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Spirit bottles and spells have been preserved
in many cultures and traditions, but most
of what we know about them comes to us from
the practice of the hoodoo rootworkers and
conjurers who plied their trade years ago
throughout the rural South and parts of
the American heartland.
Most of the hoodoo man’s “prescriptions”
for repelling evil involved the use of visual
objects of one kind or another. It was not
uncommon to find rocks, wire fencing and
even old tires arranged in specific designs
meant to serve the dual purpose of attracting
fortune and keeping bad luck and evil away.
The most intriguing of these hoodoo artifacts
are now rarely seen though they were once
a staple part of the Southern landscape:
this is the spirit bottle tree.
The belief in and use of spirit bottles
can be traced back to 9th and 10th century
Congo where colorful bottles, traditionally
cobalt blue, were placed on the ends of
tree branches to catch the sunlight. It
was thought that when an evil spirit sees
the sunshine dazzling from the beautiful
bottles, it is enamored and enters the bottle.
Like a fly, the spirit then becomes trapped
within the bottle; too dazzled by the play
of light, the spirit prefers to remain in
its colorful prison, rather than trouble
the world of the living.
This long-standing African tradition was
brought to the Americas with the slave diasporas
of the 17th and 18th centuries and it is
a fact that everywhere there are peoples
of African descent, the use of spirit bottles
and spirit bottle spells can be found among
In Dahomey as well as in the Congo the spirit
bottles were often used to encase the spirit
of deceased loved ones; bottles also might
be used to contain protective household
spirits. These latter spirits, once encased
in the bottle, would be placed in a prominent
spot near the front door of the home where,
in exchange for their protection, the keepers
would make regular offerings to keep the
spirit fed and happy.
Once it was introduced to the West, the
native peoples of the New World readily
understood and adapted the spirit bottle
practice producing many different varieties
for a myriad of uses.
In Haiti, the African tradition of warding
off evil was adapted to trapping the spiritual
essence of everything from an animal to
a love object inside the bottle. Once trapped
inside, it was believed, the spirit was
at the command of the keeper – in
many instances a Bokor voodoo priest intent
on doing harm, but just as often a spirit
bottle might be kept by an amorous suitor
eager to make a certain loved one cleave
only to him or her.
Throughout Latin America the spirit bottle
or charm bottle could be easily recognized
by the elaborate painting and artwork that
often decorated the exterior. Some of these
bottles, dedicated to saints or Santerian
orishas, were kept for the purposes of healing
as well as good fortune and often medicinal
herbs and philters were kept in these containers.
It was commonly believed that the spirit
in the bottle would enhance the efficacy
of the medicine and help speed the recovery
to the keeper.
In the American South, local conjurers employed
bottles of many different colors; though
cobalt blue traditionally remained the most
popular other colors, such as amber, rose
and yellow were also used for specific purposes.
Often elaborate carved stoppers, reminiscent
of the protective ancestor bottles of the
African Congo, were placed on the hoodoo
man’s conjure bottles with each color
addressing a specific request or need of
In the Mid-Atlantic States and New England
the spirit bottle was familiar as the “witch
bottle” and served the similar purpose
of warding off evil spirits, in this case
the witch and his or her dangerous evil
eye. Philters were often stored in charm
bottles to enhance the potency of the medicine
but also to keep witches from tampering
with it. Tradition also dictated that some
bottles be encased in elaborate twined knots
which, it was believed, the intruding witch
could not resist unraveling, thus forgetting
all about the potion inside.
New Orleans own Zombie Spirit bottles also
had negative connotations among certain
rural populations where many feared being
trapped by in a bottle by the hoodoo man
to be perpetually under his command; bottles
such as these were a fearful discovery on
many doorsteps, including many a porch stoop
in old New Orleans.
Here, the multiple traditions of the spirit
bottles combined in a unique expression
of local beliefs and practices. Marie Laveau
often distributed her potions and cures
in magically charged bottles; only a few
genuine examples of her Zombie spirit bottles
are extant today and are extremely expensive
collectibles. More common are the homemade
bottles of Marie Laveau’s devotees
and of the local Cajun traiteurs: it is
not uncommon to find these antique examples
of local vodoun culture hidden with other
significant objects under floorboards or
behind bricks in many of the old Creole
cottages in and around New Orleans.
Today, the spirit, zombie and spell bottle
traditions are being kept alive by the descendants
of the original practitioners of the vodoun
culture in New Orleans, many of whom learned
the art of making and charging the powerful
bottles from relatives who were contemporaries
of the great New Orleans Voodoo Queens.
Plain, painted, decorated with elaborate
voodoo doll heads and arms or with simple
feathers and strings, all are equally as
potent and should be handled with care.
But if treated correctly, these unique voodoo
artifacts will become treasured possessions
of any collector.
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ghost or spirit is bound within each Zombie
Spirit Bottle having been captured by use
of a hoodoo ritual spell known only to Bianca,
the powerful New Orleans Voodoo Queen. Often
a bottle will contain more than one spirit,
but all are compelled to do your bidding
alone: once in your possession, it will
aid you alone and only you will control
the Zombie spirit residing within the bottle.
Bianca makes no claims as to the Zombie
Spirit Bottle dolls actually granting wishes
but does acknowledge that strange things
have been known to happen when one is in
possession of one of these unique fetishes.
The uses of the Zombie Spirit Bottles is
as varied as the imagination of the owner,
though many people like to place them beside
their front door to protect their homes
against evil; others are kept in a special
place on the mantle where they function
is similar to that of the house elemental:
they will aggressively protect any they
are commanded to serve. Others are given
special spots on home altars where they
are regularly fed with spicy meals and rum,
and where money is offered to them. Still
others are simply kept as Voodoo collectibles.
Many ghost hunters and paranormal investigators
have purchased or obtained Voodoo Spirit
Bottles for themselves and have subjected
the bottles to study to determine if there
is something paranormal about them. But
as Bianca says, the actual truth of voodoo
is in believing and many agree that a strong
belief is all that is required to receive
the aid of the spirits inside the bottle.
Many believers claim the spirits inside
speak or sigh and that strange, inexplicable
events of bad luck can occur when the spirits
feel neglected or unhappy.
Zombie Spirit Bottles can be kept for years,
however, many people claim they know when
their spirit wants to be set free of servitude.
When this time comes, Bianca claims, you
will know immediately and it is then that
the bottle should be taken out of the home
and broken, with the pieces buried at the
nearest crossroad or, alternately, in a
newly covered grave in any nearby cemetery.
Each Zombie Spirit Bottle is a one of a
kind creation and may vary in size, design,
and composition; all roughly measure 10-20
inches in height and can weigh up to 10
Zombie Spirit Bottles are ritually prepared
and then given to an artist to embellish
after his or her own unique fashion. This
means that each bottle is not only a Voodoo
curio but also a desirable and very collectible
example of New Orleans folk art. No two
bottles are the same and no matter what
style you choose you will not be disappointed
with the creation you receive.
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