November 22nd, 2011 | No Comments »

European News Daily recently released an excerpt from their publication in a press release regarding Vodou, specifically the African Vodou practiced by Tata Dongo Remi of AfricanMagick.com. He is one of the Top 10 Vodou Priests that we have reviewed above.

European News Daily Interview – Is Voodoo Real? A Second Look at Mr. Dongo Remi of AfricanMagick.com

On November 4, European News Daily interviewed Mr. Dongo Remi, psychic and African healer in Brussels, Belgium. Many readers called and wrote to ask more about Mr. Remi, the practice of Voodoo and what exactly he does. European News Daily booked a second interview to get those answers.

Brussels, Belgium, November 18, 2011 –(PR.com)– In a previous interview, European News Daily spoke with Mr. Dongo Remi, a traditional African healer, about the practice of human trafficking and its relation to traditional African religious practices. Mr. Remi explained that although animal sacrifice does take place the idea of human sacrifice is largely myth and superstition.

The interview led to many letters, emails and phone calls asking just what Mr. Remi does. Readers were interested to know about practices in traditional African magic and, particularly, what Mr. Remi does in his shop, African Magick, and related website AfricanMagick.com.

European News Daily contacted Mr. Remi and was able to ask him about the most common questions asked by readers. Here is a partial excerpt from the European News Daily interview.

European News Daily: “What exactly happens in your shop, Mr. Remi?”

Remi: “People come to me with many problems. They come with problems of love. They want their spouse to stop cheating on them. Or they want their girlfriend to come back. Many people have problems with debt and they look for solutions. Other people want me to tell them their future.”

European News Daily: “So then you are a psychic?”

Remi: “Yes and no. I do psychic readings. But they are not my feelings. What I do are ceremonies to consult with my ancestors. With the Orishas.”

European News Daily: “When people ask you to help them with, as you said, a problem of love, what do you do?”

Remi: “If a man or a woman has a problem with love then I will do a ceremony for them. I will use the power of the Orishas, the spirits, to fix their problem.”

European News Daily: “Is this like casting a spell?”

Remi: “Yes, exactly. It is a type of spell.”

European News Daily: “So then you cast love spells for people?”

Remi: “Yes, love spells. I cast spells for many things. To help people with debt. There are spells that can make an enemy leave you alone. People ask me for spells to help them win in football. I have many football teams that ask me for spells.”

European News Daily: “You have footballers that use your spells? Which teams?”

Remi: “All of them. It is mostly the coaches. Coaches from football teams come to me. I have professional coaches and even coaches for small teams.”

Mr. Remi paused for a moment before offering; “I have famous people who come and visit me as well. Before elections I had a member of the Portuguese parliament fly here and see me.”

European News Daily: “You can’t tell us his name though, can you?”

Remi: “No, of course not. I will never tell a name. But this is not uncommon. Many powerful people use magic but they must keep it a secret.”

The idea of spell casting may sound like something out of Harry Potter. But there is another world – a world of religious faith – where spells are as real as prayer. While many seek the Divine by taking the Eucharist others take a stroll down the Boulevard de Jubile in Brussels for the latest votive candle, spiritual oil or ritual blessing. This is the world of Mr. Dongo Remi.

The full interview can be read in the weekly European News Daily publication.

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November 22nd, 2011 | 2 Comments »

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.

Boynton Beach Cop Fired Over Wife Beating Incident (Palm Beach Post)

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.

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November 15th, 2011 | No Comments »

A short excerpt from the Inter Press Service:

Of the 45 [sentenced to death] in Saudi Arabia, most were charged over illegal sexual activity and alleged black magic practices.

 

In Saudi Arabia, black magic is considered “haram” or prohibited. Meanwhile, black magic is a booming business in Indonesia, where people seek the help of witch doctors to address a range of problems, from personal to political.

 

“A lot of times what’s called witchcraft is the remnant of religious magical and healing traditions. In Indonesia, there’s a very rich culture that is ancient that understands the powers of human mind on a very deep level… of people who are healers who you go to in the village if you are sick, who are kind of like the lay psychologists,” Starhawk, a U.S.-based author of numerous books on contemporary earth- based spirituality, told IPS.

 

She argued that the powerful people in Saudi Arabia use the threat of people who practice witchcraft as a way to distract common people from “the real problems… See, here’s these people who are so scary and awful.”

 

“It’s part of a way for a dominant religion to denigrate an indigenous religion,” Sara Amis, an Occupy Atlanta spokeswoman who practices Wicca, told IPS.

 

“My basic opinion is that it’s religious intolerance. The same way I would view someone being put to death for being homosexual – it’s bigotry,” Amis said.

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November 15th, 2011 | No Comments »

I just found a great blog – the Caribbean History Archives – with this fascinating tale: An Obeah Story at Christmas Time. This is a work of literature and very ethnocentric. It definitely does not represent what Obeah is to the tens of thousands of practitioners in the Caribbean and Africa. But it does show a perspective of Obeah from the point of view of a French Roman Catholic Priest in the mid 19th century.

My companion, a genial French Roman Catholic priest, rides a few paces ahead, his bathing towel slung round his neck, and in his mouth a never missing cigarette. An “Obeah bottle” hanging to a mango-tree draws my attention to the subject which interests me so much, and riding up, I ask my companion what he can tell me about the superstitions of the country.

 
“Ah, my dear fellow, I can’t remember half I hear and notice on these ever-present superstitions of the people, but I assure you that it is one of the greatest obstacles I meet with in my work among the parishioners; these foolish but so deeply rooted beliefs of their in the power of Obeah and witchcraft meet me at every turn, and after talking for hours, and trying to prove to them how ridiculous and senseless all these ideas are, I only obtain a seeming acquiescence, and make no lasting impression.
I have tried everything to combat the baneful influence, and endeavoured to make them ashamed of their ignorance and credulity, but with precious little effect. I have even adopted the Japanese custom of punishing a whole street for the misdeeds of one criminal living in it, by refusing the sacraments for a time to a whole family, if a member of it be known to be dabbling in Obeah – all to small purpose.

 
This reminds me that, only the other day, I was riding to see a sick person living on the other side of the parish, when I happened to pass a small wooden house, before which a number of people were congregated, all talking together and evidently much excited in their minds about something inexplicable. On asking what was the matter, I was told that the owner of the house was lying dead, and that he was an Obeah man who had lived quite alone in the place for many years, and that there was consequently no one willing to undertake the job of looking after the corpse and burying it.

 
In fact, no one would go inside the hut at all, as it was affirmed that this his Satanic Majesty was there in person looking after the body of the Obeah man, which now undoubtedly belonged to him.

 
To allay their alarm, I got off my horse, and with the assistance of a couple of men broke open the door and entered the hut. Lying on a wooden stretcher was the body of the unfortunate individual, whose death must have occurred a good many hours before, and the body was in urgent need of burial, so after scolding the people for their cowardice I prevailed on them to see about a coffin and other details as quickly as possible. It was, however, only in evident fear and trembling that any of them would enter the room, and the slightest noise would make them start and look towards the door, in the expectation of seeing le diable en personne coming to claim is property.

 
The dirty little room was littered with the Obeah man’s stock in trade. A number of vials containing some sort of unholy liquor were lying ready to be handed over to some foolish negro in exchange for their weight in silver. In every corner were found the implements of his trade, rags, feathers, bones of cats, parrots’ beaks, dogs’ teeth, broken bottles, grave dirt, rum, and egg-shells. Examining further, we found under the bed a large conarie or earthen jar, containing an immense number of round balls of earth or clay f various dimensions, large and small, whitened on the outside and fearfully and wonderfully compounded. Some seemed to contain hair and rags and were strongly bound round with twine,; others were made with skulls of cats, stuck round with human of dogs’ teeth and glass beads, there were also a lot of egg-shells and numbers of little bags filled with a farrago of rubbish.

 
In a little tin canister I found the most valuable of the sorcerer’s stock, namely, seven bones belonging to a rattlesnake’s tail – these I have known sell for five dollars each, so highly valued are they as amulets or charms – in the same box was about a yard of rope, no doubt intended to be old for hangman’s cord, which is highly prized by the negroes, the owner of a piece being supposed to be able to defy bad luck.

 

Rummaging further, I puled out from under the thatch of the roof an old preserved-salmon tin, the contents of which showed how profitable was the trade of the Obeah man. It was stuffed full of five-dollar bank-notes, besides a number of handsome twenty-dollar gold pieces, the whole amounting to a considerable sum, which I confess I felt very reluctant to seal up and hand over to the Government, the Obeah man not being known to have heirs. I then ordered the people to gather up all the rubbish, which was soon kindled and blazing away merrily in front of the hut, to the evident satisfaction of the bystanders, who could hardly be persuaded to handle the mysterious tools of Obeah.

 
The man, I heard, had a great reputation for sorcery, and I was assured that even persons who would never be suspected of encouraging witchcraft had been known to come from a distance to consult him or purchase some love-spell.

 
The secret of their reputation and frequent success in finding out robberies, which is also a part of their profession, is most likely due to a good memory and a system of cross-questioning all those who come to consult them, and it is also very probable that they possess a knowledge of numerous tricks and deceits handed down to them by their African progenitors, with which they astonish even educated persons and perform wonders which would almost convert one to a belief in magic.”

The common Euro-centric beliefs of African religion being “Satantic” or evil in some fashion are of course reflected in this story. It does not relate the fact that these are the traditions and cultures of a people who not only managed to survive a horrible trans-Atlantic slave trade, but also had culture and civilization that far surpassed that of Europe long before the birth of Jesus Christ.

But even these distortions of African history do shed a bit of light on the practices of Obeah, the beliefs and the feelings of those who held the religion and spirituality dear.

Today we know better. For the most part, Western culture at worst has come to learn that Obeah is a respectable tradition and at best has noticed that it is on par with – or far surpasses – many of the rituals of Roman Catholicism.

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November 15th, 2011 | 1 Comment »

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.

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November 7th, 2011 | No Comments »

We have just received a new Nkisi – or traditional fetish – from the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is an incredible piece that harbors a very powerful spirit, or mpungo, of protection, fortune and sexual prowess. This is one of the most beautiful and well-kept Nkisi that I have seen in my lifetime. If you would like to know more about how Nkisi work, the type of spirit that resides within or any other information please read a bit more about our Nkisi Fetish or navigate above to the Available Talismans section.

I have worked with and seen the spirit that resides within this Nkisi. It is a very powerful spirit of a deceased warrior. This is a spirit that can bring protection, prosperity and the ability to conqueror in all that you do. From a strictly artistic point of view it is incredible in and of itself. Please have a look. You will not be disappointed.

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October 20th, 2011 | 1 Comment »

Stay Out of Jail SpellIn the American South at any Botanica, or Magic Shoppe, you always find an assortment of powders and oils. Some of the more common have names such as “Law Stay Away” or “Win A Court Case.” The intent is, of course, to help people avoid legal trouble and to beat any court case that they are already a part of. This has been an integral part of Vodou and, in the examples above, Hoodoo. In fact it is found all over the world. An example from the English version of Ennahar Onilne:

Do not be surprised if you ever come across a Herz (talisman or amulets), a tuft of hair or pieces of sugar in a court. These are only the remains of some strange rituals practiced by some Algerian women in order to avoid prison for their relatives.

All means are good for the poor mothers who want to avoid the hole for their children, who face prison for a particular crime or offense. As if the lawyer is not enough, they want to increase the chances that their children benefit from the release, return to the heat of the home instead of going rot in a cold cell.

She gives a Harz (talisman) to her son so that he leaves prison in Bab El Oued

Believing firmly that it works, some women resort to all sorts of magic to save their offspring from the tentacles of justice, even the African voodoo if necessary, provided that their beloved sons do not go to jail.

Candle for Beating Court CasesMany may question the ethics behind this. Is it wrong to use Vodou to free a person from the grasp of justice? This central question revolves around the assumption that in a court case it is truly justice that is being served. Recall that in Haiti, Vodou was used to protect black slaves from the justice of their abusive white masters. If they broke a rule, they would be subjected to a trial and punishment often involving the torture of a whip. In the example above, in the prisons of Algeria, it may be safe to assume that we are looking at exactly the same type of justice.

It would not be ethical to use Vodou to free a rapist or murderer. I think we all agree on this. But in countries where the justice system is a complete mockery I sympathize with those who find ways to fight against the odds. Even in countries such as the Untied States, where due process is promised and courts considered reasonably fair, we see new people every day being set free based on DNA evidence –  from death row nonetheless – for crimes they did not commit.

Law Stay Away IncenseIs it fair to use Vodou to win a court case? Every situation has to be evaluated differently. No two are the same. I cannot say for certainty that this is always wrong nor can I say that it is always right.

But one thing is for sure – it does work. If it did not, the police officer in the above example would not have been so quick to arrest the woman for slipping her son a lucky talisman.

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October 20th, 2011 | No Comments »

 

Palm Islands in DubaiFrom themedialine.org “Black Magic Widespread in the Middle East”:

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.Dubai Cityscape

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.

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October 18th, 2011 | No Comments »

From the Science section of the New York Times:

Digging deeper in a South African cave that had already yielded surprises from the Middle Stone Age, archaeologists have uncovered a 100,000-year-old workshop holding the tools and ingredients with which early modern humans apparently mixed some of the first known paint.

These cave artisans had stones for pounding and grinding colorful dirt enriched with a kind of iron oxide to a powder, known as ocher. This was blended with the binding fat of mammal-bone marrow and a dash of charcoal. Traces of ocher were left on the tools, and samples of the reddish compound were collected in large abalone shells, where the paint was liquefied, stirred and scooped out with a bone spatula.

A fascinating archaeological discovery that sheds many insights on the artistic expression of early humans. But it is more than that. The description of how cave artisans prepared paints from ocher, animal fat and charcoal in abalone shells, with bone spatulas and pestles, is exactly how many magical pigments are prepared today in Vodou around the world, from Congo, to Benin, to Haiti and even in Obeah in Jamaica. This gives us very strong evidence for Vodou being one of the oldest religions in existence today.

Remember that Vodou is not just a Haitian phenomenon, or a Beninoise, or even African phenomenon. It is a human phenomenon that is a part of the history of every man and woman.

Related: the Ishango Bone that was found in the Ishango region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (also the home of one of our Most Famous Voodoo Priests) has also been dated to 10,000 years and provides an example of advanced mathematics in Africa that predate even the Mayans.

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October 18th, 2011 | No Comments »

The Inquisitir wrote about the strange case of a 23 year old woman n Vietnam who appeared to age about fifty years overnight:

Vodou Spells for the Face

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):

Bonswa Jean!

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.

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