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New Orleans is known for its ghost stories, and in the midst of the French Quarter is a Creole style mansion on Royal and Governor Nichol’s Streets that draws a lot of attention. It was once the home of Dr. Lalaurie and his wife Delphine. Katherine Smith, a New Orleans historian and tour guide for Haunted History Tours, documents the tale in Journey into Darkness: Ghosts and Vampires of New Orleans.
Delphine was a reputedly beautiful woman with long, black hair, and she and her husband were renowned for their extravagant parties. They had many slaves and seemed a respectable pair, but little did townspeople know what Madame Lalaurie did to make her slaves submissive. She Canada Goose Outlet had already been in court over charges of brutality, and on one occasion after complaints of abuse, several slaves had been removed from the home, but few people would speak out against this couple, so they were never arrested. Not even after a young girl jumped to her death from the second floor to escape her harsh mistress. Then one night in 1834, a fire brought a volunteer fire brigade to the home and the Lalauries’ gruesome secrets were discovered.
As they put out the flames, they could smell the stench of death, so they broke into a locked attic room to find a truly disgusting scene. According to several canada goose outlet toronto factory accounts, dead slaves were chained to the walls, but some were still alive and housed in cages, starved or maimed by medical canada goose deals experiments. One man had been surgically transformed into a woman, and a woman’s arm and leg bones had been broken and reset at odd angles. Another woman’s skin had been peeled off, while the lips of a third were sewn shut. A few had been dissected, canada goose black friday sale with their organs still exposed. Scattered around the room were pails full of body parts, organs, and severed heads.
Smith indicates that this building soon became known as “Haunted House,” and people avoided it. Although it is a beautiful residence in a desirable location, it sat vacant for forty years. Then several successive owners reported such canada goose coats problems that 2018 canada goose outlet it again sat vacant for a time. Stories include sightings of a large male in chains, a woman who shouts in French and carries a whip, pictures inside thrown from the walls, cameras not working, and furniture that moved around on its own. The current owner is aware of the tourists who Canada Goose Online come to see it, but requests privacy.
Among American cities, New Orleans may hold the record for hauntings, but others vie with it for that distinction. Savannah, Georgia is one of them. Segregation minimized the number of bi lingual African Americans (those who spoke basilect and fluent acrolect), and at the same time minimized the number of whites who could translate basilect well enough to discover Voodoo in the spoken, sung, or written words of middle class, working class or working poor African Americans. In isolated African American communities, such as the Georgia Sea Islands or in the Mississippi Delta, Voodoo lore could be freely referenced and practices, at least the more subtle ones, were more public.
Many popular songs of the Delta Blues tradition (circa 1900 to 1941) referenced voodoo or its derivitive Hoodoo explicitly. Robert Johnson sang of “hot foot powder sprinkled all round my door” and Muddy Water(s) referenced “the gypsy woman”, “seventh son”, and the “mojo hand”.
Scholars debate the variations of Voodoo, how they have survived, how much they have changed, and to what extent Christianity in general or Catholicism in particular were used as covers to enable the survival of Voodoo. A common saying is canada goose clearance sale that Haiti is 80% Roman Catholic, 20% Protestant, and 100% Vodou. Thus the Catholic contribution to Haitian Vodou is quite noticeable.
However, in the United States the story may be a little different, depending upon which scholarship you read. Some scholars believe confusion about Voodoo in the USA arises because there is a widespread system of African American folk belief and practice known as Hudu or more popularly as hoodoo. The similarity of the words hoodoo and Voodoo notwithstanding, hoodoo may have tenuous connections to organized religion like Vodou, but hoodoo may be an integral part of the Vodoun religion in West Africa and arguably throughout all of Africa. Some aspects of hoodoo may be derived primarily from Congo and Angolan practices of Central Africa, and may retain elements of the traditions and practices that arose among Bantu language speakers.
Today, possibly due to the suppression of the Voodoo buy canada goose jacket and Hoodoo traditions and Vodoun religion in the United States, most hoodoo ‘root workers’ are members of African American Protestant churches, but when hoodoo is compared to some of the African religions in the diaspora, the closest parallel is Cuban Palo, a survival of Congo religious beliefs.
In summary, Haitian Vudou is derived from West African religious traditions and was retained in modified form by enslaved Africans in the Caribbean who were captive in a mostly Catholic population. However, in the USA the Vodoun religion is derived from largely the Ewe and other West Buy zithromax 1 gram oral packet canada goose clearance and central African buy canada goose jacket cheap groups
Public relations wise, Vodou has come to be associated in the popular mind with such phenomena as “zombies” and “voodoo dolls.” While there is evidence of zombie creation, it is a minor phenomenon within rural Haitian culture and not a part of the Vodou religion as such. Such things fall under the auspices of the bokor or sorcerer rather than the priest of the Lwa.
The practice of sticking pins in dolls has history in European folk magic, but its exact origins are unclear. How it Canada Goose Parka became known as a method of cursing an individual by some followers of what has come to be called New Orleans Voodoo, which is a local variant of hoodoo, is a mystery. Some speculate that it was used as a means of self defense Canada Goose online to intimidate superstitious slave owners. This practice is not unique to New Orleans voodoo, however, and has as much basis in European based magical devices such as the poppet and the nkisi or bocio of West and Central Africa. These are in fact power objects, what in Haiti would be referred to as pwen, rather than magical surrogates for an intended target of sorcery whether for boon or for bane. Such voodoo dolls are not a feature of Haitian religion, although dolls intended for tourists may be found in the Iron Market in Port au Prince. The practice became closely associated with the Vodou religions in the public mind through the vehicle of horror movies and popular novels.
There is a practice in Haiti of nailing crude poppets with a discarded shoe on trees near the cemetery to act as messengers to the otherworld, which is very different in function from how poppets are portrayed as being used by voodoo worshippers in popular media and imagination, ie. for purposes of sympathetic magic towards another person. Another use of dolls in authentic Vodou canada goose practice is the incorporation of plastic doll babies in altars and objects used to represent or honor the spirits, or in pwen, which recalls the aforementioned use of bocio and nkisi figures in Africa.
Although Voodoo is often associated with Satanism, Satan is purely an Abrahamic belief and has not been incorporated in Voodoo tradition. When Mississippi Delta folk songs mix references to Voodoo and to Satan, what is being expressed is social pain such as from racism, which is couched in Christian terms and blamed on the devil. Those who practice voodoo do not worship or invoke the blessings of a devil.
INTRODUCTION TO VOODOO IN HAITI
First and foremost Voodoo is a religion. It is canadian goose jacket the dominant religion of Haiti. Many of the practices and descriptions of Voodoo belief may sound to us like rank superstition, but then, imagine the beliefs of Christianity to people who know nothing about it. Canada Goose sale Tell them about the trinity or the resurrection, or the presence of Jesus in the eucharist. Any of these practices which very intelligent Christians believe in the fullest would seem no less superstitious to someone unfamiliar with Christianity.
Thus I urge you to recognize that Voodoo is Haiti’s religion, it is taken very seriously not merely by unlettered peasants, but many intelligent and learned members of the Haitian society believe as sincerely in Voodoo as do German theology professors in their Christianity. In no way do I expect you to believe in Voodoo; no more than I would expect you to convert to Islam if I taught a course on that religion. But, please do recognize that it is every bit as real a religion as the major religions of the world.
The most basic concepts of Voodoo. There is one God, Bondye. This God is very similar to the God of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. There is only one God like web .
There are three important categories of other spiritual beings: lwa. These are the various spirits of family members; the spirits of the major forces of the universe good, evil, reproduction, health, all aspects of daily life. lwa interact with the people of earth.
They “mount” people now and again during religious ceremonies and they give messages, and even cause various good and bad things to happen to people.
The twins. A curious and rather mysterious set of forces of contradictories: good and evil, happy and sad etc. If honored now and again in cheap Canada Goose religious services they will tend to help you have the better side of life. The dead. Mainly the souls of one’s own family members who have died but have not yet been “reclaimed” by the family. Ignored family dead are dangerous. Honored and cared for family dead are helpful. The central and key aspect of Voodoo is healing people from illness. Such healing activities probably constitute 60% of all Voodoo activity. Healers heal with herbs, faith healing (with the help of lwa and other spirits) and, today, even with western medicine!
The priesthood of Voodoo contains both men (houngan) and women (mambo). Their functions are: healing. perform religious ceremonies to call or pacify the spirits. to hold initiations for new priests(tesses) (kanzo service and taking the ason). Telling the future and reading dreams. casting spells and creating protections. creating potions for various purposes. (From love spells to death spells.) For any of these they may receive fees. But, they may not too. This differs from one houngan and mambo to another. (Note his is similar to fees paid to rabbis, mullahs, priests and ministers.)
Another central feature of Voodoo is the “service,” the religious rites of the religion https://www.officialcanadagoosesoutlet.ca . These are usually held outside, under a rough roof and around the “poto mitan,” the center pole. A houngan or mambo almost always directs these. Drums are used extensively to provide music and dancing is absolutely essential to the whole service. Services are fully participatory. Not only the houngan and mambo participate but nearly everyone present. A master of ceremonies (La Place) is often present. A hounganikon directs canada goose coats on sale the music and motion. Hounsi (women only) are serving ladies, usually dressed in white. Those in attendance are nearly all participants and most can be “mounted” by lwa. In most services the lwa “mount” people. That is, they come and take over a person’s body for a time. When the lwa come the person is gone. (It’s not clear where the person goes.) The body is the body of the person, but it is really the lwa. If a male lwa mounts a female person, he is referred to as “he,” not she, during the mounting. Nearly every Voodoo service has animal sacrifice. By killing the animal Canada Goose Jackets one releases life. The lwa are exhausted by the taxing task of running the universe. Thus they can receive this life sacrificed to them and are re juvenated. They are usually quite happy about this. There are two primary sorts of Voodoo. Rada. This is a family spirit Voodoo and the Voodoo of the relatively peaceful and happy lwa. Petro. (In some areas called Congo.) This is a black magic Voodoo and the Voodoo of angry, mean and nasty lwa. Dangerous things happen in Petro including death curses, the making of zombi and wild sexual orgies SPECIAL NOTE By virtually all scholarly estimates one can find, Rada accounts for about 95% of Voodoo, if not more. Thus the spectacular tales of black magic, while very real, are extremely limited. Petro is not the typical Voodoo, but it does exist. The analysis of humans. Humans have two spirits and a body. ti bon ange (little good angel). This is similar to the conscience in the Western understanding of people. canada goose outlet store locations gros bon ange (big good angel). This is similar to the soul in Western theories of person, except the soul is much more separate from the person than is a western soul. For example, when the person goes before God for judgment it is the gros bon ange which presents “the person” to God and makes the person’s case. Key terms in Voodoo hounfo the parish or region of a houngan or mambo’s Canada Goose Coats On Sale influence.
govi a small earthen bottle into which the gros bon ange of dead ancestors can “rescued.” After a person dies the gros bon ange goes to the underwater place. A year and a day after he or she goes their the relatives can recall the gros bon ange. Unfortunately this is a very expensive service, requiring a significant animal sacrifice, often an ox. Thus it is often considerable time before the service can be done.