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Gloucester Township, NJ Once again, Haitian Voodoo earns a place on the Front Page of the Dreamin’ Demon. A few weeks ago we covered a story of the mother who, while practicing Loa, poured a ring of rum on the floor, lit it, doused her daughter’s head and pushed her through the circle. Researching the various “religious rituals”, it’s extremely hard to take some of it seriously. I mean, how the hell could a mother set her child on fire and think the “gods”, “spirits”, or “whatever” are thinking it’s all cool? Animal sacrifices, or the theory behind them, giving thanks for the life that’s been given for nourishment…the sacred meat is much like the Kosher meat of the Jewish religion (or so I’ve read many times), isn’t so far fetched when explained like that. But the latest, a group of 7 people paying $1500 apiece for a “ritual cleansing” is a bit pricey for a wet head, some herbs, a few cuts, and one death.

Her momma calls him Lucille but he was raised as “David” and by personal testimonials, he was extremely happy with his non-surgical transgendered self. As a matter of fact, a co-founder for CAR, the Center for Artistic Revolution, a non-profit Arkansas organization that works for the fair treatment of lesbians, gays, bi and transgendered young people, says Lucille was completely comfortable with who he was and the trip from Arkansas to New Jersey had nothing to do with any identity problems. Lucille’s mom, in a news video, said her 21 year-old was “looking forward to a weekend retreat of prayer and peace.”

Lucille ended up paying $1500 for a washing of the head ritual called “lave tet”. As far as I can gather, for $1500 your head is washed seven times with different herbs. You’re washed and blessed. All your negative and “undesirable” energy is removed and replaced with washings for “strength, magick, (not a typo) wisdom, peace and more! It seems like the “and more” ends everyone up in a whole world of hurt and trouble. I’m not sure if the geniuses behind this left the ‘cutting of the arms’ out of the party brochures for a reason or if it was merely an oversight. But yeah, lave tet also includes washing the head, shrouding it in a white cloth and placing in on a white sheet. (Don’t worry, the head is still attached, it’s just getting all the attention). After the ritual, a meal is prepared from the sacrificed chickens and the lighting of an oil lamp while the person sleeps alone. The pictures I’ve seen have everyone lying on a separate sheet but many in a room. Who knows? Everything is bastardized anymore.

Lucille went through this ritual in the home of Hector Salva, a Haitian Voodoo Priest (and leader of the “Watch Us Rise Society”), well she and 6 others. The festivities started on Friday to run through Monday but I’m thinking her untimely death may have put more of a negative vibe on this party than herbs could wash away. Lucille was found dead Sunday morning. The authorities are performing a toxicology work-up on her and results aren’t expected for a few weeks – they’re also not screaming “foul play” but certainly not ruling anything out at this point. I do imagine investigators are having a fine time interviewing everyone as the neighbors have been reporting some strange occurrences for a while, and the address was not foreign to police. It’s nice to know the ritual festivities were shared outside – neighbors described rattles, chants in an unidentified language, incense smells so strong they could smell it through the walls of the house, and legs and heads of chickens found in and around a house that burned two down from the priest.

It will be interesting to see what caused Lucille’s untimely death and even more interesting to see if they washed her head one too many times with the wrong combination of herbs. I have no doubt the original templates for these rituals were guided by a need to gain spirituality, but when left to the devices of greed driven individuals and interpretation, shit always seems to happen. The American Museum of Natural History says Vodou (also voodoo) is Haiti‘s mirror. My thinking is they cracked it during transport.

Now I must end this article so I can place my order for the voodoo kits available online. I’m thinking at $500 a pop, I can make some good money being all strange and shit. (I call it eccentric) Any of you all need your head washed?

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  • thinkgoat

    Thanks So Jaded, for the heads up on this story!

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com So Jaded

    You betcha, chickie! I figured it was right up your strange little alley and you could do it justice. ;)

  • Lazlo

    A trip to the spa, coupled with a little S&M play, followed by a barbecued chicken dinner – and for just 1500 bucks! What a deal. Who knew Voodoo could be so much fun :D

  • CassieMomma

    I’m sorry, but if there was any type of voodoo around me I would run the other way, that shit scares the shit out of me!

  • Deety

    @Lazlo: “Voodoo”? ‘Round here, we call that “Sunday”. ;)

  • Lazlo

    @Deety – is it free? Do you have room for more?

  • ecvmanzo

    Bizarre to say the least.

  • Unamused

    It’s a sure fire treatment for lice.

  • Harley_Tech

    I have pulled the video onto the DD YouTube page. Please, if you have not already, subscribe to the Demon’s YouTube Page.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci4kNWtDE9k

    R

  • http://www.myspace.com/kelli_laine_doa mom_of_Kelli

    i feel like i have just entered………the twilight zone.

    what the……….

    very well written!!!! ^5

    xoxo Pam

  • malq

    Voodoo! The power of suggestion. Say I told you I was going to get rid of all your negative energy by covering your face with a cowshit mask, put peanut butter under your armpits and made you run 6 miles. You believe me, I charge you 500 dollars and all is good.
    Until you die.
    I wonder what happened. keep us posted Thinkgoat.

  • Taz

    Houngan Hector (Voodoo Priest) Myspace page:
    http://www.myspace.com/realvodou

    LoL, I am pretty sure cops don’t like you doing Voodoo shit on there door steps, and burying goats heads in graves, especially in New Jersey.

    McCleery and police said calls had been received earlier this year involving animals in Lindenwold, Camden County.

    In the first case, a goat’s head was found inside a recently dug grave in the Gates of Heaven cemetery on the White Horse Pike. Not long afterward, candles and dead birds were found at the doorstep of the Lindenwold police station.

    Lindenwold Police Detective Chris Sherrer said police have not determined where the animals came from or why they were placed at either location.

    “It’s weird,” he said.

  • http://whatisk2.blogspot.com k2 herbal

    i feel like i just entered………the twilight zone.

    what the……….
    :p

    very well written!!!! ^5

    xoxo Tam

  • http://www.k2-incense.com k2 incense

    Just…wow. I wonder what happened. So weird…

  • Ike

    Wow. Um… Lucie was my friend and I am highly offended. First, at the fact that you continued to use masculine pronouns. She may have had male genitalia, but she was never very masculine. Certainly not enough to call her “he”. Secondly, who is anyone to judge the religious ceremonies of anyone else? Especially Christians. Why is it necessary to ridicule others so that you can be happy? Lucie helped so many people find acceptance in the world and she made me feel good about myself. How can you sit here and tear her down when you didn't even know her? It's sickening to me that you people are so pathetic and bored that you sit around on your computers talking shit about people that you've never met. So I'd appreciate it if you'd shut your fucking mouths and mind your own goddamned business. She never bothered you.

  • issa

    I find this article to be a poorly written excuse for news and an absolute disgrace to Lucie, a woman none of you ever had the chance to know.

    Let me first start off by correcting you on one point. Lucie did not pay $1500.00 for this ritual. In fact, with airfare included she only paid $621.00, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and reported by The Arkansas Times in August of 2009. Source: http://www.arktimes.com/arkansas/they-loved-luc

    Though I cannot quote you a direct source, I know from personal interactions with Randi Romo, a friend of Lucie's, that her toxicology report came back negative. They still don't know why she died.

    As for your careless remarks about the Vodou religion – grow up. It may not be the most orthodox religion (regarding both its characteristics of Judaism and what is commonly accepted) but that doesn't give you the right to make fun of its practices and belittle those who follow it. You want to poke fun at a woman who set her daughter's head on fire? It's insane, I wholeheartedly agree, but don't you dare forget that Muslim women are stoned to death for perceived infidenlity, Exorcisms (that often end badly) aren't just performed in idiotic horror flicks, and many others have been innocent victims of the crazy religious ideas of those around them.

    Writers like you are disgusting to me. Trying to get attention by twisting controversial topics like Lucie's transgender lifestyle and a religion most people would frown on by name is immature and highlights your desperation for attention.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    I agree with you totally. This writer was terrible and why she is no longer here. She has another site where I hear she continues spouting long paragraphs of bullshit.

  • KatONine

    1) I see only one use of a masculine pronoun to describe your friend and that's when thinkgoat was establishing her background. The rest of the article is all: she, her, Lucille.

    2) I think the only problem people have with religious ceremonies of others is when people end up dead.

    3) There is nothing in that article -or- in the following comments that insults your friend. More or less, people are curious what caused her death and think that the surrounding circumstances are odd.

    4) ” It's sickening to me that you people are so pathetic and bored that you sit around on your computers talking shit about people –” Irony.

  • Ike

    “Her momma calls him Lucille but he was raised as “David” and by personal testimonials, he was extremely happy with his non-surgical transgendered self. As a matter of fact, a co-founder for CAR, the Center for Artistic Revolution, a non-profit Arkansas organization that works for the fair treatment of lesbians, gays, bi and transgendered young people, says Lucille was completely comfortable with who he was and the trip from Arkansas to New Jersey had nothing to do with any identity problems.”
    5 masculine pronouns in 2 sentences. Also, thinkgoat referred to her as Lucie and used a masculine pronoun in the same sentence. I noticed that the correct gender pronouns are used in the rest of the article.

    Also, nobody was supposed to end up dead in this situation. There are two theories about her cause of death. 1: Her sclerosis finally got the best of her, or 2: Hector Salva was doing some things that weren't part of the plan.

    By ridiculing the things that she was involved in, you ridicule her. Religion is a very personal thing to most people, and such is the case with Lucie. Attacking a person's religion can be just as violating as breaking into their home. Taken from comments: “It's a sure fire treatment for lice.” and, “Voodoo! The power of suggestion. Say I told you I was going to get rid of all your negative energy by covering your face with a cowshit mask, put peanut butter under your armpits and made you run 6 miles. You believe me, I charge you 500 dollars and all is good. Until you die.” I'd say these jokes are insulting to her.

    And finally, in response to your “4)”, I commented because I was google searching her to find some details on her burial, since I was not able to make it to her funeral and I would like to go visit her grave. This page happened to pop up in the google search. And I've looked at the things you comment on. I know you're that person.

  • KatONine

    In regards of the pronouns, you are right and I cheerfully withdraw my argument. As for people insulting her via her religion, it's my perspective that faith is faith, a person can believe in whatever they want and if others choose to make fun of it, that's their choice. A personal insult to me is someone insulting me based on who I am and not what I worship, the two are not exclusive to one another. You obviously have a different perspective on that and I respect that.

    I never said an insulting word about your friend, if anything, I feel sorry for her and for her family and friends (though I'm sure that doesn't mean much to you). The only person I would comment negatively on in this story is Hector Salva. I'm not really fond of any religious figure that puts a price on salvation, regardless of what religion or faith they practice.

    As for '4'. your comment was ironic and I will stand by that. You feel entitled to sit behind your computer and judge people you don't know, based on their words and/or actions. So do I.

  • k2 herb

    $500 it's so expensive but i can try to get it later. Thank's for ur great post.

  • VXIII

    We are not tearing Lucy down, Im sorry you lost your freind, she sounds like she was a very kind and loving person… sorry for your loss…

  • Mike

    Oh no, herbal hair didn’t work out very well in this situation.

  • Mike

    Oh no, herbal hair didn’t work out very well in this situation.

  • Mike

    Oh no, herbal hair didn’t work out very well in this situation.

  • Kwumey

    hmmm lets see..the dude…. err “lucie” only shelled out $621 for the all inclusive homicide-hair rinse.. then by all means thats makes sense now..!!

    Because if this man errr. “lucie” paid $1500 then this story would just be weird!!
    Thanks for the claification umm … dude?

  • Kwumey

    hmmm lets see..the dude…. err “lucie” only shelled out $621 for the all inclusive homicide-hair rinse.. then by all means thats makes sense now..!!

    Because if this man errr. “lucie” paid $1500 then this story would just be weird!!
    Thanks for the claification umm … dude?

  • Kwumey

    hmmm lets see..the dude…. err “lucie” only shelled out $621 for the all inclusive homicide-hair rinse.. then by all means thats makes sense now..!!

    Because if this man errr. “lucie” paid $1500 then this story would just be weird!!
    Thanks for the claification umm … dude?

  • http://erzulieredeyes.wordpress.com/ ERZULIEREDEYES

    What happened here does NOT represent Vodou. Vodou is a positive and powerful belief system and it is not evil or scary. Vodou has been DELIBERATELY misunderstood for a long, long time. Not misunderstood by everyone thank goodness! Lave Tet is healing and it is good for you! Many people get Lave Tets and everything is fine. What happened here is sad, and not what a Lave Tet is all about.

  • http://erzulieredeyes.wordpress.com/ ERZULIEREDEYES

    What happened here does NOT represent Vodou. Vodou is a positive and powerful belief system and it is not evil or scary. Vodou has been DELIBERATELY misunderstood for a long, long time. Not misunderstood by everyone thank goodness! Lave Tet is healing and it is good for you! Many people get Lave Tets and everything is fine. What happened here is sad, and not what a Lave Tet is all about.

  • http://erzulieredeyes.wordpress.com/ ERZULIEREDEYES

    Sorry for the double post! Its sad to see stuff like this happen but it doesn’t mean Vodou is evil or bad. This was something like a freak accident, nothing i’ve ever seen before.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V2PJ2GTAJLW6ZYIIH5UDE557PY EdithP

    Voodoo is BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD… YEP. AND DO Not SUGGAR COAT IT. I AM FROM HAITI, WE HAVE GUINEN IN OUR FAMILY, MEANING WE ARE BORN AND WE FIND SPIRITS AT OUR SERVICE FOR WHATEVER REASONS. MY DAD WAS A VOODOO PRIEST AND HE REPENTED AND IS NOW A DEVOUT SERVANT OF GOD BUT THOSE SPIRITS ARE STILL PERSECUTING HIM FOR NOT SERVING THEM OR USE THEM TO DO EVIL. MY FATHER WAS NOT HAPPY WITH THEM AND HE MOST DEF WON’T BE WITHOUT THEM, THEY WON’T LET HIM. THOSE SPIRITS ARE LIKE THE LEPRECHAUNS. PAIN IN THE ASS. TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT I DESPISE THEM BUT WHO DID THEY CHOOSE TO BE THEIR QUEEN OUT OF ALL MY FATHER’S 7 KIDS ME. I DON’T KNOW ANY SOUL IN THIS WORLD WHO LOVES AND WORSHIPS THE GROUND GOD WALKS ON MORE THAN ME…; I WAS BORN TO SERVE, PRAISE AND WORSHIP THE GOD OF ISRAEL, YOU THINK THE SPIRITS WOULD UNDERSTAND AND PICK ONE OF THE OTHER KIDS NOPE, THEY ARE TOO SLOW TO UNDERSTAND THAT, THEY INSIST THAT I AM THEIR FAVOURITE, MAYBE CUZ I’M THE ONLY ONE WITH A BRAIN, I MEAN HOW CAN YOU WORSHIP AND SERVE CREATURES? FOR PETE’S SAKE! THEY ARE CREATURES GOD IS THEIR MAKER/CREATOR OF EVERYTHING, INTELIGENT PEOPLE FOLLOW CREATORS, IDIOTS FOLLOW CREATURES. ANYWAY, NOW FOR A LONG TIME I’M BEING PERSECUTED BY THE OTHER SIBBLINGS WHO ARE MORE THAN TOO WILLING TO PICK THEM UP AND WORK AS LOW LIFE MAMBOS, HOUNGANS, AND HONCIS, I’M TOO GOOD FOR THAT LIFESTYLE, VOODOO IS DIRTY I’M WAY TOO CLEAN, SIBBLINGS ARE NOW TRYING TO KILL ME SO THEY CAN BE THE CHOSEN ONE, RECITING DEMONIC PRAYERS BEHIND ME AND TURNING MY LIFE UPSIDE DOWN. WHEN I DON’T EVEN WANT THOSE CREEPS. I HAVE GOD ALPHA AND OMEGA, INFINITE, ETERNAL LIGHT WHY WOULD I LEAVE ALL THAT FOR SATAN? PIECES OF MY CLOTHES DISAPPEARING DAY IN AND DAY OUT, SO SIBLINGS CAN TRY TO KILL ME WITH MY PERSONAL ITEMS FOR FUCKING LWAS, HAITIAN PEOPLE NEED TO STOP THE VOODOO SO THEY CAN PROSPER, BUT I WOULD LIKE FOR THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY TO STOP STEREOTYPING HAITIANS, CUZ THERE ARE THOSE OF US WHO ARE TRUE CHRISTIANS AND DEVOUT SERVANT OF GOD. I AM HAITIAN AND I DON’T DO VOODOO.

    THE PERSECUTED

    Isaiah 41

    10 So do not fear, for I am with you; 
       do not be dismayed, for I am your God. 
    I will strengthen you and help you; 
       I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. 11 “All who rage against you    will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you    will be as nothing and perish. 12 Though you search for your enemies,    you will not find them. Those who wage war against you    will be as nothing at all. 13 For I am the LORD your God    who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear;    I will help you. 14 Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob,    little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,” declares the LORD,    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. 15 “See, I will make you into a threshing sledge,    new and sharp, with many teeth. You will thresh the mountains and crush them,    and reduce the hills to chaff. 16 You will winnow them, the wind will pick them up,    and a gale will blow them away. But you will rejoice in the LORD    and glory in the Holy One of Israel.

    GOD IS WITH ME I FEAR NOTHING!