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A Realistic Prayer About Hurricanes

Every year our Vodou temple holds a public ceremony for Hurricane season. This is considered a community service, a “turning” ceremony asking Ezili Danto to protect our city from storms. 555 more words


Finally, Kanzo

I’ve been mostly silent for the past couple of months. I was scrambling about, finding ways to scrounge up money to pay for and order items needed for Kanzo. 381 more words


Haiti Doesn't Have a Vodou Problem, It Has a Christianity Problem -- EBONY

“If a person is well educated and has the financial means, they will go to a doctor when they get sick. If that same person went to the court to get justice they would not go to the Vodou priest to get revenge. 81 more words


Haitian Zombies and Puffer Fish Poison

Do voodoo priests make “real” zombies using a powder containing tetrodotoxin? The original article I wrote can be found here.

In 1985, ethnobotanist Wade Davis published The Serpent and the Rainbow, a book in which he described his immersion into the world of Haitian culture, voodoo, and specifically the supposed manufacture of “real” zombies. 688 more words

Stories And Book Excerpts

Papa Legba


Papa Legba!

Papa Legba open the gate for me.

Antibon Legba please open the gate.

Legba open the gate for me and

I will thank the lwa when I return.


Ezili Dantò

Haiti is the second oldest independent republic in the Western hemisphere, but the social and economic contrasts between it and the hemisphere’s oldest republic, the United States, are staggering. 2,455 more words