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(9 Possessions | Drumming, Dancing and Singing)

[19 Jan 2006|02:37am]
I love you all! Most of you seem to be so patient with me... tis good bwuthas because when Death turns around for you there appears to be no patience in its veracity.

New Year Resolutions anyone?

I will keep in touch with the people that matter most to me.

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[01 Dec 2004|06:32am]
Now I know you have all come to expect some level of quality from my posts (or at least I hope so). At this time I hope you all forgive me for lowering myself to posting the results of an online quiz. I'm sure though you will all see why I find this particular one amusing though.

You Know You're Haitian When....

Your parents still put you "a genou" even though you are 19.

You use bed sheets as window curtains.

You've eaten rice within the past 3 days.

You eat too much chicken, diri kole, or diri a djon djon.

Your living room couches are covered with plastic.

You buy your cereal at Farmer's Market.

You buy your fruit at Basket Market.

You try to bargain your way out of everything and anywhere even in department stores.

To get out of trouble with a fellow Haitian, you use the phrase: "bon sa-ou genyen la?, se Ayisyen nou ye mon(ma)che."

Once the temperature gets below a certain level, you lose all concepts of coordination when it comes to things like snow boots, winter coats, scarves, and hats often doing things like wearing two different color hats at the same time.

You have a bunch of expensive perfumes on your dresser but prefer to use the cheaper ones because you don't want to waste your good stuff.

You point at things and people with your lips.

You just don't feel fresh until you've drenched yourself in "Bien Etre"

Your house is so packed with meubles and *biblos* that you can't even take two steps.

There are entire rooms in your house that no one is allowed to go in because they are reserved for company.

You have three sets of china: odd, even, and miss-matched.

You might be late for a wedding or may not even even show up at all,... but damn it, you are early for the reception! And of course you bring home a plate wrapped in aluminum foil and some 'gateau'.

You prefer juice in the form of concentrated syrup.

The weakest old woman can strike fear into your heart with just one look.

When you really get mad at someone you want to take off your shoe and slap him or her with it.

You prefer salt and pepper in your peanut butter rather than sugar.

Saturday is "bouillon day" at your house

Yawning more often indicates hunger than fatigue.

All soda is called "cola" and all chewing gum is called "Chicklets".

Maggi, Matouk's/Tabasco, & tomato paste are cooking essentials.

You refuse to throw out old grease. So that everything you fry has that taste of fried fish, chicken, bannan pese, or griot.

The US is only made up of three cities: Miami, NY, and Boston.

2001 was more significant than the year 2000.

Deep fried pork (griot) is one of your favorite dishes.

You have either Jean or Marie placed somewhere in your name and you know someone named Roro, Fanfan, Pouchon or Marie Rose.

Your furniture is too big for your house.

You dip bread in your coffee, hot chocolate, and even certain kinds of liquor (Kremas).

You go to work as though you were dressed for church, you go to church as if you were dressed for a wedding, and you go to a wedding as if you were dressed to meet Queen Elizabeth.

When you hear "pssssssssst", you know that someone is trying to get your attention.

You nod your head upward to greet someone when you're too busy to talk.

If someone says that the party starts at 8pm, then you know not to show up until 11PM!

You're proud to be Haitian - and you pass these jokes on to all your Haitian friends!

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[19 Nov 2004|06:07am]
Side note: I am currently reading "The Serpent and the Rainbow" by Dr. Wade Davis. I shamefully admit that I am only just now getting to read it but in my defense the bookstore kept selling it before I could get in to get it. I am only four chapters in so far but I will give a review once done. So far, I'm in love with this book.

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[17 Nov 2004|04:45pm]
So children, what are we going to do now?

(This question is aimed at those of you who live in the U.S. and now must spend another four years under El Presidente Bush)

I have not made a post about the subject yet because I was in a period of mourning for my fellow citizens, please pardon me. Alas, like all things, the mourning had to come to an end and its time for action, change and revolution (revolution being either socially, physically or spiritually of course).

If this were Haiti there would have been lwa-ridden rioters in front of the White House... but this isn't Haiti. We of the more "civilized" (and believe me, I say that quite tongue in cheek) world must come up with alternate plans.
What do you all think? Life is not over, not yet. Humans have the ability to survive seemingly anything. What are your reactions and planned courses of action? Or is nothing going to change for you at all? Do you not care? Please, respond and discuss amongst yourselves here.

(5 Possessions | Drumming, Dancing and Singing)

I have been asked, so here is a word on the Zombi: [03 Nov 2004|12:36am]
One belief unique to vodoun is the zombie. The creole word “zombi” is apparently derived from Nzambi, a West African deity but it only came into general use in 1929, after the publication of William B. Seabrook's The Magic Island. In this book, Seabrook recounts his experiences on Haiti, including the walking dead. He describes the first 'zombie' he came across in this way:

"The eyes were the worst. It was not my imagination. They were in truth like the eyes of a dead man, not blind, but staring, unfocused, unseeing. The whole face, for that matter, was bad enough. It was vacant, as if there was nothing behind it. It seemed not only expressionless, but incapable of expression."

Haitian zombies were once normal people, but underwent zombification by a bokor through spell or potion (a combination of the two). The victim then dies and becomes a mindless automaton, incapable of remembering the past, unable to recognise loved ones and doomed to a life of miserable toil under the will of the zombie master.

There have been some rare occasions of juju zombies temporarily regaining part of their mental faculties. This rare occurrence has only been observed when a zombie encounters situations that have heavy emotional connections to their mortal lives.

There are many examples of zombies in modern day Haiti. Papa Doc Duvallier the dictator of Haiti from 1957 to 1971 had a private army of thugs called tonton macoutes. These people were said to be in trances and they followed every command that Duvallier gave them. Duvallier had also his own voodoo church with many followers and he promised to return after his death to rule again. He did not come back but a guard was placed at his tomb, to insure that he would not try to escape, or that nobody steal the body. There are also many stories of people that die, then many years later return to the shock and surprise of relatives. A man named Caesar returned 18 years after he died to marry, have three children and die again, 30 years after he was originally buried. Another case involved a student from a village Port-au-Prince who had been shot in a robbery attempt. Six months later, the student returned to his parent’s house as a zombie. At first it was possible to talk with the man, and he related the story of his murder, a voodoo witch doctor stealing his body from the ambulance before he reached hospital and his transformation into a zombie. As time went on, he became unable to communicate, he grew more and more lethargic and died.

A case reported a writer named Stephen Bonsal described a zombie he witnessed in 1912 in this way: a man had at intervals a high fever, he joined a foreign mission church and the head of the mission saw the him die. He assisted at the funeral and saw the dead man buried. Some days later the supposedly dead man was found dressed in grave clothes, tied to a tree, moaning. The poor wretch soon recovered his voice but not his mind. He was indentifed by his wife, by the physician who had pronounced him dead, and by the clergyman. The victim did not recognized anybody, and spent his days moaning inarticulate words.

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[01 Nov 2004|11:59pm]
[ mood | crazy ]

Happy All Saints Day!!!!!!!!

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[27 Oct 2004|11:49pm]
of the world...

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Some cards from the deck that I use... [27 Oct 2004|12:40am]

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Oya and Chango [26 Oct 2004|04:47pm]

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[26 Oct 2004|04:37pm]
Fall is upon us in New England. Leaves have turned, the wind blows colder and the skies have taken the permanent tone of grey. It is necessary part of the year. The quiet death that occurs in season, letting all things rest and renew. When the fire crackles to keep us warm at night the fire inside all of life crackles keeping it alive, somewhere deep inside. We look and see bare trees but those trees are only sleeping. What appears to be death is truely rebirth. We must celebrate the change that is inherent to all of existance. Nothing is static and even death may die. For when one falls another may rise to take its place.

Now is the time to thank the Barons. Sex and death my friend. Both the beginning and the end. La petite morte. Be thankful for what has been given and enjoy all you do have. Tomorrow was never promised to us today. Eat, drink and be merry because the winter may be long but summer will come again. Life will return freshened and then we shall start this danse macabre once more. Everything is for purpose so lets give thanks for the purpose. The purpose is to live, love and be happy. Anything less is shorting yourself a right.

(6 Possessions | Drumming, Dancing and Singing)

[19 Oct 2004|05:10am]
Things are much better my children. Preparations are currently underway to prepare for the Feeding of the Dead and the Lwa. I've been trying to collect together the finest rums and cigars in offering. My cooking skills are not always up to par but its the heart and soul, no? This time of year makes me giddy, I must confess. The swirling leaves, changing colors, waking spirits (remember, I'm living in New England, picture old Stephen King country)... its just all so invigorating.
I'm right now under a search to find a way to be initiated officially into vodoun. I say vodoun but I get along quite nicely with the orisha as well. I just need... something more. I wish to show my dedication and commitment to the lwa. If they would have me of course. With many things I feel as if I'm reaching a dead-end as life twists and turns. I want to make that step forward spiritually. What do you think? Does this make sense?

(4 Possessions | Drumming, Dancing and Singing)

[13 Oct 2004|04:49am]
You will have to pardon the Baron. After an unscheduled trip to the city of Montreal this past weekend not all went well and no some problems need to be fixed. Excuse my frantic, stressed mind...

The duty-free shop did have some fantastically cheap rums though.

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[05 Oct 2004|12:20am]
VATICAN CITY, OCT 1, 2004 (VIS) - The Holy Father's general prayer intention for the month of October is: "That, firm in their faith, Christians may be eager to dialogue with those who belong to another religious tradition."

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[28 Sep 2004|06:21am]

To which I say "What wouldn't he do?"

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Bon Brother Baron Cimitiere [24 Sep 2004|12:44am]

and one of myself...

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[24 Sep 2004|12:41am]
Came upon this description of myself...

Baron Samedi
Also known as Banguele, Ghede, Gede, Papa Ghede, Eleggue, Baron Samedi is a major ancestral inter-ethnic god of the Gorovodoun linked to historical/mythical persons. He is the death aspect of Ghede, guardian of the grave, protector of children, god of sexuality, eroticism and libido: the eternal figure in black who controls the crossroad through which everyone must cross. He controls access to the dead: he is to the afterlife what Legba is to life.

Baron Samedi is history. He has intimate contact with the dead. He is a dearly loved loa; his presence brings laughter, joy, singing and dancing. Neither good nor evil, he reminds us that understanding of death and life is beyond our comprehension. His obscenity in sexual matters is thought to be an affirmation of life in the midst of death

He is generally portrayed as tall, slim and pale in formal attire - black hat, undertaker’s coat and cane. He wears a pair of dark glasses with right lens knocked out to watch those present, lest they steal his food.

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Saint Gerard Majella [23 Sep 2004|05:34am]

16 October
Son of a tailor who died when the boy was 12, leaving the family in poverty. Gerard tried to join the Capuchins, but his health prevented it He was accepted as a Redemptorist lay brother serving his congregation as sacristan, gardener, porter, infirmarian, and tailor. Wonder worker.

When falsely accused by a pregnant woman of being the father of her child, he retreated to silence; she later recanted and cleared him, and thus began his association as patron of all aspects of pregnancy. Reputed to bilocate and read consciences. His last will consisted of the following small note on the door of his cell: "Here the will of God is done, as God wills, and as long as God wills."
23 April 1725 at Muro, Italy
1755 of tuberculosis
11 December 1904 by Pope Saint Pius X
childbirth, children, expectant mothers, falsely accused people, good confessions, lay brothers, motherhood, mothers, pregnant women, unborn children

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[22 Sep 2004|12:38am]
When you read this I ask something of you, my friends. Take a few copper pennies and toss them outside in the spirit of Baron Samedi. As you do this think of the fact that in the end of it all, when things turn to dust, cities crumble, empires fall, plants wither, and you yourself is not but bones everything is worth but a few pennies. Then think about what that really means to you. Are you enjoying your mortal life? Is there something you wished you did today? Why didn't you do it? What are your goals? Aspirations? Perspirations?

Leave a comment that you've done this and tell me what it is you haven't done yet and why. Make sure you do it and come back here and let me know how that went.

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