Dr. John Montanee, a New Orleans Voodoo.
Another important figure of New Orleans voodoo was Dr. John, a dark-skinned, stately man with a tattooed face whose alleged powers brought him thousands of clients.
Voodoo both fascinated and repelled the white New Orleanians who came to watch the public rites that were held in Congo Square until 1857, where Armstrong Park is today. (More secretive, nocturnal rites were held elsewhere.) Rumors of spirit possessions, snake worship, zombies, and animal sacrifices scandalized them. But in private, they would consult voodoo priests and priestesses. Modern scholars argue that voodoo was a way for African-Americans to exert influence over the white ruling establishment, a manifestation of suppressed power.
In modern New Orleans, the word “voodoo” is no longer feared as it once was; restaurants, sports teams, and concerts use the word as a marketing concept. Shops in the French Quarter and in other neighborhoods still sell voodoo products, and a lot of them are geared to people who only see voodoo as an amusing diversion. But even in commercial voodoo shops, today’s serious practitioners can find the oils, icons, and gris gris they need for their ongoing ceremonies and worship.
He is a Voodoo Doll worth having and honoring and a spirit worth working with.