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The New Orleans Voodoo Handbook is Surprisingly Interesting, Accurate



Before jumping into Kenaz Filan's book on voodoo, a little context is necessary. I am a self-proclaimed “religion nerd.” Not only are the concepts, truths, and commonalities amongst the various religions of the world of interest to me; they are, in fact, my livelihood and life’s work as I am also a religious studies scholar. During my undergraduate years, I studied Religion & Philosophy, and now, as a graduate student, I am studying Catholic theology. For my senior thesis as an undergraduate – having the deep love for and connection to all things New Orleans that I maintain to this day – I jumped at the opportunity to pursue a project in “comparative religions.” More specifically, what topic did I choose to focus on? None other than the syncretic relationship of Catholicism and Voodoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Deep Space

Krewe of Chewbacchus Becomes a Faith



Hokey religions and ancient weapons may be no match for a good blaster at your side, but that's not stopping one krewe. The Krewe of Chewbacchus is now a charitable religious organization and the Drunken Wookie is their chosen deity. This week, the krewe proclaimed “The Cult of the Sacred Drunken Wookie” as the theme of their annual Carnival parade in 2015. The announcement will be celebrated with a big bash to release “The Book of the Wook: The Chewbacchus Coloring Book and Guide to the Cult of the Sacred Drunken Wookie”. The night will also fete the Grand Opening of Castillo Blanco, their new headquarters (and church) located on 4321 Saint Claude Ave.


Nobel Laureates Still Into Science


More than 40 Nobel Prize winning scientists sent a letter to Gov. Bobby Jindal today urging him to repeal a law that has been linked with teaching creationism in the classroom. The law, which allows teachers to use "supplemental materials" to teach questionable facets of science like, say, evolution and global warming, is widely seen as a move to get religion into classrooms across the Bayou State. Jindal said he didn't receive the letter, yet. Besides, he's busy considering more important matters to governing the state, like the one that wants to force candidates to submit their birth certificate.


Marigny Musings

God Is A Republican



     Yep, the secret is out.  All you heathen Democrats, Independents, Socialists, and all other third partiers better repent and switch affiliations to save your souls, for God is a Republican and anyone not voting the party line is sure to have cast their after-life to hell.


From My Folded, Praying Hands


Go ye to church, and do not leave at home thy firearm. State pride is once again poised for a surge as Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill into law that would allow people to bring guns to church. But don't worry, peaceful churchgoers. There's no reason to feel unnerved at every tap and click you hear coming from the pew behind you. The bill also requires ministers to announce at the beginning of the service that there may be guns in the congregation. Danger squelched!


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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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Linzi Falk

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Alexis Manrodt


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