I have a new challenge for everyone, and is open to everyone and is a life long endeavor. Its called the Research-my-ingredients-and-not-accidentally-create-mustard-gas challenge. To do this fun challenge simply never mix ammonia and bleach (or bleach and vinegar) and always research the plants and substances you use in your craft. Not just for correspondence but also for things like is it poison? Is it caustic? Is it an irritant that could harm me? By doing this you not only promote safe casting but also get to live a long (barring other factors) life without being horribly scarred or blinded in an accident that could have been prevented by a simple Google search. I tag everybody!
“Established in the late 1700s, this is the oldest cemetery in New Orleans is St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. It’s located above ground because New Orleans is situated below sea level. In earlier cemeteries, flooding had caused a problem for its inhabitants."
Because there’s so much more to learn and discuss!
Every year, and justifiably so, the Jewish Holocaust is chronicled in new books, movies, symposiums, college classes, and documentaries. There are stories yet to be told. I welcome it!
Yet, and still, many people sigh and reject any conversation about the history of the enslavement of people of African descent throughout the world.
So many stories, facts and discoveries about slavery of Blacks in America- many fought back during the transatlantic slave trade and when in America, all didn’t subscribe being forced to be Christian, Voodoo was often used to fight against slavery as well as fused in the forced and new religion of their masters, many escaped and came back to free loved ones, there were maroons (escaped slaves living free in the woods or mountains) in the United States, freed blacks, and so much more .
Aje – West African Goddess of Wealth. As ruler of wealth in all its forms, Aje is widely worshipped. Known mainly through Yoruban and Voudoun traditions, She is sometimes depicted as a fowl scratching at the dirt. She is cool and calm, patiently guiding those in need of material prosperity. Capitalism, profit, and business all fall under Her rule.
In Haitian Vodou, the Guédé (also spelled Gede or Ghede, pronounced [ɡede] in Haitian Creole) are the family of spirits that embody the powers of death and fertility. Guédé spirits include Ghede Masaka, Guédé Nibo, Guédé Plumaj, Guédé Ti Malis, and Guédé Zaranye. All are known for the drum rhythm and dance called the “banda”. In possession, they will drink or rub themselves with a mixture of raw rum or clairin and twenty-one habanero or goat peppers.
Papa Ghede is supposed to be the corpse of the first man who ever died. He is recognized as a short, dark man with a high hat on his head, a cigar in his mouth, and an apple in his left hand. Papa Ghede is a psychopomp who waits at the crossroads to take souls into the afterlife. He is considered the good counterpart to Baron Samedi. If a child is dying, Papa Ghede is prayed to. It is believed that he will not take a life before its time, and that he will protect the little ones. Papa Ghede has a very crass sense of humor, a divine ability to read others’ minds, and the ability to know everything that happens in the worlds of the living and the dead.
Brave Ghede is the guardian of the graveyard. He keeps the dead souls in and the living souls out.
Ghede Bábáco is supposedly Papa Ghede’s less known brother and is also a psychopomp. His role is somewhat similar to that of Papa Ghede, but he doesn’t have the special abilities of his brother.
Ghede Nibo is a psychopomp, an intermediary between the living and the dead. He gives voice to the dead spirits that have not been reclaimed from “below the waters”.
Ghede Masaka assists Ghede Nibo. He is an androgynous or transgendered male gravedigger and spirit of the dead, recognized by his black shirt, white jacket, and white headscarf. Ghede Masaka carries a bag containing poisonous leaves and an umbilical cord. Ghede Masaka is sometimes depicted as the companion of Ghede Oussou. Both are bisexual.
Ghede Oussou wears a black or mauve jacket marked on the back with a white cross and a black or mauve headscarf. His name means “tipsy” due to his love of white rum. Ghede Oussou is sometimes also linked with the female Ghede L'Oraille.
There are more descendants of Africans who speak Spanish or Portuguese than English.
Brazil has the largest population of Blacks in the world second ONLY to Nigeria!
The Caribbean was often a stop in the transatlantic slave trade to “break” the African before being sold to the Americas.
Haiti was the first BLACK independent nation in the Western Hemisphere , defeating Napoleon and others from France, with the power of Voudon (Voodoo). As a result, Haiti ,was punished by all of Europe through tariffs, taxes and other ways!
I have always been fascinated by crop circles. Many will disagree, but, I believe that we have regularly communicated with other benevolent and malevolent beings from “elsewhere”.
What is fascinating is that this crop circle features what looks to me like a Veve…ancient Yoruba priests have used the principle of opening doorways to communicate with “helpers” from the beyond utilizing such symbols/tools. It pleases me to know that they speak To us in soo many more languages than we can imagine…
Allegations of Voodoo and human sacrifice in the Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case (Mobile Register 1870)
During the Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case of 1870, the rumor circulated that Voodoo practitioners had abducted Mollie Digby for use as a ceremonial human sacrifice. The rumor tapped into white New Orleanians’ longstanding fear of Voodoo priests and priestesses. Before the Civil War, government officials worried that Voodoo leaders such as Marie Laveau and her daughter Marie the Second could incite slave revolts. Their presence destabilized the racial status quo that had bolstered slave society.
After Appomattox, Voodoo men and women took advantage of freedom that came with Reconstruction to practice their religion openly. Although Voodoo practitioners considered themselves to be Catholics, many frightened white residents saw the postwar Voodoo renaissance as yet another example of impending social chaos. White reactionaries, vowing to fight the “Africanization” of the city, used sensationalized accounts of Voodoo rituals to malign black culture and to portray black people as unfit to vote or govern. White editors demanded that Voodoo priests and priestesses “be closely observed by the police to prevent the intolerable excesses to which their ignorance and fanaticism lead.” For many of the city’s white residents, the Digby rumors confirmed those fears. During Reconstruction, one commentator warned, black people had “passed so much out of, and beyond the influence of white civilization” that “Voudouism” was flourishing. “It is horrible to think,” he added, “that the little child of Mr. Digby has been sacrificed to this savage superstition.”
As the hysteria grew, one editor after another demanded that what became known as “The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case” be solved.