October 25, 2008

Mixing Catholicism With Voodoo

NEW ORLEANS -- Her memories are vivid of walking into the darkened room to find a crowd of older women burning incense and candles, reciting the rosary and passionately petitioning saints amid hundreds of dolls and Louis XIV furniture. Gina Marie was 18 months old the first time she led the rosary during such a gathering, a fixture in her grandmother's large Creole neighborhood Seventh Ward home. "They were purifying the house with frankincense, preparing for spirits to come down," Marie, 30, said in July. For many, the saints they prayed for were Voodoo spirit counterparts. "Some say slaves . . . used Catholicism to hide what they were really doing. But [the women in the room] were free." They weren't hiding.
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