Why do Vodun practitioners wear headwraps?

Vodun practitioners wear headwraps for various reasons.  In everyday life, it is a matter of preference.  Some do and some don’t.  In ceremonial situations, a headwrap is part of the costume of some Orishas or part of formal African clothing. Generally, male Orishas manifesting through human bodies or in human form wear a sort of bandana reminiscent of a “do-rag”, and female Orishas, a more formal “up-do” type of wrap.  Eshu often likes a red wrap under …

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What do I do if I have angered a Spirit?

First of all, just because bad things are happening doesn’t mean that it is because you have angered a Spirit.  Most of the time, suffering is a normal part of life and happens due to very normal causes.  However, it is also normal for many people to do things unthinkingly that bring them suffering because Nature and the Spirits of Nature do not reward stupidity with blessings. Before you panic, there are very few people …

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Why didn’t my Voodoo spell work?

Usually, the reason a spell or formula doesn’t work is that for some reason, it is against Nature.  Sometimes it is that the person doing the spell wasn’t prepared or qualified to do it.  Sometimes it is something that simply cannot happen, on the level of dropping a rock and having it fall up instead of down.  Sometimes the problem is that one’s Guardians or Head knows that getting what they ask for would be bad for …

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What is Four Thieves Vinegar and what is it used for?

Four Thieves Vinegar is an infusion of lavender, sage, rosemary, and thyme in cider or wine vinegar.  It is widely used in the Voudou, Hoodoo, and Conjure in the African diaspora.  Like the Voodoo doll, its origin is European, but it has been very well adopted.  So the legend goes, four thieves during the black plague in Europe gave the recipe in exchange for their lives.  They said this is how they managed to rob plague …

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What is a House?

In the context of Vodun diaspora systems, a house is basically a community or subgroup of the community.  It may be a local community or an international collection of people united with a particular leader or style.  Some have strict hierarchies and delegations of duties, while others are more like a coven without a serious hierarchy.  Others still are the altar mates of a priest/ess who seldom or never meet each other, but by supporting …

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