Monday, February 3, 2014
New Orleans Voodoo From Inside
This is a good documentary that shows that New Orleans Voodoo is bull shit. You will see for yourself it's just a bunch of nonsense. I have pointed out some things below.
1. Note how the priestesses dress. They dress like drag queens, very showy and theatrical.
2. Note the wild dancing. It's just all over the place. Note the incessant need to dance with snakes.
3. Note that they try to use the book, Voodoo & Hoodoo by Jim Haskins. Haskins did NOT want Voodoo in the title. The publisher made him put it there and the book is about hoodoo, not Voodoo!
4. Note the stupid "Voodoo at the grocery store" crap. The people who made this film must not travel far out of New Orleans. I live in Oklahoma. Since I was a kid almost every single grocery store carried saint novena candles, plain color 7 day candles, and a small selection of silkscreen print candles. Florida water and other items, sometimes even statues of the saints were offered for sale as well. This is not uncommon in the South and is very common in places with a large Hispanic community, such as Oklahoma. I just find it hilarious that they think that having these candles for sale in a grocery store represents "Voodoo".
5. Note that "Chicken man" was a performer. He claimed to be Voodoo but he put on shows. He claims what he did was Voodoo. It was obvious that he was doing hoodoo with a lot of bull shit added to it.
6. Ava Kay Jones is initiated into IFA, the mother religion of Santeria and like religions. I know she is initiated in IFA. I can't vouch for her claims of being initiated into "Voodoo". I seriously doubt she was initiated into Haitian Voodoo, just because I don't see anthing "Haitian" about her practice. All of her Voodoo-stuff screams made-up New Orleans Voodoo crap.
7. Note the woman who's title reads, "Omo Orisha", with the translation given as, "Child of the Orisha". LOL We are all children of the Orisha in Yoruba-based religions. People don't go around calling themself, "Omo Orisha". Instead, if their guardian Orisha is say Oshun, then they would say, "Omo Oshun" (Child of Oshun). If their guardian Orisha was Eshu then they wold say, "Omo Eshu", etc. Her title is very fishy and makes me think she might be a fake.
8. The priest guy sounds like Obama! LOL
9. Note that the magic they are doing is hoodoo that they claim is "Voodoo".
I hope watching the documentary makes it clear to people that New Orleans Voodoo is a joke. Don't get me wrong. When I'm in New Orleans I would pay visit to "Voodoo Museums" and shops. To me it's entertainment. However, please, please, please do not ever allow yourself to begin to believe that it's a genuine tradition.