My Conversation with a Voodoo Priest

Among the many crowded shops and apartments on Dumaine Street in the French Quarter on that lovely, unsinkable part of the city of New Orleans there sits, almost unnoticeable, the intriguing Voodoo Museum. My footsteps winded down this antiquated street and into this museum; I was hoping to learn more about this rare mixture of religion and superstition called Voodoo.

Inside, the rooms were decorated with all types of masks and little figurines of West African origin. In the front room sat a large, older white man. It is my interaction with this man that is the subject of this article. For though, the man looked as normal as any good-natured grandfather and as banal as a computer programmer, he was a powerful Voodoo priest who related to me some very curious anecdotes.

What is unfortunate is that he gave me his card, but I don't have the card with me and I completely forgot his name. So I will just call him the Voodoo Priest.

This Voodoo Priest lives with snakes. He has about 7 of them that he lets them run free up in his apartment above the museum. Most of them are pythons. One python is an albino. There, he lives, and sort of communes with all these snakes letting them slither every which way they want. I'm sure his sleep procedures are very interesting...well, as a matter of fact; I bet any type of procedure that goes on in his apartment is very interesting. To these snakes he holds absolute control over them. Except one, which is his pet Black Mamba, the most poisonous and deadliest snake in the entire world. With this dangerous pet, he keeps in a cage. All the other snakes respect him though, namely, because....well, and this may sound strange...but they know he to be one of them. Yes, this Voodoo priest is a not only a man but also a snake, a python, himself. That is what he would call his spiritual animal. What is ironic, is that before he told me this, the way he carried himself, his calm demeanor and his mesmerizing speech sort of reminded me of a snake. Then he related to me how during his priesthood initiation, in which he was the only white man to pass the final ceremony in West Africa, among the incense and the fires and the other priests, he took the form of a python. This is how the voodoo priests realize what their spiritual animal is.

Voodoo originally comes from the nation of Benin in West Africa. A large portion of the slaves that were brought over to the New World were into Voodoo. The practice of Voodoo never really died out but spread through much of the Caribbean and into the French settlement of New Orleans. This particular priest was not only a Voodoo priest, but was also brought up a druid, from the ancient Celtic pagan beliefs. His mother was initiated as a druid at Stonehenge. He went from the paganism from Europe to the paganism of Africa. -And finds some type of synthesis between the two.

Of Voodoo Dolls and Hexing People

Voodoo dolls were more or less used for helping people. But particularly in New Orleans the idea of cursing one with the pin-prick became popular. Many of the shops in New Orleans sell these dolls but they also sell their services at hexing people. That witch, that I met earlier had advertisement for this service. This Voodoo priest doesn't agree with the readiness of some of these practitioners of hexing people. He said it was evil to indulge in. I got a since that he didn't really like that witch; that he didn't respect her.

I asked him if had ever hexed anyone. He said that twice he has been mugged in the French Quarter, once with a gun and once with a knife. Well, these thieves touched him and from that point on he can work all types of things. He told me he would hate to be those guys. I asked him what he did to retaliate. He pointed to this African looking figurine up above a mantle shelf and said, "You see that figure. -That little god watches over this place if anybody does me any harm, I can send that god to give that person the worst nightmares...so horrible in fact that they will be induced to commit suicide."

Of Zombies and Bad, Bad Mojo

I have heard stores about how in Voodoo it is possible to raise the dead. I asked him about this. He said that it is done but that it is not a very good thing. They can only do it to a person that they drug with the poison of a blowfish and only within the first 3 days of their death. And then what is galvanized is not the person like they were before. But a zombie that has no will of its own. -A slave that will serve the practitioner in complete submission. He mentioned that there is a very, powerful dark Voodoo Queen that used to live in New Orleans but since Katrina, has moved to a little town in deep Canjun country called, New Iberia. This Voodoo Queen has filed all of her teeth to a point and supposedly has one of these zombies that is her slave. He told me that he has seen her bring back a dog the same way. I asked him about this Queen. He told me that she was the most evil, dark-hearted person that he knows. That she will hex death curses on people at the drop of a hat. He said that one day this Italian man came in his shop asking where he could find this Voodoo Queen. The Priest asked why he wanted to know where she lived. The Italian wouldn't answer directly, but said that he had some business. The Priest wouldn't give him the information because he knew how stupid it was of this Italian man to approach this dark queen. All the while, when the Voodoo Priest is telling me these things that strange sense of calmness and earnestness resonated in all of his speech.

Of Spirit Possession

I always heard about how Voodoo practitioners had evoked a spirit to come into them under certain rituals. I asked him about this. He said that that happens when someone who hasn't researched Voodoo enough suddenly opens that door. For once that door is open to that particular spiritual realm and the person is a novice, anything can come through. Then he told me the creepiest of stories. This priest does exorcisms also. One time he was called up North to cast a demon out. Whatever was inside the girl was extremely powerful. The Catholic priest that had tried to cast the demon out, ended up in an insane asylum. Then, this Voodoo priest looked point blank at me and said that he knew it was to be the spirit of Satan himself. I gasped. He said that he couldn't cast the spirit out but that it ended up killing the girl and thus finally freeing the girl's spirit from that of her capturer.

Of Other Likewise Weird Things

Our conversation bounced around such topics. Eventually he started talking about a great catastrophe that was about to occur in the 2012. What is interesting, is that his predictions correlate, with an ancient Mayan belief that in that same year horrible calamities were to occur. He then said, what many Christians would say, that God just simply wants to be remembered and that we have forgotten Him.

He eventually started to tell me that he knew that I was at a crossroads in my life that I was in a job that I didn't really see as my career...but I was only in it to pay the bills. He told me that I would be one of the survivors of the year 2012. I knew that he wanted me to become a customer of his and pay for a real reading in which he would tell me so much more... I will admit that it was enticing. Why didn't I do it? I simply didn't want to open that door.

In Conclusion

The entire religion of Voodoo is based on the fact that the Creator-God is so distant; he doesn't get involved with his creation. But there are spiritual entities between us and him and that man must persuade to do things. That is where rituals occur to manipulate these spirits.

Praise be to the God that I believe in who is not distant. Who is both here and now and is more powerful than the wickedest queen and evil spirit and who is more caring and closer than the kindest little demigod. That persuasion is not an option, nor manipulation. But that grace is everywhere and anywhere. That Jesus Christ is that door to that spiritual realm where none will be forsaken none will be chained, and none will be enslaved. Where His accessibility is open to all. Where darkness doesn't have its shadow and Light has its full day. Where all hope, all truth, all joy, all forgiveness, all wonderment, all beauty, all peace, and all love dwells and calls us His own.

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Sarena Fuller 8 years ago from Los Angeles

Thank you for this - what enjoyable reading!!


"Go" 8 years ago

I know this man. He is a sweet gentle soul. His name is Dr. John T. Martin.

Yes, I know he is a quite powerful vodoo priest but once when in great dispair I asked him what I should do. He told me to pray unceasingly to God and to wait and that he would light candles for me and pray too. That spoke volumes.

I really do appreciate John T.

You have described him well. His soft spoken way and intellect are very well described.

Thank you


Wonderer 7 years ago

I met him!

I was in New Orleans on holiday and i saw the museum. I walked in and said hi. he very welcoming and we started talking. We sat there talkin for a while and he offered to go fetch one of his pet snakes. I turned it down, due to me having a fear for snakes. I got to see the museum and found voodoo very interesting. Also its different than what everyone thinks it is.

He's a very interesting man and has a calm sort of mesmerizing voice.


seray30 7 years ago

That's really interesting of this man. I would really love to meet him. Do u have his email or phone number so i can contact him. thanks


tay railsback 7 years ago

do you have his email or phone number? thanks, tay


7 years ago

I would like to contact this man can u get his tel number or email? Thanks


LL 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing. I would also love to have his number if anyone has it. Thx


basquiat 6 years ago

You can contact him through the Voodoo Museum in New Orleans


Crispy 11 6 years ago

Thanks, you gave some interesting facts. I have a project on voodoo and this gave me some good info!!!


princesss 6 years ago

this is very interesting kind of like your bravery maybe i kind of wis it was me i like to experience new things and things i never tought existed in life


misunderstood 6 years ago

I,tried to contact and do business with Dr.John T. at the New Orleans Museum,and I'm glad that other people had a good experience in associating with him;I thought he was quite stand-offish and rude while trying to present my unique art-work.


cahoolessur 6 years ago

hello i am small holy man i had already done some miracle must see to belive dr friends


MissRaissa 5 years ago

Hello everyone, this was very interesting to read. There is only one name that is above every power and that is the name of Jesus. I really feel bad for all these voodoo priests who are being used for the kingdom of darkness. Anyone who is trying to contact that priest, I really beg and ask that you don't. These things only lead to destruction. If you need healing, deliverance, joy, peace, just turn to Jesus and he will give it all to you. Jesus is the way, the truth and the light, he is he who gives what the world cannot give. God is not distant, he cares and loves us so much that he sent his only son to die on the cross for our sins. Don't let these voodoo priests fool you. We are living in the end of times, the end is near, give your life to Jesus before it's too late. I pray that the peace of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ which surpasses all understanding will be with you all.


tineke 5 years ago

what a wonderful story.however i believe using spirits for evil is wrong.how can you contact this man?


Lauren 5 years ago

@MissRaissa please do not judge others religions for they may be right


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voodoospell 4 years ago from 1958 South 950 East Provo

Very informative hub .I am glad to read this hub.


elizerbet noel 4 years ago

can someone give me his email address i need him to help me with somethid.


Yaroslav 4 years ago

Hi guys.

I am from Ukraine and work on TV channel STV, our project is called "Psychic challenge" (more information about this project at http://bitva.stb.ua/ ) . We are searching for psychics, mediums,healers, all people who have some extra abilities for our new season. If you are such a person or you know or can advise some one,please write me on my e-mail adress. mazur.y@stb.ua I would appreciate this. Thank you for understanding


Anniebell 4 years ago

MissRaissa , I AGREE WITH YOU


Karen 4 years ago

I am Karen, My life was in a mess some few days ago and I ran around looking for solutions,used every single spell worker on the internet, spent untold amounts of money,In the end, discovered they are all fakes,Until a friend told me about him (priests Magibarabara)..I did decided to give him a try and that was when I finally found true happiness and result..

He does not advertise on the internet, has another job for income, has no set prices, makes no false promises and refuses to help anyone that cannot be helped and even helps for free sometimes..

He is a wonderful man and I am a testimony to that, he was the only person who actually gave me real results. He has magical spells and voodoos for what whatever situation you find yourself either love marriage, finance, job promotion ,lottery Voodoo, poker voodoo, golf Voodoo, Law & Court case Spells, money voodoo, weight loss voodoo, any sicknesses voodoo, Trouble in marriage, just to name afew that my mind could run to.. I really hope he doesn’t mind me advertising his contact on the internet but I’m sure any help/ extra work will benefit him. contact him at Magibarabara@gmail.com ..

Hope this helps everyone that is in a desperate situation as I once was.


Snazzy 4 years ago

Attention to Karen

Is he really powerful?


Cole 3 years ago

This man was my father's wrestling coach before he proceeded to New Orleans. I have heard stories from my dad being a first hand witness to John Martin and his rituals. He is not a person to speak down upon and you can ask many people in the French Quarter and they will agree with me.


unsundRurbire 3 years ago

We utilized to find high on life although lately I have built up any level of resistance.


unsundRurbire 3 years ago

My spouse and i utilized to obtain at the top of life although these days I have developed any level of resistance.


Futamarka 3 years ago

Невозможно предусмотреть все риски, которым может подвергаться наше преимущество изо дня в день. Предприниматель рискует своим бизнесом, хозяин тонзуры не всегда может избежать обмана в процессе ее продажи. Должностные лица, в чьи обязанности входит неукоснительное соблюдение буквы закона, порой совершают ошибки…Завивание преимущества для того и существует, чтобы свести к минимуму ущерб от неприятного события, избежать которого мы не в силах. Все это ни что иное, как суровая правда жизни, и к непредвиденным ситуациям лучше быть готовым заранее.


Orville Weinbach 3 years ago

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This is nicely said! !.

Nicely put, Thank you.


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Jolene Borel 3 years ago from New Iberia, Louisiana

Hey you guys, if you read his vampire page, which is the only other article Brian wrote, someone claiming to be his mother posted 11 months ago, which would be September 2012 that he died. The way she worded it bespoke of suspicious but unproved circumstances. I feel awful, because 3 years ago after I took the vampire tour in New Orleans, I found his site and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about his experience. Some of his info differed from the tour I took, as my tour was with a well seasoned woman! But, I think we both had a great experience. And now, today, I see that he has died. His mother blames his research about vampires. We should pray for his family. He himself was a devout believer in Jesus Christ, as am I.


Barbara Robichaux 2 years ago

The priest's name is John Martin, head of Charles Gondalfo's Voodoo Museum. He is a very kind and caring man who I am happy to call a friend. Just thought you might want to know as you lost his card.


Bianca 2 years ago

I met him around Halloween in New Orleans and really liked this man. He was sweet to me and very funny, the highlight of my trip. Here is a blog post that I wrote about my trip, he is included.

http://whitebebe.tumblr.com

Bianca Ambrosio

biancolina89@gmail.com


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Raelina 2 years ago

Dr. John T is a wonderful man. He is also a druid priest. I enjoy talking with him when I visit New Orleans. Aside from spiritual advice, he knows a great deal about the city and guides me to shop local and small - something I prefer to do.


Faith 4 months ago

How can I contact him

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