James Duvalier

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Allan Kardec Philospher

Voodoo being true to its syncretic nature, adopted and incorporated the teachings of 19th century French penseur Allan Kardek into its repertoire of beliefs and practices.  Allan Kardec was the penname of Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail the founder of the doctrine of Spiritism, which is followed by many as a religion.  Spiritism teaches that after death, souls remain in a state of limbo in which they must work off their karmic debt in order to free themselves…
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Saint Barbara

Saint Barbara

According to legend, Barbara was a young martyr who lived during the third century AD under the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian, a notorious persecutor of Christians.  Little is known about her life and various accounts place her birth, life and martyrdom in various locations as far apart as Northern Italy and Armenia.  What we do know is that from the very early Middle Ages, there has existed a devotion to this powerful virgin, martyr saint…
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Spiritual Oil Lamp

Spiritual Oil Lamp

Traditionally, practitioners of Voodoo and Santeria would make oil lamps from wicks suspended in oil held inside small ceramic basins, metal cauldrons, hollowed out coconuts and pumpkins.  Different herbs and other ingredients were also added depending of which saint of spirit was being invoked and the purpose of the oil lamp. This particular spiritual oil lamp was made to invoke the help of Ochun, Our Lady of Charity, to bring luck and financial blessings.  We also made…
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Maman Brigitte

Maman Brigitte

Below are some statistics on Brigitte and I would be happy to perform a service to this powerful Queen on the Spirit World on your behalf for teach you to perform one at home.  She is extremely powerful and showers blessings and protections on those who are devoted to her. Origins: Haiti.  She is the Haitian manifestation of the Celtic goddess Brigid brought to Haiti by indentured servants from Ireland and Scotland in the 1700’s-1800’s. Offerings: Tobacco,…
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Papa Legba

Saint Peter holding the keys to the kingdom.

Legba is one of the original lwa of the Rada family brought to Haiti during colonial times and subsequently to New Orleans by refugees fleeing the Haitian Revolution.  He is the gate keeper.  The spirit to which one must appeal at the beginning and end of every major Voodoo service to open and close the gates of communication to the spirit world.  Due to his role as gate keeper, Legba is associated with St. Peter of the…
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