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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Crossroads University: The Ancestor Doll

Male Ancestor-Doll
As many of my loyal readers may have noticed, I haven’t been blogging as much as I usually do lately. Well the reason for this is that I’ve been over at the Crossroads University learning a bunch of cool stuff.

I am currently enrolled in three classes, they are:

• Foundations of Southern Rootwork
• Foundations of New Orleans Voodoo
Spiritual Traditions of Marie Laveaux

I’ve been practicing Hoodoo for several years now, but I’ve enjoyed getting my hands dirty gathering gris-gris from various sacred sites such as bodies of water, graveyards, different types of cross-roads, etc…talking shop with my teachers Denise Alvarado and Madrina Angelique as well as all my classmates online. Yes its been a real pleasure going back and re-visiting the basics as well as learning new stuff that I can share with you.

One of the things that I would like to share with you today is the Ancestor Doll. The Ancestor Doll is a doll that represents all of your positive ancestors known and unknown and, for this reason, the doll will not have a face (see photo above) nor will its gender be evident. However, in some cases a practitioner will make a female ancestor-doll, a male ancestor-doll or one of each depending on their personal choices. 

To make an Ancestor Doll, sew a doll from the used clothing of a deceased relative or relatives. Alternately, if no such clothing is available, the doll can be made in white cloth. The doll can then be stuffed with bunting as well as those items that are usually found on an Ancestor Altar such as personal artifacts, graveyard dirt, copies of birth/death certificates, etc….If you don't have any personal artifacts for a deceased family member, simply write their full name on a piece of paper and include whatever pertinent information you have (birth/death date) as well as any happy memories or stories involving that person. In this way you are preserving the memory of that event/story and creating your own personal artifact.

To use the doll they are held, talked to, and can be carried with you when traveling. In this way the Ancestor-Doll is akin to a portable ancestral altar. The Ancestor Doll is the perfect choice for anyone who wishes to honor and work with their ancestors but who has a limited amount of space to work with or for those who must work in secret for any number of reasons.

I hope that you have enjoyed this teaser-lesson from Crossroads University. If you are interested in taking any of the classes I have mentioned or would like to know more about other available classes, please refer to the links below.  


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