Louisiana Superstitions are they true?

A unique part of Louisiana’s heritage and culture are the many superstitions. Yes, like many cultures Louisiana has many superstitions. The roots of these superstitions are sometimes African, Native American, Caribbean, or from the Southern USA in general. If you were #1. Raised in Louisiana or possibly #2 in the Deep South or #3 Family is from Louisiana you’ve heard some of these…

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#1. The Broom: There are many superstitions around the broom. I heard as a child, don’t sweep anyone’s foot with a broom, if you do, it is extremely bad luck.

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#2. The underwear: In some rural communities in Louisiana, it is said, if a woman wants to keep her man, all she needs to do is bury his underwear in the yard and he will never leave.

shoes

#3. Don’t buy a man shoes: Or if you do, he will be walking out the door, for good. (I unfortunately had an ex buy me shoes, please note I said, “ex”)

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#4. Borrowing salt is BAD luck: so if your neighbor comes and ask for some salt….

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#5. You never put your purse on the floor or you’ll always be broke.

Below are a few more superstitions we received from comments on one of our Facebook Pages. 

#6. If a bird found a strand of your hair and use it to build a nest you will go crazy.

#7. Don’t eat out of a pot because you will never get married!

#8. Never walk around with one shoe, you’ll walk someone out of the family, never wear your shirt inside out, if so fix it before noon or you will have bad luck

#9. If your right hand itch, money is coming to you

#10. Don’t put your shoes on the bed

…..comment on what you’ve heard growing up!

-Jambalaya Contributor

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MTV, Cajuns & Creoles are waiting!

Have you seen MTV’s new series, Rebel Music? A documentary about the youth of today standing up for noteworthy causes through music. The show focuses heavily on social and cultural issues. The latest episode focuses on Native Americans in the United States & Canada. The episode was very informative, uplifting, and thought provoking. I am so glad to see MTV do this type of work, we need MORE OF IT, MTV, when will you come and highlight the movement of Louisiana Creoles & Cajuns working to preserve their ancestor’s land? Their ancestors language? We would love to see one done about Louisiana’s ethnic heritage. Until then, YOU MUST WATCH their latest episode, it is a must watch!

Before you go, MTV, here is why we think Rebel Music should showcase Louisiana’s Creole & Cajun Communities:

#1. Our families were in Louisiana BEFORE it was an American state, I personally can trace 7 generations back…

#2. Our people are working to bring awareness and encourage the masses on regaining our heritage languages

#3. Our history is unlike the rest of America, because our society wasn’t founded on Anglo-Principles but in the context of a multicultural-Latin society

#4. We have many young artists working to preserve our culture

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Cajun & Creole Seasonings you cannot do without…

The BEST TIME of year to eat & cook Louisiana food is now. The months of November – February has Creole cuisine written all over it. However, the seasonings are crucial to add flavor to Louisiana cuisine and virtually any cuisine. With that being said, let’s discover which seasoning you will need during these cold holiday weeks coming ahead.

#1. Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning: A staple seasoning from Opelousas, LA that can be found in virtually any grocery store especially throughout the southern states. I LOVE Tony’s…in my house, we always have a can, I do mean ALWAYS.

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#2. Slap Ya Mama’s Cajun Seasoning: I recently have gotten hooked on this seasoning. I have it next to my Tony’s. This family recipe from Ville Platte, LA, so it has South Louisiana written ALL OVER IT.

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#3. Zatarain’s Creole Seasoning: If you are looking for a taste of New Orleans, grab some Zatarain’s and ensure your food doesn’t have a boring taste!

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Comment below on YOUR favorite Louisiana seasonings!

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Voodoo the religion of Louisiana?

Yesterday at a DSM-V conference a therapist academic who shall go Unnamed made a erroneous correlation between my people and Voodoo as he poorly attempted to describe the necessity of the new categorical and distinctive levels for rendering diagnoses. It should be noted I addressed the issue during the Q/A session, and apology was rendered swiftly although not to my satisfaction, but accepted nonetheless.

The presenter’s  statement was in regard to a client he worked with from Louisiana. During a session, This client utilized a doll to invoke a curse by taking hair from the individual he disliked. This is more than likely not a accurate depiction of what the client was doing during the time In the session, which is why cultural awareness of different groups are important before arriving to erroneous interpretations. 

His comment was unfounded and offensive to the legacy of Louisiana Creoles of African descent. Let this post serve as a teachable moment- “Making generalist connections with no empirical evidence to support your hypotheses is a big no no in the statistics and academic world” Further, Voodoo is a religious practice a small minority in Louisiana subscribe to, it erroneous to assume all Louisiana Creoles of African descent from Louisiana practice in this faith.Christianity has had a stronger presence among Descendants of Louisiana Creoles than any other religious institution.

For those who perceive the Black community as a monolith, challenge this notion with hope of changing your own respective cognitive dissonance. There are inherent differences within Black communities that must be respected and acknowledged. With this said, racial labels create social spaces that can have negative and positive attributes.

Instances such as this are reasons research in race relations in all arenas are not only necessary but required so that we can be culturally attuned to the pulse of marginalized groups.

-Raymond Adams 

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Nightlife for Louisiana lovers in Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles

Louisiana folks love to pass a good time. It doesn’t matter if you live in South Louisiana, or your family has migrated to Chicago, if you have Louisiana roots, the sounds of Jazz & Zydeco run through your veins. Back in the day, Louisiana was dotted by rural Creole Zydeco clubs, Blues Joints, and Jazz spots around the city of New Orleans. Today, things have changed a bit. The state still has a few rural Zydeco clubs, several Jazz spots in Nola, and places in Shreveport & Baton Rouge still have Blues nights!

But, with Louisiana people moving out of Louisiana for decades, the music has followed. There are Creole spots in Houston, places all New Orleans natives in Los Angeles hang out, so where are these spots?

We decided to take a look at the THREE most popular cities outside of Louisiana according to our readership demographics, the order is alphabetical: Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles.

Dallas, Texas

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Daiquiri Shoppe: Excellent for Saints game, but anytime is a good time for a true Daiquiri in the Big D, this spot is known to bring out the New Orleans/Louisiana folk across the DFW metro. You may even catch REBIRTH Brass Band here on a special occasion, The Daiquiri Shoppe has two Dallas area locations: Grand Prairie and Carrollton.)

zdee (Cafe 4212, with our Creole R&B Friend, Z-DEE)

Houston, Texas

Cafe 4212: Houston is geographically located in the Southeastern Texas region, but for some, it maybe confused for Southwest Louisiana. The city has been a top destination choice for Louisiana residents migrating since the 1920s. With that being said, Cafe 4212 has been a Jazz & Zydeco favorite for years….

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Los Angeles, California

504 Bar: This city maybe known for making movies, but it has also attracted thousands of Louisiana folk over the past 60 years. So many in fact, a thriving cultural-center for Louisiana based business is supported. The L.A. metro is home to Louisiana based restaurants, bars, and festivals, even a Miss Teen Creole celebration. One of those bars is the 504 Bar in Hollywood, a local spot for some beer and Saints! #YesIndeed #GeauxSaints

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West Coasters try Louisiana Food

In the south we eat everything, especially those from or roots in Louisiana. In Louisiana the olden days didn’t provide McDonalds, TV Dinners, and fun snacks. However, Louisiana provided mudbugs and frogs.

The state of Louisiana has a strong rural history and even today, Louisiana has a large population of residents living in small towns and villages. The culture of Louisiana is heavily tied to the land. The land has provided Louisiana food for centuries and continues to be a staple in Louisiana diaspora households, indeed.

Here is a Buzzfeed video of West Coasters trying some Louisiana food, or as Buzzfeed says, “Cajun Meats”.

What do you think? West Coasters can they hang with those BAYOU Foods? Now, I will say this, there are MANY people apart of the “Louisiana Diaspora” on the West Coast, but these individuals in the video….may not be ready to live off the land in Southwest Louisiana.

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Louisiana’s second language isn’t Spanish

In our country diversity is everywhere. There are few places left in the United States where there isn’t some form of ethnic, racial, or cultural diversity. There are populations of Vietnamese families in small Oklahoman cities. There are populations of South Americans in Pennsylvania, in saying this, our nation continues to grow diversely each and every day. With great cultural diversity, comes linguistic diversity. In each state but seven, Spanish is the most spoken language other than English.

The history of Spain & Mexico in the Southwestern states is part of the reason. Another reason is because of growing Latino communities, many whose roots lie in Mexico, Central America, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. For these reasons the Spanish has continued to grow and flourish in many American communities.

All be it, Louisiana is one of seven states where Spanish isn’t the second most spoken language. In fact, another language is more spoken than Spanish and many communities are working to continue it’s longevity. The language we are talking about is French. The French heritage in Louisiana is strong and visible. The city names of Louisiana like Lafayette and Thibodaux are prime examples. Not to mention, the food names are in French like Étouffée and Beignets.

Louisiana is and continues with strong efforts to preserve their heritage language. Today tens of thousands of Louisianians regardless of race continue to converse in French. However, there are many more whose parents, grandparents, and ancestors spoke the language. Below is a list of 4 organizations/programs working to preserve Louisiana’s Francophone heritage.

Below is a map from SLATE about the Most Commonly Spoken Languages Other than English in each state.

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1. CODOFIL’s (Council of French Development in Louisiana) French Immersion Schools: Yes, schools across South Louisiana are being dedicated for students speaking and learning in French.

2. Louisiana Creole Dictionary Online: A new online platform for those learning/wanting to learn Louisiana’s Creole language.

http://www.louisianacreoledictionary.com/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f

3. Tables Francais: Gatherings of French speakers to converse in Louisiana’s heritage language, these events often take place in several communities across Louisiana.

4. Festivals: Festival Acadien et Creoles: A 40 year old festival, started to pay “tribute to Cajun music”.

http://www.festivalsacadiens.com/info/history.html

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