Episode 5 : Mama Lola – Spirit For EVERYBODY!

A story of power, resilience and care and magic – we go back to the beginning of all consciousness to follow the genesis of voodou through dreams and under water, in Spirits, in Haiti and in Mama Lola, famed Voodu Priestess of Brooklyn.

Lola possessed by Papa Ghede; photo by Karen Brown

You probably wouldn’t expect to hear the name Tori Spelling on the Missing Witches podcast, but she might just be the reason some of you have heard of our next witch.

This is the story of how Marie Thérèse Alourdes Macena Champagne Lovinski – born in Haiti, pregnant at 14, former singer, sex worker and tobacco inspector, a woman who’s own face did not appear on the first edition of her biography – became the most famous Vodou priestess living in the United States today.  This is a woman who was given her last rites TWICE and lived to tell: If you know her, you likely know her as Mama Lola.

 

University of California Press

 

Mama Lola Resources

Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn, by Karen McCarthy Brown (Author), Claudine Michel (Foreword), April 2011

https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520268104

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB0mUYpDeZg

https://www.nytimes.com/1998/12/31/garden/where-the-spirits-feel-at-home.html

https://mobiananthropologist.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/ethnography-review-mama-lola-brown-1991/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mama_Lola

http://faculty.webster.edu/corbetre/haiti/voodoo/mamalola.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1oD5i-2oHY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB0mUYpDeZg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFUW0ALTMnY

 

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