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contrary to popular belief, is not about voodoo dolls and zombies. It is a religion
with deep and ancient roots in Africa. The religion is based on the concept of
respect: respect for God, the Lwa (the spirits), the community, the family, the
individual, and above all, self-respect. Hand in hand with respect for the living
goes respect for the dead.
marks the beginning of Gede time in Vodou. The Gede family of Lwa give voice to
the unknown or forgotten dead. This is a time when the Baron Samedi & Maman
Brigitte, are honored with parties. Much like the Mexican Day of the Dead, Gede
is a time to remember the dead and to remember that we, one day, will be among
them. Many people involved in the Vodou, particularly here in the US, choose Gede
time, October November, to honor their ancestors as well as to deal with
the Gede. Here in the US, many of us have few formal ways to remember our ancestors.
In the past, it was customary in South Louisiana to go to church on All Saints
Day (Nov. 1) and then to go to the cemetery to white wash the mausoleums of loved
traditions have largely fallen by the wayside even in such tradition bound places
as New Orleans. The dead, generally speaking, fall into three categories: ancestral
spirits, Gede (incl. the Barons and Maman Brigitte), and those restless and mischievous
dead that can cause problems. The term Gede often is used to include the Barons,
the best known of which are LaCroix, Samedi, and Cemetiere and Maman Brigitte.
OF COURSE WE ALL LOVE A GOOD
yeah, the Zombi are the living dead ! A corpse that a Zobop (evil Vodou priest)
raises from it's tomb and becomes an eternal slave to the Zobop. Recognized by
their absent-minded manner, their extinguished, almost glassy eyes, and above
all by the nasal twang in their voices, a trait they share with the Gede. So,
just how does one become a Zombi ?
Well, first you must absorb some Zombi
Powder, of which there is no antidote:
toad (Bufo marinus) which excretes psychedelic oils from it's back
Ground Millipede & tarantula
Mix with Tcha- Tcha seeds
(Albizzia occidentale) which will cause pulmonary swelling
Pomme Cajou leaves
Bresillet leaves (last three from the poison
All of this is ground into powder, placed in a jar and buried
for two days.
Afterwards when dug up:
Add DieffenbachiDiodon holacanthusa
seguine ('dumbcane' which contains oxalate needles that act like ground glass)
Skin of the White tree-frog
And oh yes......
of the deadly Puffer fish which contain Tetrodotoxin (Sphoeroides testudineus,
Sphoeroides spengleri, Diodon hystrix and Diodon holacantus)
is ground human skull
course my personal favorite is:
1 oz. pineapple juice
1 tsp. powdered
1/2 oz. Apricot brandy
2 1/2 oz. white rum
1 oz. dark rum
oz. passion fruit juice
add cracked ice & blend, strain into frosted glass.
Decorate with pineapple & cherry. Carefully float 1/2 oz. of 151 proof rum
on top...... trust me, you'll be a ZOMBIE in no time !!!
Sushko (guitarist from Frank Messina's Spoken Motion) is a swampin'
git-slinger from NJ where he and former SpoMo drummer, Wes "The Professor"
Jensen along with Billy "The Reverend" Christiani (StirFried)
Jay "JayBird" Roosa and Danny "Doc" Lane (Avalon
Ballroom) make up NJ's only Swamp Rock Blues band, PaPa HooDoo. Click
Here to learn more about PaPa HooDoo!
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New and Of Note! On
January 27th PaPa HooDoo took to the stage at The Turning Point
in Piermont, NY. The Turning
Point has been a mecca for Rock, Folk, Blues and Jazz artist's for over
30 years and it's performers roster reads like a who's who across all these genres
(Frank Messina and David
Amram did their CD release for "The
Long Road To Nowheresville" there in 04').
a packed house, PaPa HooDoo swamped n' stomped with two encores! The first
PhotoBook is in from this steamin' night of Swamp Blues and Boogie, Click
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