I recently saw two videos from Ms. Odette, a Haitian Mambo who runs Ms. Odette’s Spiritual Supplies and Services. She has a strong presence on YouTube and has consistently managed to explain Vodou in a way that makes sense the uninitiated while remaining true and faithful to what Vodou really is. In the first of the two videos she expresses her indignation at the police in Milford, Delaware and how they were handling the situation regarding a stolen smart phone. In the follow-up we see that her Voodoo worked – the police officer was apparently fired and his wife apparently suspended from her work. The smart phone was returned by the thief as well. I am posting these as real-life examples of how powerful Vodou is and what types of things it can bring for those who are faithful to the Lwa.
“In Boynton Beach I was going to call for the job of the supervisor of the Boynton Beach Police Department. I was going to call the board. I was going to call for his Job. Before I could even contact an advocate, before I could contact an attonrey or a lawyer, before I contacted the Attorney General, I consulted with the spirits because that’s who I am. And I can’t tell you how many times in my life the spirits have saved me and protected me. And so I sent a spirit. A spirit of confusion to this man. I sent him a spirit of confusion. And I had called Haiti on him, just like I did Nick. And I called Haiti on him. And I sent a spirit to his home.
You can look it up on the internet. He went home drunk. His wife, who is also a Boynton Beach Police Officer, she called the police. She was suspended. Probably with pay, which is just like a vacation. Nevertheless he was fired. So he lost his job anyway. He lost his job. And by the same measure that he judged me, he was judged even harder in the public’s eye. In his colleague’s eye. He was totally ruined in ways that I could never have done. No matter who I called.”
I looked up incidents similar to what Ms. Odette had reported. They are confirmed in the mainstream media.
This is a powerful example of what Vodou can do. In this case Ms. Odette used it powerfully not just to bring justice for the wrongs committed against her and her family, but also to stop the evil acts of a corrupted authority.
I was just sent an article today called “Did Someone Steal My Ex With a Love Spell?” by a Houngan who I met once in a trip to Louisiana. As Houngans we frequently have people who come to us and tell us that they are cursed, or that they are having difficulties with their romantic partner because someone has used a spell or juju on them. A lot of the time it does not turn out to be true, but often it does. You can never rule out a situation where someone is afraid and they come to you in sincerity asking for this type of a curse to be lifted. The very best and most relieving news that you can give to a person is after doing a psychic reading and telling them that there is no curse. That they are free and that their romantic difficulties are just the result of life. But that isn’t always the case.
Many people, especially those who live in places like Louisiana, or even New York, where the practice of Vodou is widespread do come under frequent spiritual attack. The more spiritual a person is the more likely they are to be involved with other spiritual people. And this means there can always be one jealous or evil person in the Vodou community – the Honfour – who wants to do you evil. Houngan Bijou wrote a really good article to help people determine if they got their ex Vodou-ed away or if they are just down on their romantic luck. It is definitely worth a read.
When Tara Umm Omar was a young bride in her first marriage, she and her Moroccan husband took into their home the youngest sister of a family friend. On the day the young Moroccan woman arrived, she gave Umm Omar a doll, which Umm Omar promptly placed in a dresser drawer.
When Umm Omar told a friend of the doll, the friend suspected it was an item for black magic and suggested the doll be destroyed. Instead, Umm Omar tossed it in the garbage. That’s when household items disappeared, the family dog barked incessantly, Umm Omar started fighting with her husband and she began seeing strange insects in the house. When the guest finally moved out, the couple found their bed sheets and an identical doll to Umm Omar’s among the woman’s discarded belongings.
This is a case that is all too common. I am contacted every day with requests on how to properly destroy a Vodou doll or a break a curse placed by a jealous wife or lover. In the majority of cases where it is not the actual wife or husband placing a curse, it is a close family friend just as in this article. If events take a sudden turn for the negative after receiving a special “gift” – especially a doll – you should be very wary.
Remember that Vodou is active all over the world. It can be found in Dubai just as easily as Kansas or the heart of Haiti. Many people underestimate the roll of Vodou in “civilized” countries – or those with Islamic leanings – but in reality Vodou may be more widely practiced than any mainstream religion.
The only thing I take exception to is the sensationalistic nature of this article. Vodou is not inherently negative. You can curse people with Vodou. In fact, Vodou can even kill people. But Vodou is much more commonly used for beneficial purposes. It is to heal, to protect, to bring love and to repair families. And most importantly Vodou is to fortify our own spirituality and our relationships with God.
The Inquisitir wrote about the strange case of a 23 year old woman n Vietnam who appeared to age about fifty years overnight:
Did a Vodou curse cause the disfiguration of this woman?
This was three years ago – and turns out to be no hoax. Doctors are calling it a rare medical condition that, thankfully, can be treated:
Doctors say the Vietnamese woman either has lipodystrophy which causes the surface of the skin to disintegrate while skin continues to grow or mastocytosis which causes the presence of too many mast cells.
But is this all there is to the story? It has long been taught in the traditional stories of Vodou in Benin and Haiti that Erzulie, if made jealous or angry, can curse the partners of men who are her devotees. That is, if you are spiritually married to Erzulie but take a wife – this i what can happen to her. The same story is found in the traditions of Mama Wata among the Yoruba.
And many of the “darker” Vodou practitioners, known as Bokurs, advertise curses and hexes that can destroy physical beauty and appearance. This story was first brought to my attention by a friend who contacted me (I have translated from Kreyole because we are doing this blog in English):
I met this woman when she came to our village in Haiti in 2007. She went to three Houngans and wanted a spell to get a visa to live in the United States or in Europe. And she also wanted spells for money. This was of course before the earthquake when everything was going well. She comes from a wealthy family in Vietnam, but she told me she spent a great sum of money to visit Haiti to find someone authentic to cast a spell for her. I was her guide and I took her to three Houngans, including Jean-Baptiste who you know is my Houngan and spiritual father. She promised to pay me and to pay the Houngans that very week when money would be wired to her from Vietnam. After she had visited the last Houngan she disappeared. We assume she went back to Haiti after the work had been done. I do have a good idea of which Houngan it was who did this to her, because he is the only one who does Bokur as well. Jean, I know that you know who I am talking about so no need to mention names. You should post this on your new blog.
Kon Fe – Sam
Thanks Sam for your contribution! To me it is a shame that she took advantage of the Houngans. I don’t endorse that type of revenge as you know but in Vodou that is the way it goes. I suppose she is truly lucky that it did not end up worse in the end.