Vodou and Catholicism Part One – Historical Context

Preparations have been made. People have assembled. Houngans, mambos, and hounsi, dressed in white, have gathered, and there is a pregnant moment of expectation, a soft and subtle stirring of something, and a knowing that we are about to begin. The fet opens--the words, in French, of the Our Father are chanted, beginning, "Notre Père, … Continue reading Vodou and Catholicism Part One – Historical Context

Metres Ezili Freda Dahomey – A Deep Dive

Art by @meliescribbles on (instagram) Beautiful, charming, radiant, loving, luxurious, splendorous, effulgent, charismatic, glorious. All of these fifty cent adjectives apply to Metres Freda, one of the most beloved of the lwa in Haitian Vodou. Yet, as fittingly magnificent as these words are, they simply aren't good enough for this Queen without being shaped into … Continue reading Metres Ezili Freda Dahomey – A Deep Dive

#12 James Barry – Houngan (senior Voudou priest) / A Song for Every Thing

Back in July of 2021 I was kindly invited to appear on this podcast and discuss music in Vodou. Music, Meaning, And Mystery examines the role of music and its interaction with the sacred, and I can’t recommend it enough. You can hear it on its home site or on all major podcast platforms. TO go directly to the episode, click here.

Music Meaning and Mystery

James Barry is a Hougan (senior Voudou priest). We discuss the primacy of music in Voudou, it’s role, it’s effect and some experiences James had using music to heal and call spirits. And music for a good death.

James has no website.

Music Meaning and Mystery website:https://musicmeaningandmystery.ca/
The Music Meaning and Mystery substack: https://musicmeaningandmystery.substack.com/

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Originally recorded July 15 2021

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