The structure is wood and 6 feet tall and 9 feet wide, full of day glo offerings of flowers, liquor, bones and skulls. It's a phenomenal sight at night and through the 3D Chromadepth glasses we were handing out.
This is my huge altar (6x9') on display in my front yard, painted in fluorescent and lit with black light which of course, looks phenomenal at night. But looks EVEN MORE incredible when viewed through the 3D Chromadepth glasses we gave out to all the trick-or-treaters. That's right..... we gave out 3D glasses to view an already existing 3D yard.
It was an electric vodou wonderland with this large altar, a swamp, boneyard and smaller altars. Again though, viewing it through chromadepth glasses was awesome!
Just a quick shot of what I looked like for Beggar's Night (the trick or treat night before Halloween that we have here) that would match the outside display. It was quite chilly and windy that night, so I went for warmth over most anything else.
Costuming category really isn't the right place for this I realize, as I just pulled all the elements together rather spur of the moment, but I like.
"VooDoo Nights" is what finally emerged from one of my Sketch-A-Day pieces back in January. Once I started sketching her, I knew, eventually, I'd want to finish here once I figured out exactly how I wanted to go about it.
After tweaking her post a bit, correcting some flaws, and fleshing her out some, I ended up going with a more "traditional" Art Nouveau feel.
In the end, she ends up looking like a poster advert for absinthe, or for exotic nights in the Louisiana bayou.
She's mixed media: ink, Copic marker, tiny bits of white ink, 11x14 on paris bleedproof smooth vellum.
Prints and the original are available. Please note me if interested.
Spray on canvas, 3 coffee, 5 cigarettes. OST: Phunk Junkeez "Magnetic Mic Control" [link]
Haitian Vodou/ˈvoʊduː/ or /ˈvuːduː/, French: [vodu]; also written as Vodun /ˈvoʊduːn/, or Vodoun, and frequently rendered in English as Voodoo) is a syncretic religion that originates in the Caribbean country of Haiti. It is based upon a merging of the beliefs and practices of West African peoples (mainly the Fon and Ewe; see West African Vodun), with Arawakian religious beliefs, and Roman Catholic Christianity. Vodou was created by African slaves who were brought to Haiti in the 16th century and still followed their traditional African beliefs, but were forced to convert to the religion of their slavers. Practitioners are commonly described as Vodouisants [voduisɑ̃].
Houngans (Male Vodou Priest) or Mambos (Female Vodou Priest) are usually people who were chosen by the dead ancestors and received the divination from the deities while he or she was possessed. His or her tendency is to do good by helping and protecting others from spells, however they sometimes use their supernatural power to hurt or kill people. They also conduct ceremonies that usually take place "Amba Peristil" (under a Vodou Temple). However, non-Houngan or non-Mambo as Vodouisants are not initiated, and are referred to as being "bossale"; it is not a requirement to be an initiate to serve one's spirits. There are clergy in Haitian Vodou whose responsibility it is to preserve the rituals and songs and maintain the relationship between the spirits and the community as a whole (though some of this is the responsibility of the whole community as well). They are entrusted with leading the service of all of the spirits of their lineage. Sometimes they are "called" to serve in a process called "being reclaimed", which they may resist at first. Below the houngans and mambos are the hounsis, who are initiates who act as assistants during ceremonies and who are dedicated to their own personal mysteries.
A "bokor" is a sorcerer or magician who casts spells upon request. They are not necessarily priests, and may be practitioners of "darker" things and often not even accepted by the mambo or the houngan. Or, a "Bokor" would be the Haitian term for a vodou priest or other, working both the light and dark arts of magic.