade, Ricardo Pustanio.

An offering of his own brand of Voodoo Art being presented to Sallie Ann Glassman for her Achade Meadows Peristyle, Marie Laveau Art By Ricardo Pustanio and Alyne Pustaion of Haunted america Tours. The Krewe Of Mid City Parade which is housed in the Mardi Gras Den in Mid City was heavily devistated by Hurricane Katrina. Pustanio's 2006 Mardi Gras Parade Parade sat under 8 feet of water. KREWE OF MID-CITY NEW ORLEANS MARDI-GRAS PARADE www.kreweofmidcity.com or Visit OFFICIAL KREWE OF MID CITY PARADE KREWE WEBSITE www.kreweofmid-city.org to see his "Fantastic Foil Creations".


Held as always on the shores of Bayou St. John, this year’s ritual was perhaps more poignant than ever before; in the wake of the devastation and destruction of Hurricane Katrina many are seeking hope and answers in places they never sought to look before.

SciFi  Cameaman Bruce films Voodoo Head Washing of Sci fi investigates ownDeborah (Debbie) Dobrydney at  the New Orleans annual Marie Laveau ritual.

Deborah (Debbie) Dobrydney is a 24-year-old native of Milford, Conn. Dobrydney has been employed as a technician in the identification bureau (Crime Scene/Forensic Unit) of a municipal police department in Connecticut since 2002. She holds two undergraduate degrees — a B.S. in psychology and a B.A. in Spanish studies — from Fordham University in Bronx, N.Y. Here She Gets her Voodoo Headwashing ( Voodoo Baptism) by Sallie ann Glassman.

She finds her degree in psychology to be especially useful in her line of work, as investigating interpersonal crime often requires a detailed personality analysis. Dobrydney recently graduated from the University of New Haven's Masters of Science program in national security and public safety with a 4.0 GPA.


A large crowd attended this year’s ritual, including many members of the national media. Representatives of NBC, the Sci Fi Channes Sci Fi Investigates, and 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.

OFFERINGS TO MARIE LAVEAU


Offerings to Marie Laveau.

The Marie Laveau Artwork above was an offering to Marie Laveau, the actual Piece By artist Ricardo Pustanio was under 20 feet of water in a devastated hurricane Katrina Lakeview neighborhood. Reese Smith who the piece belonged to was featured in last years ritual article A MIDSUMMER CELEBRATION IN HONOR OF MADAME MARIE LAVEAU http://www.hauntedamericatours.com/voodoo/marielaveauritual/.

Marie Celeste Brings her Monkey and Cock Offering to the altar Of Marie Laveau. Her Last wish is for a safe year ahead.

Mid City Resident Marie Celeste bringing her Special Monkey and Cock offering to the altar of Marie Laveau.

A tiered altar is set up against the railing on one side of the old foot bridge that has for years crossed the Bayou in front of Cabrini High School. The altar is decorated with candles, flowers, incense, food offerings and other items; a worn and obviously much-loved statue of Marie Laveau stands proudly on the highest tier. By the end of the ceremony, the statue will be almost entirely obscured by offerings too numerous to name, placed there by devotees of Voodoo and of the woman who made this island religion – and her hometown of New Orleans – famous for generations.

 

In the Mid-City, Esplanade Ridge and Lakeview neighborhoods surrounding Bayou St. John the extent of Katrina’s destruction is still painfully evident. Many businesses that have been around for generations, cornerstones of the New Orleans way of life, will never reopen, their fronts standing boarded up and dark. Many homes will never be rebuilt; still others are in desperate straits.

Monkey and Cock Offering on the altar to Marie Laveau.

Monkey and Cock offering and stones and mud from the hurricane Katrina Levee breech. All mixes with many offerings to Marie Laveau



But on this June night there was a buzz of energy in the air, and as the sun set over the languid bayou waters, glowing red beyond the tree line of beloved City Park, there was reason to hope for renewal and rebirth.

Mambo Sallie Ann said as much as the ceremony commenced, stating that the Ounfo would take offerings brought to Marie Laveau at this year’s ceremony to the places where the levees and floodwalls had failed so miserably to protect the city. There the offerings would be left to appease the angry spirit that was Katrina and to invoke the aid of one of New Orleans’ most powerful protectors, the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. This night, Mambo announced, all were invited to leave offerings and also to take as mementoes stones that had been gathered from the broken levees. These pieces, washed in the deluge of Hurricane Katrina, were now in turn powerful talismans against harm from future devastation.

 

Harriet Cross A resident of Metarie Louisiana Gets Her Head Washed By Mambo Sallie Ann Glassman.



The headwashing ritual of this ceremony was particularly important, washing away the fear and the pain and the loss brought on by last year’s horrific storm. Offerings of food and the remainder of the head wash were thrown into the Bayou at the end of the ritual in an effort to recharge nature with the power brought on by the intervention of Madame Marie.

The Ritual ends with Sallie Ann Glassman in a trance. Sally Ann Glassman possessed by the spirit of Marie Laveau

Mambo Sallie Ann Glassman became Possessed by the Spirit of Marie Laveau. the possession was filmed by the Sci Fi Investigates team, featuring Deborah (Debbie) Dobrydney, Rob Mariano is known to millions as "Boston Rob, Dr. Bill Doleman and Richard Dolan. >Please visit their web site here<

SALLIE ANN GLASSMAN WAS VOTED AS ONE OF THE TOP TEN MOST POWERFUL NEW ORLEANS VOODOO PRIESTESSES The following phenomenal women were chosen by our readers as the Top Ten Most Powerful Voodoo Priestesses in New Orleans 2006 - MORE HERE!

ALSO VOTED AS ONE OF TOP TEN MOST POWERFUL NEW ORLEANS VOODOO RITUALS Voodoo rituals are a part of everyday life in New Orleans. When asked, locals can recall having witnessed or participated in any number of voodoo and vodoun-inspired rituals in their lifetime. Now Haunted New Orleans Tours present the Top Ten Most Powerful Voodoo Rituals as chosen by our New Orleans readers! MORE HERE.

Some women who had arrived earlier that evening appearing prim and proper were now caught up in the drumming and the dancing: it was clear to even the most casual observer that there was truly a spirit present among these devotees.

Ritual drumming enticed everyone to dance with happy abandon in the twilight of the New Orleans summer evening and suddenly all stopped as Mambo Sallie Ann was overcome with the power of the Loas. Falling momentarily under their spell, Mambo awoke with messages from the world of spirit about owning our power and taking responsibility for our actions to avert another catastrophe.

 

Ghost Sighiting
In the strangeness of the night, at least one ghost sighting was reported: a local pointed out across the Bayou in the direction of the Pitot House and those with her could plainly see a misty apparition standing near the shore. Witnessed by at least three people, this was reportedly the ghost of Jose Planas, the powerful King of the French Market who is said to haunt the shores of Bayou St. John. Significantly, some of his descendants were present at the ritual, although none of them were fortunate enough to see the phantom. Still, it was taken as a sign that plainly New Orleans is on the right path and has the power and support of its ancestors behind it.

The City in the Sea

Lo! Death has reared himself a throne
In a strange city lying alone
Far down within the dim West,
Where the good and the bad and the worst and the best
Have gone to their eternal rest.
There shrines and palaces and towers
(Time-eaten towers that tremble not!)
Resemble nothing that is ours.
Around, by lifting winds forgot,
Resignedly beneath the sky
The melancholy waters lie.

No rays from the holy heaven come down
On the long night-time of that town;
But light from out the lurid sea
Streams up the turrets silently –
Gleams up the pinnacles far and free –
Up domes – up spires – up kingly halls –
Up fanes – up Babylon-like walls –
Up shadowy long-forgotten bowers
Of sculptured ivy and stone flowers –
Up many and many a marvelous shrine
Whose wreathed friezes intertwine
The viol, the violet, and the vine.

Resignedly beneath the sky
The melancholy waters lie.
So blend the turrets and shadows there
That all seem pendulous in air,
While from a proud tower in the town
Death looks gigantically down.

There open fanes and gaping graves
Yawn level with the luminous waves;
But not the riches there that lie
In each idol’s diamond eye –
Not the gaily-jewelled dead
Tempt the waters from their bed;
For no ripples curl, alas!
Along that wilderness of glass –
No swellings tell that winds may be
Upon some far-off happier sea –
No heavings hint that winds have been
On seas less hideously serene.

But lo, a stir is in the air!
The wave – there is a movement there!
As if the towers had thrust aside,
In slightly sinking, the dull tide –
As if their tops had feebly given
A void within the filmy Heaven.
The waves have now a redder glow –
The hours are breathing faint and low –
And when, amid no earthly moans,
Down, down that town shall settle hence,
Hell, rising from a thousand thrones,
Shall do it reverence.

~ Edgar Allen Poe

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