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iconic July 1st, 2012 06:37 PM

Voodoo Ceremonies
 
I was sitting watching a couple of old movies: Bob Hope movie "Hold That Ghost" and Martin and Lewis in "Scared Stiff" and I thought to myself. I have gone to the Carribean but I have never encountered anyone involved in the religion of voodoo. As a matter of fact I have never heard anyone even talk about it. I then thought to myself since cruisemates are an adventureous lot maybe one of them has gone to a Voodoo ceremony? If there is an island excursion I might pay to see it if it seems interesting?

Trip July 1st, 2012 07:04 PM

I think if you want to view anything with a connection to Voodoo, you might want to consider New Orleans. I know they have cemetary tours, and, shops that sell all sorts of stuff.

This may have a tourist connection, but, I do think that in the Caribbean, this religeon is more private

Fieldmouse July 2nd, 2012 10:50 AM

I'd avoid it...you might get more than you bargained for.

MercedMike July 2nd, 2012 10:55 AM

Voodoo in New Orleans
 
There is a fairly thriving voodoo industry in New Orleans. There are a number of shops, a nice museum, and years ago we took a tour which included the above ground grave of Marie Leveau. There are still triple crosses freshly chalked on it, and three pennies left in a row on it, by modern believers.

http://users.elite.net/thehalls/no8marielevau.jpg

It is actually surprising that somebody in the Caribbean has not gotten the idea that a few tourist dollars can be wrung from the subject. Perhaps the major tourist islands like St. Thomas are not the ones with a strong voodoo tradition. Or -- Perhaps they fear that they would find pins stuck into their effigies and wind up zombies if they dared to do it?

;)

iconic July 5th, 2012 11:23 AM

Hey thanks one and all for inputs. I don't know when I will get to New Orleans which seems to be the heart of Voodoo activity in the USA. I will continue to search out activities in the Carribean and report if I do find a safe tour. I am a little concerned that safety has to be a primary concern.

I saw this lead for a tour in New Orleans.
Take a stroll into New Orleans’ legendary St. Louis Cemetery #1 to see historic voodoo tombs and the burial places of the city’s residents, famous and infamous alike. Uncover the mysterious world of New Orleans oldest active City of the Dead!
Highlights:

Visit the tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, the 2nd most visited tomb in the country!

Learn why the dead are buried above ground as you stroll through St. Louis Cemetery #1,
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This 2- hour walking tour takes you on a trip within the walls of New Orleans’ oldest and most interesting burial ground, St. Louis Cemetery #1. In the company of a local guide, you will stroll through the ancient maze of above-ground tombs and learn about fascinating burial practices.

Meeting at Rev. Zombies Voodoo Shop in the French Quarter, you will walk to the cemetery to explore curiosities and hear tales of city characters, such as Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, whose tomb is the 2nd most visited burial site in America.

You will see the final resting place of many of New Orleans’ most notable celebrities on an excursion that is as educational as it is fun. Recommended by Travel Channel, A&E and the History Channel, you will learn the history of voodoo and its connection to the French Quarter on a journey back through time.
Included:

• An amazing tour of St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans oldest active City of the Dead.
• Visit to the tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau (the 2nd most visited tomb in the country!)

I was sort of hoping they might have a Voodoo priest or priestess leading the tour.

MercedMike July 5th, 2012 11:34 AM

Voodoo Priest
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by iconic (Post 1436595)
Hey thanks one and all for inputs. I don't know when I will get to New Orleans which seems to be the heart of Voodoo activity in the USA. I will continue to search out activities in the Carribean and report if I do find a safe tour. I am a little concerned that safety has to be a primary concern.

I saw this lead for a tour in New Orleans.
Take a stroll into New Orleans’ legendary St. Louis Cemetery #1 to see historic voodoo tombs and the burial places of the city’s residents, famous and infamous alike. Uncover the mysterious world of New Orleans oldest active City of the Dead!
Highlights:


• An amazing tour of St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans oldest active City of the Dead.
• Visit to the tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau (the 2nd most visited tomb in the country!)

I was sort of hoping they might have a Voodoo priest or priestess leading the tour.

LOL -- well, I hate to disillusion you -- that is pretty much the tour we took in New Orleans. The third person in the picture I posted is our guide -- a very nice older gentleman in a big straw hat. He was delightful, but nobody's idea of a voodo priest I am afraid!;)

Paul Motter August 24th, 2012 06:17 PM

I just saw this...

I have seen shops in the Caribbean devoted to voodoo - just as I have seen them in New York City.

I believe voodoo originated in Haiti which is a pretty insular culture. You may find some shops in the Dominican Republic or Puerto Rico with voodoo candles and other icons.

But if you think you are going to see people doing voodoo rituals in the Caribbean, especially during the daylight hours when the cruise tourists are there - probably not going to happen.

bonnyprincecharlie August 25th, 2012 09:45 AM

Voodoo tours in Caribbean especially Haiti
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul Motter (Post 1443442)
I just saw this...

I have seen shops in the Caribbean devoted to voodoo - just as I have seen them in New York City.

I believe voodoo originated in Haiti which is a pretty insular culture. You may find some shops in the Dominican Republic or Puerto Rico with voodoo candles and other icons.

But if you think you are going to see people doing voodoo rituals in the Caribbean, especially during the daylight hours when the cruise tourists are there - probably not going to happen.

Paul thank you for this information about the voodoo shops, I can't believe that some enterprising Haitian has not set up a voodoo tour even if it is during the day so that they can catch the cruise crowd.

I remember an old movie where the bus tour was of China Town and they
visited an opium den and some other places. After the tourists were gone the
characters turned from mean tong members to majong and card playing characters. In other words it was just a show put on for the tourists. The same could be done for the tourists. I could see tourists coming back carrying their voodoo dolls as souveniers and showing blood spots to other cruisemates from when the rooster had its throat cut. This tour would be a sell out. What do you think?

P.S. I was very disappointed in San Francisco China Town. It had good points but I never saw the tong gang members. Almost got burned when the waiter
tipped over a heating tray and the liquid fire jel spread.
P.S.S. Merced thanks for your inputs and pics. Very much appreciated.


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