Louis Martinie

Louis Martinie is an author, liturgist, percussionist, a Spiritual Doctor and Drummer/Priest/Elder of the New Orleans VooDoo Spiritual Temple, and a primary drummer for the rituals of Priestess Miriam Chamani. He drums with the Mambo Muslima, Cabal Tambour Dan-i, Krewe of Nutria, and for the ritual shows of the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum, and has conducted ritual drumming workshops with Don DuFrane and Luis Manuel Nunez. He teaches and offers confirmation in an Order of Service to the loa that combines elements of New Orleans Voodoo with Tibetan Buddhism. A frequent presenter at both the Starwood Festival and the WinterStar Symposium, and the editor for Black Moon Publishing, Martinie' has been associated with the anarchistic grouping of ritual magicians known as Bate Cabal. His publications include Waters of Return (Black Moon), The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot (Inner Traditions/ Destiny), and the newly released, Priest's Head, Drummer's Hands: An Order of Service (Black Moon).

Dr. John Montanee: Patron of Ritual Drummers

Dr. John Montanee was one of the first and perhaps the most powerful of the early New Orleans Voodoo Drummers and Doctors (approx. 1815 to 1885). A historical and a folkloric discussion of Dr. John's life will be provided. The position of Dr. John as the Magus in the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot (Martinie and Glassman, 1992) and New Orleans Voodoo in general will be discussed. This will be followed by a description of a rite in which dust and waters from the Doctor's gravesite will be combined with his signatures and documents from his life to invite this great spirit to enter the head, heart, hands and drum heads of the ritualists.

Honoring the Magus: A Ritual to Dr. John Montanee, Drum Loa

An altar to Dr. John Montanee will be constructed and those attending will be invited to leave gifts. Dust and waters from the Doctor's gravesite will be combined with his signatures and documents from his life and used to invite this grand loa to enter and head, heart, and hands of the drummers and their drums heads. This ritual is meant to offer honor and respect to the good Doctor; to invite him to rejoin the community of living drummers...not to ask anything of him. It is a celebration of Dr. John's transition from "patron of ritual drummers (New Orleans Voodoo Tarot; Martinie and Glassman, 1992)" to drum loa. Attendance at an earlier session is helpful in the performance of this ritual though not necessary. Please bring any percussion instruments you may have. Dancers are very welcome.

The Question of Animal Sacrifice

The purpose of this session is to create a framework to help the practitioner to approach the question of animal sacrifice on the secure footing of systematic thought coupled with deep feeling. The pros and cons of the question will be examined. Gifts, presents, offerings, and sacrifices will be discussed as useful technical terms. Personal experiences of the presenter in New Orleans Voodoo and Tibetan Buddhism will be discussed in the light of Community. The presentation will be based on the text of Talking to God with Food; The Question of Animal Sacrifice (Martinie, 2012) which, contrary to the prevailing opinion, is not just another book on New Orleans cuisine.

Tibetan Buddhism and New Orleans Voodoo: A Discussion

Louis Martinie' spent 2000 to 2001 in Bloomington, IN, home of the Tibetan Cultural Center, on sabbatical to study how the Tibetans taught kindness to their children. After Hurricane Katrina, he refugeed in Bloomington for 2 years. During these times he developed an understanding of possible relationships between Tibetan Buddhism and New Orleans Voodoo. Special emphasis will be placed on the practices of taking refuge, and methods of making offerings.

















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