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The Monkey and Cock

The Sacred Monkey and Cock
A Rare New Orleans Voodoo Curio


The Rare Sacred Monkey and Cock Statue is said to possess the great Voodoo Magic powers of New Orleans. This rare and unique curio is said to grant it’s lucky owner three significant wishes over a three year period.


Local practitioners and devotees of New Orleans Voodoo believe the Sacred Monkey and cock to be among the most powerful of voodoo charms brining luck to its bearer. The Sacred Monkey and Cock also removes spells and reverses evil workings that may be sent your way.

 


The Monkey And The Cock

Rare Haunted New Orleans Voodoo Secret Curio

by William Brawley photos by Goldi Beals

 

From the dark, uncharted realm of African Voodoo secrets comes the tale of the legendary Sacred Monkey and Cock…

Passed virtually unchanged in form, generation to generation, this unique curio statue, the Sacred Monkey and Cock, is most closely associated with practitioners of New Orleans Voodoo magic. This mystic curio is deeply rooted in Yoruba mythology from the African continent and the voodoo magic of Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, whose powerful legacy still endures to this day.

The Sacred Monkey and Cock is a good luck curio and has a long history of bringing luck, love, wealth, health and many other benefits into the lives of those believers who revere the power of New Orleans Voodoo and who display the curio in a place of honor on altars or in their homes. Possession of the hand-carved dual images of the monkey and cock entwined in “The Dance of Jubilee” is said to grant three significant wishes over a three-year period.

Many times they are left at the tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau as an offering for others to take.


After the wishes have been granted one owner, those in possession of the sacred curio ritually endow it to another family member, or, barring this, ritually “abandon” it at a crossroads or gravesite where others may find and adopt it. For the new owner, the cycle of luck begins anew. Many people choose to ritually relinquish their Sacred Monkey and Cock curio at the tomb of Marie Laveau herself and it is usually a good omen to be the person who finds one there and claims it for their own. This will transfer the power and protection of the curio to the new owner under the most auspicious circumstances possible.


The rare and joyful Sacred Monkey and Cock is said to have originated with the African slaves who were dispersed throughout the world during the 17th and 18th centuries. Early examples of this carving have been throughout Haiti and the West Indies, where Voodoo first began to thrive in the New World. The oldest examples of the carving, often in wood or bone, have been traced to origins on the African continent in particular Congo, the area of West Africa most closely associated with the Voodoo religion.

The monkey represents the much-loved “trickster” figure of Yoruba mythology who goes by many names such as, Esu-Elegbara in Nigeria, Legaba among the Fon in Dahomey, Echu-Elegua in Cuba, and the familiar Papa Legba in the pantheon of Haitian Vodoun. He is also recognized as Exu in Brazil and Papa La Bas among the hoodoo rootworkers of the American South. His power is in opening the way for luck to flow from the world of the spirit and, as a trickster, to “fool” the future and turn it into anything he wants it to be. With the monkey working on your behalf, the future truly can be whatever you most fondly wish.



The cock or rooster has always been a sign of power in contemporary expressions of Voodoo and Santeria. The rooster is the favorite sacrifice offered to attract the favorable attention of the Lwas, voodoo spirits or saints. Additionally, the association of the virile cock with the potency of the male sexual organ adds to the fowl’s appeal as a suitable sacrifice for the sacrificial knife, the cock thus becoming a powerful sacrificial symbol. In addition, the cock is closely associated with the powerful Vodoun Lwa Ogun La Flamba, a spirit full of robust, rampant energy who revels in his ability to overcome obstacles and set things right.

Thus the Sacred Monkey and Cock depict the powerful spirits of Papa Legba and Ogun La Flamba engaged in a joyous dance of jubilee. This symbolizes that the way has been opened and obstacles have been overcome, leaving the devotee free to revel in the flow of benefits that follows. Relinquishing the curio after experiencing the successful working in your life is a way of allowing these powerful spirits to work their magic in the life of others, thus fulfilling their purpose and sharing the largesse of good fortune.

These curious little figures have become a significant part of the legend of the greatest Voodoo Queen to live in America, Marie Laveau of New Orleans. This most powerful of voodoo priestesses is said to have revered the luck-enhancing powers of this “dynamic duo” of Vodoun and even participated in crafting some of the curios herself. Many statues have been found at the famous burial tomb of this Voodoo Queen in commemoration of their use by her in many profound rituals invoking protection, wealth and health for her devotees. It is believed that the majority of Monkey and Cock figures found at the popular gravesite are placed there by direct descendants of the Voodoo Queen and her most intimate associates, her “secret sosyete” and circle of original followers.



Examples of the Sacred Monkey and Cock exist in stone, wood, wax, clay, plaster, bone, and (most rare) gold. Some have even appeared carved from soap and sandstone; some are painted and others are layered in gold leaf, with these latter kind being mostly from the time of the Voodoo Queen herself. Examples similar to the ones shown here have been dated back to the time of the Louisiana Purchase, when New Orleans was establishing itself as the greatest port city in America.

It has been said that the lucky powers of the Sacred Monkey and Cock statue are especially potent when given as a gift. When given to newlyweds it promotes luck and lasting true love in the marriage, even, in some instances, promoting fertility. When given to a stranger, as those placed at the tomb of Marie Laveau are meant to be, it brings tremendous good fortune back upon the original owner.

The day you receive this mystic curio is considered its “birthday.” On its birthday each year you have it in your possession it will grant you one wish, so it is important to mark this special day. The wish is said to be granted within the year before the statue’s next “birthday.”

The Sacred Monkey and Cock should be revered upon your altar to positive deities or displayed in a place of honor in your home. Doing otherwise will cause the benefits of possessing this little figure to come to you more slowly. However, if your wish is for an increase in wealth, the Sacred Monkey and Cock should “live” in a bowl or disk surrounded by money (a good way to ensure this is to empty your pockets or purse of change each day and offer it for the curio). If your wish is for love it is best to carry it with you (some wrap it in a small piece of red or pink cloth) and to hold it or whisper to it when you are in sight of the lover you seek. If protection is your wish, place the Sacred Monkey and Cock in a place near the front door or on the mantelpiece, displayed by out of reach of other hands. It will serve well as a protector of the household, but remember, it really likes granting wishes best of all.

And there is only one warning associated with keeping the Sacred Monkey and Cock: it must be set free on its third birthday or all that you have gained or wished for will be lost. This is the single cosmic rule associated with the curio, but it is a powerful one so it is wise not to disobey it!

Paranormal investigator and author William Brawley has amassed a collection of Sacred Monkey and Cock statues over the past three years. Some he found in local New Orleans cemeteries, others among the rocks along the Mississippi River and Bayou St. John. One was turned up in the grass outside a courthouse; another was located in the root of a tree at a local intersection. Brawley has collected twelve statues in several different mediums and has also purchased additional statues from Bianca, the reigning Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.



Under the direction of Queen Bianca, the Sacred Monkey and Cock Statues are still created as they have been for generations: hand-carved and ritually empowered by the Voodoo Queen herself in her yearly blessing ritual. Only after they have been “charged” by the ritual blessing of Queen Bianca are the Sacred Monkey and Cock Statues allowed to be dispersed to the public.

It was Queen Bianca who told Brawley that no one “should underestimate the power of this little charm. It was a favorite of Marie Laveau for a reason and it is nothing to joke about.” Queen Bianca went on to say that she considered the Sacred Monkey and Cock to be “one of the strongest New Orleans voodoo charms ever to come from the local

 

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