Thursday, June 23, 2011

55 - St. John's Eve

The floor was alive with writhing serpentine bodies 
as the Queen stepped up to her altar 
and began her dance of worship. 
Followers ceremoniously 
knocked three times 
on the portrait of St. John 
and waited for the Queen’s signal. 
Yes, it was St. John’s Eve, 
but all this ritual just to order a Voodoo Doughnut?


June 24 is the religious celebration of St. John's nativity. An event created in the seventh century by Christendom in an effort to place a Christian brand on the pagan summer solstice celebration. All a part of that era's Christian plan to convert as many pagans as possible. Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau began a tradition of practicing voodoo rituals on St. John's Eve. A tradition that continues today in New Orleans.

Oh my God....I just gave historical background on a 55. I may have read one too many posts by the G-Man himself. For shame.
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30 comments:

hedgewitch said...

Those pagans have the best doughnuts. Nice one, MM. Also enjoyed the Farcebook cautionary tale, esp your 'status updates.'

Margaret said...

LOL. Silliness is the BEST way to educate. Also bribing with chocolate works!

Stranger said...

Now normally, I'm not a fan of donuts, but that one's draw is mighty powerful. I need to eat it. It just looks so yummy. Where can I get one of these?
I enjoyed the history lesson too.

G-Man said...

MM....
One of my Dreams is going to Voodoo Donuts in Portland.
There is a Maple Donut dipped in Bacon there...Just waiting for me.
KP...Never shirk your responsibility to educate the public, it's your duty as an Old Fart! I do it often as you well know.
Excellent 55 My Friend
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End!!

Enchanted Oak said...

I enjoyed the lesson, possibly because I noticed the St. John reference on my calendar and wondered what it was. Ask and ye shall receive.

Brian Miller said...

haha...so if i eat one of the doughnuts does it put a hex on me...smiles. nice bit of history monkey...

Mama Zen said...

I'm willing to do quite a bit for a doughnut!

Good one, Monkey Man!

Janna said...

Funny you should mention that... if you feel a sharp agonizing pain in a variety of body parts, it's me jamming an ice pick into my Monkey Man doll over and over again.
Nothing personal.
I do that to everyone who suggests that Mike Mills is old enough to be my father. ;)

He isn't.

Enjoy the ice pick while it lasts.
The microwave comes next.

Janna said...

By the way, the doughnut looks delicious.

Monkey Man said...

If you don't click on the link to Voodoo...you are missing out on a treat. G-man knows his stuff - there is a bacon maple bar that is awesome.

Serena said...

Delightful story! And I'd do all that for a box of Voodoo Doughnuts.:)

Alice Audrey said...

LOL. Bit I like all the footnotes, both by you and by G-man.

Pheromone Girl said...

I believe the Voodoo downtown does indeed celebrate this holiday. The line was out the door at noon. They were out of Bacon maple. No donuts this time... sorry.

Me said...

Yep, definitely reminiscent of the great G-Man, but with your own Monkey spin.

Hey...I think you might be on to something with that.

Your next challenge? Writing a 55 with exactly 160 characters...lol!

MorningAJ said...

Speaking as a Pagan I'd like the one with Froot Loops please!

My 55 are here

The Bipolar Diva said...

New Orleans! My Dad was from there and it's one of my favorite cities in the world!

Steve Isaak said...

Fun, interesting.

the walking man said...

I swear the Cooking channels have made that place internationally famous!

ScottF said...

I would love a voodoo doughnut.. Portland, Oregon right??

Great bit of history woven into a great 55!

joanny said...

Great one MM and I an especially prone to late night stopping at Voodoo donuts. May be we should send some to G-man?

joanny

yellowhousecafe said...

Simply delicious 55! I so dig the voodoo history and mystery to be found in New Orleans. Thanks for the background ~

yellowhousecafe said...

Simply delicious 55! I so dig the voodoo history and mystery to be found in New Orleans. Thanks for the background ~

kavisionz said...

And now you've made me hungry, monkey man... hungry for some chocolate doughnuts!

But I must say... any cultural bit interests me to the highest! So, thanks for this one...

Belinda Munoz said...

Evangelizing with donuts? Brilliant!

Kelley said...

I know I am silly and write silly posts, but I love, love, love history. And New Orleans. This was very interesting to me!

BTW, you can call me that name you brought up last week. I can't even remember what it was now.

Jingle said...

a delicious treat in 55 words.
apt match.

Leo said...

Yeah.. I want a chocolate doughnut right now too! Voodoo or no voodoo, I'm off to the bakery! :D delicious 55!

Unknown Mami said...

My mother says that on this particular eve, you can cut off a tiny piece of your hair and it will make the rest of your hair grow faster. She says he is the patron saint of hair. She says a lot of things.

moondustwriter said...

Haaaa - if you eat the donut do you become a voodoo doll by default????

Olivia said...

wooooooo!!
The candy was scary- almost like a voodoo doll!

Hugs xx