Jun 23, 2007

Voodoo drums

Tonight, I took a stroll down the street, headed to the bayou, guided by the sounds of voodoo priestesses beating their drums.

(Yeah, the New Orleanian cliches are flying fast and furious here, I know, but it's all true. I swear.)

On the footbridge was a group of people, all in white, watching the ceremony. A couple, also in white, were paddling up the bayou to join them. Along with the participants, were a few outsiders (like myself), families, fishermen, dog walkers, gathered to watch the ceremony.

I had seen this reminder online (at sturtle.com) the other day:

St. Johns Eve 2007
June 23rd, 7:00pm

Sallie Ann Glassman and La Source Ancienne Ounfo celebrate St. John's Eve with their annual ceremony on the footbridge over Bayou St. John.

Vodou Ceremony: Wear all white and bring a white scarf or rag for your head (It will get dirty.)

Offerings: Bring an offering for Marie Laveau. She likes flowers, blue and white candles, hair ribbons and hair dressing supplies (She was a hairdresser.), Vodou-esque items (Voodoo dolls, potions, gris-gris bags, etc.), or images of Marie Laveau.

I had read about the ceremony and this group a few years ago, but had never been.

Just recently I found out (by reading a Louisiana History text book from 1980 that I had found lodged and forgotten in my classroom) that Marie Laveau herself
had performed rituals right near here in the 19th century. I suppose this is why they chose the site again.

(By the way, I wish I could have taken photos myself, but I don't still don't have a camera since you-know-what.)

1 comment:

Silly Monkey said...

Oh, sure, this kind of stuff happens in Metairie ALL THE TIME. ;)

"Wear all white and bring a white scarf or rag for your head (It will get dirty.)"

Hmmmm. . .sounds vaguely like one of our Survivor games, doesn't it?

Who's this strutle guy? A friend of yours? As I was looking at his photo album, I was thinking how he might be appealing to Vincent. :)

So did you dress up in white?

I wish I had known you needed a camera. I gave one away a few months ago.