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 »

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 | No Comments »

This is an incredible photo shoot from LIFE magazine showing some great images from Haitian Vodou. There are no secrets exposed and the photos are mainly of people – but you can never deny the quality and emotional impact of the photos that appear in LIFE. Next to National Geographic they are just wonderful at these things.

WARNING – There are a few photos of animal sacrifice. Animal sacrifice is a normal part of Haitian Vodou, so this is simply reality. Any time animal sacrifice comes up I always like to remind everybody that the animals are consumed afterwards, that they don’t suffer and actually live more humane lives, and die less painful deaths, than the animals we eat on a daily basis raised and killed in in slaughterhouses.

That being said – enjoy the photos and skip ahead past the bloody parts if you are squeamish.

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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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November 6th, 2011 | No Comments »

Pope Benedict XVI discussed witchcraft today at a conference with Angolan Bishops in Africa. He did not endorse witchcraft, as can be expected from the Pope but a listen to the address does shy away from condemning traditional African practice or rejecting an African spiritual heritage in lieu of Roman Catholicism. This is somewhat of a reaffirmation of Pope John Paul II, who also said that Roman Catholicism was compatible with Vodou in his 1992 meeting with Beninoise Vodou Houngans.

This is, however, one of Pope Benedict’s many conservative swings away from the former stance of Pope John Paul II. Compare what Pope John Paul II said in his meeting with African Houngans in 1992 to that of Pope Benedict today;

 

 

[The Vatican Council II] recognized that there are truth and good, seeds of the Word, in the various religious traditions.

 

You are strongly attached to the traditions which your ancestors transmitted to you. It is legitimate to recognize the ancestors who transmitted to you the sense of the sacral, faith in a one and good god, your tastes for celebrations, and consideration for moral life and harmony in society.

Pope Benedict XVI modified the stance and reconciled by saying;

The heart of the baptized is sometimes shared between Christianity and traditional African religions.

He did strongly condemn any form of violence in witchcraft, especially toward children and the elderly. We also agree at Bondye that any abuse of children, the elderly or anyone at all has no place in religion – be it Roman Catholic or Vodou.

Most Vodouisants, particularly in Haiti, are both practicing Catholics and believers in Vodou.

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November 1st, 2011 | 1 Comment »

Just a quick post to highlight the beautiful talisman that we received from Cameroon – this is an Abete fetish. It is a statue that holds the actual living spirit of a chief of the Abete tribe. This is one of the fetishes that we offer for adoption and you can read more about it above on the Available Talismans page.

As with all of our talismans it is important to point out that this not just a statue. It is a magical item that holds the actual living spirit of a deceased person. In this case it is a bit special because it was the tribal spirit of an Abete chief. It is to be used for protection and also for bringing wealth. It also requires that you care for it appropriately.

Note that we do not “sell” these talismans or fetishes. We prefer to say that you adopt them. The reason for this is because they require care. This is why you cannot simply place an order and have it shipped off to you. We received this talisman directly from the Abete region in Africa and we are now caring for it in Europe. If you are truly interested in this type of spirit item please contact us. We do ship with confirmation, for free in Europe and accept payments by credit cards and Verified PayPal.

There are no two talismans or fetishes exactly like this in the world. Many are of similar style but none are identical. None hold the same spirit. This is a rare opportunity to care for and receive the blessings of an a spirit that was an actual Abete chief. We have to find a good home for it and when it is gone to a new home, it is gone for good.

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October 25th, 2011 | 1 Comment »

Vodou ClawI was searching for videos of African Vodou rituals to provide more examples on this blog and ran across a great article with five videos and explanations: African Vodou. The information seems very good and for anyone who wants to learn about Vodou from a beginning level to gaining more than the basics this is a perfect place to start. It can explain how Vodou helps you and the detail and time that goes into a Vodou ceremony.

 

Five Videos of African Vodou

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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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