by Paul Dale Roberts, HPI General Manager, Paranormal Investigator & Ghostwriter
HPI Paranormal Investigator Chantal Apodoca told me that she once feels she met a zombie in San Francisco. It was a Wintery night and Chantal went into a Mystic/Metaphysical type of shop and started browsing around. The store clerk came out to greet her and asked if he could help her. Chantal immediately thought the clerk looked bizarre. His eyes were glassy and his movements were somewhat robotic. When he wasn’t helping customers, he was reading a book about Voodoo. Chantal also noticed that on his cloth belt, there was attached 3 small brown primitive looking dolls. Chantal asked the clerk what the dolls represented. The clerk looked at her with his foggy drippy eyes and said they are ‘good dolls’. He would not elaborate further. As Chantal left the store, the strange looking clerk blew a powder substance in the air and mumbled something under his breath that sounded like chanting. Chantal felt uneasy and left the store quickly. To this day, she wonders if the clerk of this store was some type of zombie or if he practiced the Voodoo arts.
Note: In my research of ‘good dolls’, I discovered that in New Orleans, they use some Voodoo dolls as focusing tools. The dolls help enriching peoples’ lives with love, prosperity and good health. Most of these dolls are handmade and blessed by Voodoo practitioners, healers and spiritualists. So it appears that Voodoo dolls are not evil devices used only for revenge.
Further research that I conducted explains that the Voodoo doll is used to represent the spirit of a specific person. You can address the doll as if you are talking to that person, requesting a change in attitude, influencing the person to act in accordance with your wishes and your desires. Once in possession of an authentic Voodoo doll, you can request the doll to call upon powerful forces known as Loa. You can perform a simple but effective ritual to fulfill a specific dream or an urgent desire. This timeless ceremony is carried out to persuade the spirits to exert their influence upon the world.
Voodoo is an ancient religion that originates from Africa. Voodoo means “Spirit of God.” It is estimated that Voodoo has over fifty million followers worldwide. Voodoo flourishes in Brazil, Trinidad, Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, New Orleans and in private homes in every country in the world.
Voodoo believers accept the existence of one god. Below this almighty god, spirits (Loa) rule over the world’s affairs in matters of family, love, happiness, justice, wealth, revenge.
Today, a significant percent of the population of New Orleans partake in Voodoo rituals. The practice of Voodoo involves the blessing of a Voodoo doll by an experienced practitioner which allows the possessor of the doll to contact the spirits directly – requesting fulfillment in love, finance, career, family matters, etc.
Most Voodoo practitioners call upon these spirits from our hearts, summoning the gods, urging them to respond. So, as you can see not all Voodoo is bad. But, there is a case in 1972 (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) in which a woman by the name of Angelica Dominquez who was cursed by a Voodoo shaman. The Voodoo shaman placed her image on a Voodoo doll, along with a lock of her hair. By manipulating the doll, he was able to manipulate the deeds of Angelica and if this story is true, then does that mean that Angelica was a zombie manipulated by a Voodoo doll? She was not in control of her actions, she was being controlled by the shaman, which would put her in the category of ‘zombie’. Hmmm. Something to think about.
You’re traveling through another dimension — a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s a signpost up ahead: your next stop: the Twilight Zone! – Rod Serling – Twilight Zone.
Paul Dale Roberts, HPI General Manager, Paranormal Investigator & Ghostwriter
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