Posted 7 months ago

A Small Vodou Ceremony in the Red Hook Projects

I keep saying the last Vodou party of the season, but they seem endless. Here’s a small ceremony in a private apartment. The intimate setting really allowed believers to interact with the Mambos possessed by the Spirits.

Posted 7 months ago

Last Gede Party in Brooklyn for the Season

Every November in Brooklyn, Gede parties occur each weekend, often competing for attention in the Haitian community. Gede is a very popular Spirit, for one reason, because he is lewd and playful. People laugh and have a good time when he comes.

Gede’s playful actions are a counterweight to the other side of Gede. He is known for telling hard truths to the people at the ceremonies. He is one of the most powerful Spirits in the Vodou pantheon, living in cemeteries and controlling who passes on to Death. He is the joker alleviating the unbearable weight of the ultimate bad event, Death.

Posted 8 months ago

Gede ceremony Nov 23

A good time was had by all at one of the last Gede parties of the November season. A small apartment in East Flatbush, Brooklyn was rocking until 7 in the morning. The end of the party saw an amazing number of Gedes appear. There must have been 10 people possessed by a Gede. Normally, Tipis Gede comes to these parties, but on this night I met a new one called Gede Reserve.