Magic, Voodoo, and Chaos—how much can you take before you crack?
Shocked by the sudden death of her parents, Chantal’s world crumbles. When she discovers that she was adopted and her parents faked her birth certificate, she’s distraught. Searching for answers, though, plunges her world into further chaos, as she keeps seeing a top hat-wearing man who seems to be everywhere she goes and dreams that are so horrific, they traumatize her.
The more Chantal learns, the stranger her world becomes, and the stronger the visions become.
Chantal’s husband stands by her side as she unravels the mysteries, but how much can he take before it’s too much? Is the vision of her mother trying to reach out to her or trying to kill her? Chantal plunges into the world of magic and Voodoo to discover a past that might potentially be too strong to resist. Who holds all the answers?
Only the Voodoo priestess knows.
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Baron Samedi (also known as Baron Saturday, Baron Samdi, Bawon Samedi, Samedi, and/or Bawon Sanmdi) is one of the Loa of Haitian Voodoo religion. Samedi is a Loa of the dead, along with Baron's numerous other incarnations Baron Cimetière, Baron La Croix, and Baron Kriminel.
Baron Samedi is often a chaotic spirit and greatly enjoys smoking, drinking and interacting with people but he is also morbid by very nature and often when possessing others he will lay down on the ground and expects ritualists to perform ceremonies similar to those they would in funerals, despite all this he is generally happy among hosts and can even be difficult to convince to leave as he will often wish to stay for "one more drink".
In contrast when he appears as Baron Kriminel he is a sadist and his fondness for interacting with others becomes more violent, like all Loa he is neither fully good nor fully evil: out of all the Loa Baron Samedi is arguably the most well-known and reverred, especially in popular culture.
Divination in Hoodoo originated from African practices. In West-Central Africa, divination was (and is) used to determine what an individual or a community should know that is important for survival and spiritual balance. In Africa and in Hoodoo, people turn to divination seeking guidance about major changes in their life from an elder or a skilled diviner. This practice was brought to the United States during the transatlantic slave trade and was later influenced by other systems of divination. There are several forms of divination traditionally used in Hoodoo.
Practitioners sometimes incorporate planetary and elemental energies in their spiritual work (spells). Rootworkers in Indiana trained under African-American astrologers in black communities. Numerology is also used in Hoodoo and combined with astrology for spiritual works. African-Americans in Indiana (in the 1980s into present day) combine numerology, astrology, African mysticism and Voodoo and Hoodoo creating a new spiritual divination practice and system of magic unique to African-Americans. For example, Nat Turner took the sign of an eclipse of the sun as a sign from God to start his slave revolt in Southampton County, Virginia in 1831.
The practice of Augury is deciphering phenomena (omens) that are believed to foretell the future, often signifying the advent of change. Before his rebellion, Nat Turner had visions and omens from spirit to free the enslaved through armed resistance. In African American communities a child born with a caul over their face is believed to have psychic gifts to see spirits and see into the future. This belief in the caul on a baby's face brings psychic gifts was found in West Africa in Benin (Dahomey). After the baby is born, the caul is taken off the baby's face and is preserved and used to drive away (or banish) ghosts. It is believed a child born at midnight will have second sight or extrasensory perception about events.
Cartomancy is the practice of using Tarot and poker playing cards to receive messages from spirit. This form of divination was added later in Hoodoo. There are some Hoodoo practitioners that use both.
A bone reading
Cleromancy is the practice of casting small objects such as shells, bones, stalks, coins, nuts, stones, dice, and sticks for an answer from spirit. The use of bones, sticks, shells and other items is a form of divination used in Africa and in Hoodoo in the United States.
Rootworkers also divine with dominoes.
Oneiromancy is a form of divination based upon dreams. Former slaves talked about receiving messages from ancestors and spirits about impending danger or advice about how to save money.
The walking boy was a traditional form of divination practiced by African Americans on slave plantations, and the practiced continued after chattel slavery. A conjurer would take a bottle and tie a string to it and place a bug inside the bottle. The conjurer pulled the bottle as the bug moved. What ever direction the bug moved inside the bottle the conjurer knew where a spell bottle was buried that caused misfortune or where the person lived who buried the bottle.
In the history of Hoodoo, Aunt Caroline Dye was a Hoodoo woman born enslaved in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and moved to Arkansas in her adult life. Aunt Caroline Dye was known for her psychic abilities, and used a deck of cards and provided spiritual readings for black people and whites. Aunt Caroline Dye's psychic abilities were so well known that several blues songs were written about her by African American blues musicians.
ORIGINS OF VOODOO IN NEW ORLEANS
Synonymous with New Orleans, voodoo first came to Louisiana with enslaved West Africans, who merged their religious rituals and practices with those of the local Catholic population. New Orleans Voodoo is also known as Voodoo-Catholicism. It is a religion connected to nature, spirits, and ancestors. Voodoo was bolstered when followers fleeing Haiti after the 1791 slave revolt moved to New Orleans and grew as many free people of color made its practice an important part of their culture. Voodoo queens and kings were spiritual and political figures of power in 1800s New Orleans.
The core belief of New Orleans Voodoo is that one God does not interfere in daily lives, but that spirits do. Connection with these spirits can be obtained through various rituals such as dance, music, chanting, and snakes.
Today gris-gris dolls, potions and talismans are still found in stores and homes throughout the city – a reminder of the New Orleans fascination with spirits, magic, and mystery. Voodoo practices include readings, spiritual baths, prayer, and personal ceremony. It is used to cure anxiety, addictions, and feelings of depression or loneliness, as well as to help the poor, hungry, and the sick.