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New Orleans Construction Worker Finds Rare Collectible 14 Karat Gold Leafed Monkey and Cock Statue Buried in Hurricane Katrina Mud on Damaged Canal Street Sidewalk!

 



“I never felt luckier!” says local Ray Eslick. “I’ve seen them before and always wanted one – now it looks like one found me!”

While assisting other workers in a repair survey in downtown New Orleans, local construction worker Ray Eslick caught sight of something shiny in the scaled, caked-on mud near the edge of a Canal Street sidewalk. Grabbing a small survey pick, Eslick instantly went to work to uncover the mysterious object. When he pulled it from the dirt, Eslick found, to his amazement, that he held in his hand a rare and much sought-after old New Orleans Voodoo Charm: a 14-karat gold leafed Sacred Monkey and Cock Statue!



Said to be one of the most powerful totems of New Orleans Voodoo, with a history that can be traced back to Voodoo Queen Marie Laveaux, and beyond, the Sacred Monkey and Cock is famous for granting its owner three wishes in a three year period. The golden Monkey and Cock, however, is said to grant the owner three wishes almost as soon as it is found.

Eslick, who is employed with Boh Bros., a local construction company that has labored continuously since the onslaught of Katrina to help the city of New Orleans recover and rebuild, believes his find to be an indication that “the powers that be” are smiling on the work he and his colleagues are doing.

“I think it’s a positive sign,” Eslick said as he displayed his find to crewmembers gathered nearby. “I know we’ve been working hard to get this city back to the way everyone wants it to be. I hope this is a sign that we’re going to be able to do that.”

The little figurine, depicting a monkey and a cock (or rooster) dancing in celebration, is legendary for its ability to bring good fortune, love and health to its bearer. A “wishing curio,” the Monkey and Cock Statue is nonetheless designed to be shared: when the recipient receives his or her three wishes (usually at the end of a three year period), the owner is then obligated to hand the little curio back to the spirits by “abandoning” it for some other lucky person to find.

Monkey and Cock Statues should be left at a crossroads or other familiar place, or at a gravesite. This is why many such statues are found among the graves in New Orleans cemeteries, and at the tomb of Marie Laveau in particular, the Voodoo Queen who is credited with popularizing the curio during her reign.

Today Bianca, reigning Queen of New Orleans Voodoo, is the main reliquary of knowledge concerning this strange curio, its powers and origin. Most modern versions of this ancient symbol are produced by associates of Queen Bianca who are members of the secret voodoo sosyete she maintains as a descending queen from Marie Laveau. Each year, Queen Bianca conducts ritual blessings of the statues, hand-crafted in everything from plaster to gold, and oversees their distribution among voodoo devotees and other lucky people. Bianca has only very recently allowed a wider access to these unique New Orleans talismans by placing them for sale online.

Eslick knew a little about the history of the statue from his grandmother whom, he says, once had her own Monkey and Cock.

“I can’t tell you what happened to that thing,” Eslick said. “Of course, I was little and I didn’t know anything about having to give it back [after the three year period]. Now I understand completely.”

Asked if he would observe the ritual and abandon his find when his three years are up, Eslick hesitated and then replied, “Well, if I want to have good luck, I guess I’m going to have to. But I think my grandma would want me to do that, so, yeah, I’m going to give it away when I’m supposed to.”

In the meantime, however, Eslick intends to look forward to having his wishes fulfilled and to enjoying them when they do.


Expectant Mother Finds Sacred Monkey and Cock Statue in New Furnishings – Takes It As a Sign that New Baby is Important to Rebirth of New Orleans!

 


Like most New Orleanians, Colleen Decoubier evacuated with her family when Hurricane Katrina threatened New Orleans in August 2005. Over the intervening months, Decoubier, pregnant with her first child, agonized over whether or not to return to her hometown, a place she had known from childhood but which now seemed foreign and desolate.

Eventually, the decision was made for her when her husband’s company became deeply involved in the recovery effort, requiring the couple to return to New Orleans.

Though they could not return to their original home, lost to the floodwaters of the 17th Street Canal, the Decoubiers were able to find a “reasonable facsimile,” says Colleen, and determined to “start over, just like everyone else.”

“Everything needed to be replaced,” said Colleen, including the furniture and baby items she had been accumulating in anticipation of her baby’s arrival.

“We had to wait for stores to open,” she says, “but eventually more and more locations came back. Before the storm, I had been planning the entire nursery around an antique baby-bed that we had purchased from some friends of my parents – a Victorian bed in a turn of the century style nursery. Of course, that bed was destroyed when the water came.”

Decoubier was intent on recreating her dream nursery just as she had envisioned it before the storm, and she began to search for a new baby bed among the antique shops in and around Magazine Street in New Orleans. The search, however, continued to be fruitless. Then her luck changed.

Standing in one of the endless post-Katrina grocery lines at a Metairie supermarket, Colleen ran into a friend whom she was grieved to learn had lost her grandmother during the storm. The sweet elderly woman had drowned, Colleen learned, when she had refused to leave her Gentilly home.

“We’ve been going back there cleaning up and going through stuff,” the friend said. Then a sudden thought came to her. “Would you like to have a baby bed?”

This was the first turn of good fortune in weeks and Colleen was especially excited when she and her husband went to pick up the antique, Victorian baby bed. It, and several other pieces, had survived the floodwaters in the attic of the elderly woman’s home.

“I was happy to take it,” Colleen said. “I remember my friend’s grandmother as the sweetest person, so I was overjoyed to take something that had been so important to her.”

Colleen did not realize at the time that fortune was about to smile again.
When the bed was brought into her home, the first thing she did was go through the bedding, pulling it out so that she could replace it with something fresh for the new baby.

To her amazement, there, under the tiny mattress, lay a strange little statue: a genuine Sacred Monkey and Cock curio!

“Who knows how long it might have been there?” says Colleen. “I think it was meant for me to find it!”

Coincidentally, Colleen Decoubier, known to many as Madame Decoubier, a seer and intuitive, is descended from a long line of New Orleanians who can trace their ancestry back to French nobility and includes among her relatives descendants of the Marigny and Bienville families. Another interesting fact, which Colleen finds not so coincidental, is that, in her lifetime, Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau was hairdresser to the Decoubier females.

“I completely understand this find to be proof that Marie Laveau is still looking over us on a very personal level,” says Colleen. “I had serious misgivings about returning to this city and having my child born here. Now I have no doubts at all: finding this Monkey and Cock has erased all my misgivings!”

The new baby is due “around Mardi Gras,” says Decoubier, who is quick to point out how much a time of renewal and celebration this particular Mardi Gras season will be for the battered city.

“I think it means renewal all around,” she concludes. “It’s safe to go forward from here.”



Metairie Florist Finds Sacred Monkey and Cock Good Luck Voodoo Curio on Shop Doorstep – Vows to Display Statue for All to See!



Harriet Cross, owner and operator of the Flower Basket LTD. Florist in Metairie, was astonished to find a Sacred Monkey and Cock Statue sitting on her doorstep when she went to open this past Saturday morning.

With no one around and no clue as to who might have left it there, Cross was at first puzzled by her find.

“I had to look at it really good for it to sink in,” she said. “Then I remember seeing something like it at my aunt’s home when I was younger.”

Cross related that her elderly Aunt Bertha had been known for her large collection of porcelain and plaster figures, some run of the mill, whimsical, and others one of a kind. The Monkey and Cock of her childhood memories came vividly to her mind.

“I remember my Aunt Bertha bringing it to show my mother,” she said. “She [Aunt Bertha] was all excited about it, but my mother wasn’t happy to see it. You have to understand,” Cross explained, “she grew up a strict old-Protestant and was taught not to trust other religions. She was afraid of things like voodoo; she was very superstitious in that way.”

But Cross remembers her Aunt Bertha having no such fear of the curious little object. “She seemed to know about it already. I even remember her talking to her neighbor about it.” Bertha’s neighbor, it turns out, was an elderly black woman named Pearl, and Cross believes it was Pearl who must have told her aunt the facts about the fortune behind the Monkey and Cock statue.

This is all Cross could think about when she found her own Monkey and Cock sitting on her doorstep. She took it as a good omen, even possibly a message from a favorite Aunt that things are going to get a lot better.

“Well, everything’s been slow,” Cross said, looking out her shop window at the sparse traffic. “Not a lot of customers. A lot of my regular people are still displaced. Some are slowly coming back. But it’s been very disheartening, to say the least. For instance, when I first opened, about a month after Katrina, the only business I was doing was to funeral homes.”

Cross said she sent out her first “New Baby” plant just two weeks ago, and it was the first glimmer of hope she’s had since the devastating storm. Finding the Monkey and Cock, she says, was the second.

 



Cross has decided to share her good fortune with her friends and customers in the form of a window display featuring the Monkey and Cock Statue as a centerpiece. “I think it’s the only way I can really share it with everyone,” says Cross. “That way people can come by and see it and feel like they’re a part of the experience.”

 

 


With the Chinese Year of the Rooster coming to an end on January 29th, Cross feels it is appropriate to celebrate the passage of the Old Year (a particularly bad year for most people in South Louisiana) by placing her good luck Monkey and Cock Statue clearly facing the coming of the new.

“If that monkey’s dancing,” Cross laughed, “then he can keep dancing and bring all the luck back that got washed away!”

Cross hopes the new Year of the Dog will be better for everyone; she believes that finding such a lucky New Orleans Voodoo curio is just a taste of what’s to come.

“We’re rebuilding and moving ahead,” she says, “but there’s definitely a lot of milestones left in the path from last year. I hope my Monkey and Cock will help me to get around those. Lord knows, we need all the help we can get!”

Harriet Cross’s Sacred Monkey and Cock Statue will be on display in the front window of her floral shop, The Flower Basket, Ltd., located at 731 Bonnabel Blvd., in Metairie, LA Visitors and the curious are invited to stop by and view the statue and are encouraged to leave coins or other small offerings to be placed in the window display.

The Flower Basket LTD. can be contacted directly at (504) 833-9773



Monkey and Cock Adorns Altar at Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo Famous Voodoo Shop!



Anonymous Donor, Excited and Teary Eyed, Gives Monkey and Cock as Gift to Local New Orleans French Quarter Voodoo Museum!


Haunted New Orleans Tours has received information about additional Sacred Monkey and Cock Statues turning up in significant locations in New Orleans.

One keen observer recently spotted a statue on the Voodoo Queen’s altar at the famous Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo on Bourbon Street. Although the appearance of Sacred Monkey and Cock Statues is common at Laveau’s famous gravesite, this is the first recorded instance of such a statue openly placed on an altar in the building that was once her home.

Reports are also surfacing of an anonymous donor entering the famous New Orleans Voodoo Museum on Dumaine Street and gifting the proprietor with a Monkey and Cock Statue, circa 1970, rumored to have once been in the actual possession of reigning Voodoo Queen Bianca. At press time, we are still trying to track down the anonymous donor who was described as “shaking excitedly with tears in his eyes” as he turned over the little statue to the Voodoo Museum.



Sacred Monkey and Cock Statue Findings Good Omen for City of New Orleans?

Everyone who has had the good fortune of finding a Monkey and Cock curio has expressed the overwhelming belief that these unexplained findings are an omen of good fortune for New Orleans and the region.

Each lucky treasure holder was exhilarated by the find and immediately felt an improvement in their outlook about the future in general, and their future in particular.

Could this strange phenomenon be connected in some way to the recent sightings of the ghost of famous New Orleans Voodoo King, Chicken Man, and to other portents sited by local psychics and mediums as evidence that New Orleans’ powerful ancestors have arisen to aid and protect the famous city?

Haunted New Orleans Tours is determined to bring you all the information possible on this amazing phenomenon as it becomes available to us!

If you encounter a Sacred Monkey and Cock Statue, or know someone who does, please contact our site as soon as possible and we will be happy to tell your story!



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