Voodoo Queen Primitive Doll!

 

Mother Brigitte

 

This year's vacation has taken you to the exciting town of New Orleans. You've heard so much of it's history, as well as the 'dark stories'.
You want to see it all.
You want to experience it all.
Well, all except for the mud-bugs......
*shudder*.....

But you did enjoy stopping at the Cafe Du Monde and eating the delicious Beignets. The coffee was heavenly and the sounds of the street musicians filled the air. A casual glance at the city's tree tops revealed the many Mardi Gras beads, reminders of the infamous festivities.

A pleasing ride upon the famous St. Charles Streetcar conjures up the gritty feel of the movie A Streetcar Named Desire.
You try to imagine riding that streetcar......pulling up to your stop. The hot steam from the streets and the summer heat swirls up around you like a cloud. And as that murky cloud disappears, it reveals the blue-gray slums of the city. You imagine yourself walking into the uncertain adventure of the city.
You secretly smile to yourself......just dying to scream out....."Stella....Stellaaaaa".

You spend the day poking in and out of the various shops, looking at the Voodoo dolls and skimming the books that told of secrets and magic.
You see the various cookbooks on the local cuisine, millions of postcards, and other souvenirs and trappings that tell the world that you spent some time in New Orleans....The Big Easy.
Later on, you decide to take a long walk around some of the famous cemeteries. You could have taken the tour along with other tourists, but you wanted to venture there on your own.

You've heard the different murmurings of the town folks about a woman, a black magic woman who had special powers, and that she hangs out around the cemeteries.
And maybe, just maybe.......if you look hard enough, you just might find Miss Mother Brigitte.
Mother Brigitte (pronounced brih-ZHEET) is named after the Haitian goddess of death and cemeteries. In this regard she is the feminine aspect of a god named Ghede, also associated with death and graveyards.

You head for St. Louis Cemetery #1....where Marie Laveaux's tomb is located. Marie Laveaux is the most famous Voodoo Queen who ever lived.
It is said that if you visit her tomb, write three X's, or tap the tomb three times, then you can ask Marie Laveaux for a favor.

As evening falls, you embark on a journey. You travel through the woods.....through the mist and the low-level fog that clings to the earth's surface. Your lantern isn't much help as you look for the woman you've heard about in town.

A woman who is larger than life in the legends that surround her.

A woman who can fascinate the minds of those who seek her knowledge.

A woman who can tell the very future of people with a barely audible chant or the tinkle of a chicken bone wind chime.

You continue on with your journey, taking hesitating steps.....owls are hooting and strange birds are calling....but are they warnings for you, or for the mysterious woman near the edge of the cemetery?
You hear the rustling of the leaves as the wind blows and you swear you hear a name whispering out......

Brigitteeeeeeeeeeee....

Strange markings and small crude symbols tell you that you are on the right path......is it the right path for you?
You follow the signs and symbols anyway....your curiosity has gotten the best of you.

Suddenly you hear a frightening cackle coming from behind an old dead tree. And just then an arm thrusts out and places a doll beside one of the crooked headstones ......the arm swiftly disappears. You hear something scurry away.
All you can do is stare at the strange doll and try to figure out what it means. You begin to study her appearance.....you move closer to her...
The wind had told you her name........Mother Brigitte.

 

At 28 inches tall, she's a primitive-looking doll.....with a black floral print dress and muslin pantaloons.

 

She also wears a hand-crocheted burgundy shawl around her shoulders. It stays tucked into place just under her arms, and hangs low down her back.

And hanging beside her shawl was a red rabbit's foot.

 

Mother Brigitte is also wearing a very interesting apron, which is made from 'aged' muslin.
When she arrives at her destination, she will offer you some tea. When you drink the tea, she'll take the loose leaves, drop them on an old tree stump at the very stroke of midnight, and read your fortune.

 

And Mother Brigitte comes prepared. She has a wood suitcase that she takes everywhere she goes. It's full of her 'wares'. It measures 5  X 4 inches high and  7 1/4 inches long.

 

You approach the small chest and peer inside.

 

You see wonderful things. You see potion bottles, a strand of dried fruit, a pipe, and you can only imagine what she does with it all.

 

 

Next you see a small black Bible.


And speaking of tea leaves that she reads..... Inside of the small chest is a very tiny softwood box with 15 grams of loose Blueberry Tea, the best in the world.
(I drink this same Blueberry Tea every morning)
:-)  
She always comes prepared to work her magic and fortune telling.

You continue to marvel at her 'implements of magic and mystery'.

 

You see an array of papers and diagrams and a Palm Reading card.

 

Next you see tiny potion bottles of Lemongrass, Belladonna leaves, Lavender, and Juniper Berries.

 

You give a closer inspection of the larger potion bottles...they are filled with an Herbal Healing Spell Mix, and a Love Herbal Spell Mix...and both bottles are topped with cheesecloth and tied with twine.

 

A small sewing basket is also inside the suitcase. It contains fabrics, scissors, thread, and a tiny pincushion with pins. There's even a tiny measuring tape.

 

Then you see a tiny glass bottle with even tinier dolls inside. It really makes you wonder why they are in the bottle. What spell had been cast upon them?

 

You look back to the doll and also see a small purple mesh bag near the left side of her apron. It's her 'Tarot Card' bag.

And inside the bag, once you've loosened the draw-strings, you see her deck of small Tarot Cards. They measure 1 1/4" X 3/4".

On the right side of her apron is a chicken. She uses the chicken for her rituals.

 

Next you see a small blue Raku Skull Head bottle-bead. And there's also a black skeleton and some tiny green candles that were hand made in the North Carolina mountains.

 

And there beside the chicken is a strand of coins that are connected. You also see a wooden cross hanging on some chain.

Also on her apron is her small red Maraca. She uses this when making her spells and charms. The sounds of the Maraca will frighten away the unwanted evil spirits.
Unless, of course, you WANT them there.


Then you see her red lantern in her right hand. She uses this lantern while traveling at night.
She ALWAYS travels at night.

 

Many of her items on her apron hang from her metal belt.

 

Also, hanging from her twine belt, you see an authentic 'Pre-Katrina' New Orleans Voodoo Doll. It's about 5 inches tall, not including the tall feathers.

There's also a skeleton that's been hand-stitched to her apron. One can only guess what she does with THAT.

 

And hanging beside the large Voodoo doll hangs an even smaller Voodoo Doll that also comes directly from New Orleans.

And then we have the doll herself. Her head, arms, and legs are painted black and then sanded. Her nose has been made separately, stitched into place, and sculpted in. She also has scary green eyes, beneath her drooping eyelids. Her mouth has been made separately and then sewn into place and tinted, for color.

When that process was finished she was then waxed and buffed. This gives a leather-like 'feel' and appearance.

 

Here on her chest we see a collection of several 'charms'...several Ouija Board charms, a hand, a key, a clock, and a charm of a Fortune Teller and her Crystal ball. 

 

And just look at her scary cross pendant with an eye in the middle.

 

As you can see, she wears huge metal earrings.

 

She even wears a small bracelet. 

 

And after all you've seen, what will you do? Will you take her home with you?

But DO keep this in mind....should you want to use the Voodoo Dolls.....
.......what goes around, comes around.
The use of magic brings about much responsibility.
Remembering this will help keep you balanced and to never forget to not abuse the powers of Miss Mother Brigitte.

 

What will you do now?
Do you take the doll home with you?.....holding the key to vengeance for your enemies, or untold pleasures for your loved one....or just because she'd look great in your home, and you know she would.

......or do you leave the doll on it's uncertain path?....to be found by another wanderer through the swamp?
You are at the cross roads....and the decision is yours.......

Brigitteeeeeee...........

 

Copyright August 3, 2003 and April 26, 2011 Catt Alexander

 

You might be surprised at how heavy this doll really is. She doesn't stand by herself, she hangs with a hang string on the back of her neck. I used to include the heavy wooden stand that I use, but the shipping costs too much these days.
 
 
Disclaimer: I don't claim to know anything about all this stuff, I just write the stories and make the dolls.
I research some things on the internet, and I make up some other things.
This story and the 'spooky' aspect of this doll probably isn't true at all.
:-)

 

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