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Voodoo Authentica™ Cultural Center & Collection is located in the Historic New Orleans French Quarter at 612 rue Dumaine. Since 1996 we have been providing Authentic Ritual Entertainment, a complete line of Voodoo Dolls and Crafts, Voodoo Spells, Spiritual Work & Consultations by experienced practitioners, and much more!

 
 
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Questions: (Answers Below)

(1) Hi, could you please tell me some differences between the Loa Ogou Feray and Ogou Badagris?

(2) Can you please tell me about the way Yemaya sends messages? Last night I heard seashells shaking in my bedroom. It was the most beautiful sound, and so comforting.  

(3) Do Voduns really think that zombies are real?

(4)  What is a bokor/boko/bocor?

(5) I am interested in the symbolism behind the various objects of voodoo.  (Specifically, the machete.)  Do you have any information on this?  Anything you have would be of great interest to me! 


Answers:

(1) Hi.  Could you please tell me some differences between the Loa Ogou Feray and Ogou Badagris?
Papa Ogou is one of the great Loa of Rada Vodou.  Primarily a warrior Loa, He carries all the "Mars" associations of the male sex - the color red, blood, fire, lightening, the sword, the metal worker, and also, the magical connotations associated in many cultures with the smith. As Ogou Badagris He is a phallic and magical Loa associated with a particular coastal region of Nigeria. As Ogou Feray, He is associated with iron, metals, and the sword - this also brings relevance to His identification with Saint Jacques as religious chromolithographs represent this saint as carrying the sword of his martyrdom. Stability, order & authority are characteristic of him, although minor derivatives of the Saint Jacques figure (for example, Nanchou) while retaining the energy of Ogou, have not his dignity. As Ogou Shango, Ogou is identified with Shango the Lightening Orisha of the Egba people of Dahomey. Hope this answers your question.  Good luck on your path!

(2) Can you please tell me about the way Yemaya sends messages? Last night I heard seashells shaking in my bedroom. It was the most beautiful sound, and so comforting.  
Thanks so much for your inquiry about Yemaya.  As I'm sure you already know, She is the Orisha of the Ocean, amongst other things and representations of Her are often adorned with sea shells. She is very mothering and must have felt you needed the peace & comfort. Spirit communication is a very personal thing and I feel it's best to trust your instincts on the matter. If you feel Yemaya is speaking to you, listen to her messages and do your best to interpret them and apply them to your life. 

The best book I know of about Yemaya is by Fatunmbi – he has written several remarkable books. Among them are his Orisha series, wherein he writes about each Spirit Force individually. It was in this collection of books that Yemaya was included in. I highly recommend it and all of his work.  Good luck to you!  Hope this has been helpful.
Click here for a link to these great reference books or call our French Quarter Shop at 504.522.2111 for more info.

(3) Do Voduns really think that zombies are real?
Hi, thanks so much for your inquiry. In my opinion, the best exploration of the phenomenon of zombification is Harvard Scientist/Ethnobotanist, Wade Davis' fantastic book "Serpent & the Rainbow” (By the way, don't think, "I'll save time & just rent the movie." It's not the same!).  In it, he shares the experiences he encountered while doing research in Haiti - research which proved that Zombies & the formula which creates them are both very real.  Be that as it may, the creation of Zombies is not a part of the traditional Voodoo practice – it is in fact frowned upon by both honorable Mambo & Houngan alike. It is more the province of the bocor/bokor.

(4) What is a bocor/bokor/boko?
A bocor/bokor/boko is a sorcerer who performs Spiritual Work for clients in return for gifts or money.  What separates them from other practitioners is that, in general, they "work with both hands."  In other words, they will perform many rituals involving black magick & will-control that most other initiated Vodou practitioners will not.

 (5) I am interested in the symbolism behind the various objects of voodoo. 
Thanks so much for your inquiry. The machete is connected with an Orisha & Loa called Ogun and Papa Ogou respectively. He is the Spirit of Iron, Justice & the Father of Technology & Modern Machines - among other roles. A machete dance is often done to honor him during ritual. Below, I've pasted the link to our online books section. I recommend reading "Jambalaya" by Vodou Priestess Luisah Teish and Fatunmbi's "Ogun: Ifa and the Spirit of Iron" for more info about the powerful Spirit Forces & the symbols connected with them. Good luck to you! http://www.voodooshop.com/products/books/index.html
 

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