The New Orleans Voodoo Handbook
By Kenz Filan
One of America's great native-born spiritual tradition, New Orleans Voodoo is a religion as complex, free-form, and beautiful as the jazz that permeates this steamy city of sin and salvation. From the French Quarter to the Algiers neighborhood, its famed vaulted cemeteries to its infamous, Mardi Gras celebrations, New Orleans sources, including Africa, Latin America, Sicily, Ireland, France and native America.
In The New Orleans Voodoo Handbook, initiated Vodou priest Kenaz Filan covers the practices, tools, and the rituals of this system of worship as well as the many facets of its origins. Exploring the major figures of New Orleans Voodoo, such as Marie Laveau and Dr. John, as well as Creole cuisine and the wealth of musical inspiration surrounding the Mississippi Delta, Filan examines firsthand documents and historial records to uncover the truth behind many of the city's legends and to explore the oft-discussed but little-understood practices of the root doctors, Voodoo queens, and the spiritual figures of the Crescent City. Including recipes for magical oils, instructions for candle workings, methods of divination, and even directions to create gris=gris bags, mogo bags, and Voodoo dolls, Filan reveals howto call on the saints and spirits of Voodoo for love, money, retribution, justice, and healing.