Dr. John Montanee: Patron of Ritual Drummers

Presented by Louis Martinie.

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.

















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