Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mirror

There were comments yesterday about the use of voodoo dolls. I was thinking that one of those would have come in handy with my idiot ex-brother-in-law Mike. Very handy indeed.

One of the features in the voodoo exhibit was this room, with spaces built into the walls where the visitor could get a look inside. It was filled with relics and lit in a somber way. I kept having the sense of being watched, though I was all alone.


Coming out of the exhibit, there was another room of ornate mirrors from the area, unlike the kind you'd usually buy in a household goods store. These were decorated with various voodoo icons and symbols. I caught myself in the reflections in two such cases.




I'm moving into a somewhat lighter topic tomorrow with the other temporary exhibit in the museum...

40 comments:

  1. Very unusual collection. (well, it is to me.) :)

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  2. Voodoo gives me the creeps--this series of photos is magnificent! Once I worked for a person about whom I wished now and then for the chance to get a voodoo doll that resembled that person enough that if I were to stick pins in said doll, then that person would suffer the consequences. However, better sense prevailed on my part, and I never did anything about it, although at the time, I lived a mere three hours from New Orleans and its voodoo shops.

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  3. Oh come on, you could have posted these on Friday for Weekend Reflections! I still think voodoo is utterly fascinating.

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  4. I daresay most people would be too obsessed looking at themselves these days than to notice the ornate designs of these mirrors. I've scrolled down the last few posts here William, the museum looks incredible (I prefer the old name too). I hope you post some summer pics eventually too. I've always been fascinated by voodoo (and skulls) it gets a bad wrap in most western cultures but it is mostly used for good. I wonder why people want to keep stuffed pets but not the bones of their loved ones... I would much rather have a skull or hand bones than ashes :)

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  5. Oh hey, you and I have something in common, William -- we both have idiot ex-brothers-in-law! ;^)

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  6. Given the idea of voodoo, I'm not sure I'd want to be caught in a voodoo mirror reflection. You are brave.

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  7. really scary stuff...almost like tempting fate having it all right there in an exhibit...i remember when we lived in georgia, there was a teen that would visit her relative in our neighborhood and threatened a few neighbors with voodoo.

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  8. Interesting . Great photos .Thanks for sharing , have a good day .

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  9. Those rich decorated mirrors are wonderful.
    I'm glad you survived looking into them ... ;-)

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  10. I don't know if voodoo works, but it fascinates me. Once for a colleague, I made a voodoo doll of our much-despised director of our school....for fun, of course....;)

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  11. Linda: it isn't something you see everyday!

    Lynette: I think we have all met that one person we'd like to use one on.

    Ciel: I thought about it! I do have one written up for Mural Monday.

    Ida: I definitely will be posting summer pics.

    Tamera: there's no shortage of them unfortunately.

    Stuart: I did try to avoid catching my reflection.

    Tanya: it is the sort of belief system that I don't understand.

    Country gal: thank you.

    Jan: they are vastly different than what you might expect in a mirror.

    Bibi: one wonders if the director knew!

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  12. I would definitely not have felt comfortable with the feeling of being watched!

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  13. I have an idiot ex-brother. I still don't know what his wife sees in him.

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  14. It is a strange but quite unusual and very interesting topic. It is not easy to find or see something Vodoo-related around here!

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  15. no, i'd not want any of those things. :)

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  16. What a cool exhibit. No, I can't say I've ever seen those is a home goods store.

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  17. Funny comment about your ex-brother-in-law. Unfortunately, though, voodoo is all in the mind - which can be pretty scary, too. Now I'm going to be singing that darn "voodoo" song all day long. :)

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  18. Well have you tried the pins in the doll???? LOL
    A room of mirrors--Beautiful mirrors---- but it just reminds me of the time many years ago when I got lost in the House of Mirrors at a carnival---it has haunted me ever since. MB

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  19. Having a mirror like that would bother me greatly.

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  20. It's an unexpected collection in Canada. I could see a featured collection like this in New Orleans or parts of Florida. I think I'll agree with the creepy effect.

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  21. Voodoo, Egyptian mythology and Aboriginal Dreamtime are the only occult mediums that make me feel really uneasy William, guess its because they've been around for so long ..

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  22. @EG: I've only felt like that in one other museum display!

    @Jane and Chris: that seems a common opinion!

    @Luis: thanks.

    @Norma: I've often wondered with this one...

    @VP: it would seem to be a peculiar thing to find away from its usual stomping grounds.

    @Tex: I wouldn't mind decorating my house with a dragon based mirror...

    @Krisztina: it'd be an unusual household goods store if it did!

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  23. @Lowell: let's just say that if Mike were on fire and I had a glass of water, I'd drink it.

    @MB: I have been tempted!

    @Sharon: you'd always feel like you were being watched.

    @Mari: New Orleans, you'd expect it.

    @Grace: Egyptian mythology always fascinated me!

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  24. I wouldn't want to have my image reflected back from a mirror like those. Strange, that power of suggestion.

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  25. Creepy but fascinating at the same time. The mirrors are amazing!

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  26. What a great exhibit, William!

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  27. That first room looks pretty spooky to me! And everyone knows mirrors have magic powers.

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  28. Wonderful mirrors but I don't think I could live with one of them!

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  29. I find voodoo fascinating. There is something oddly "attirant" about the darker side of things... Thanks for sharing these photos! It had been an interesting visit. But I am also ready for something lighter.

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  30. Oh! I wouldn't mind a little dose of that for my ex-sister-in-law, too! Let me know if you figure out the details...
    I like the look of all these shots, but I'm not so comfortable with the mood and intent...

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  31. Those mirrors are fascinating, but I wouldn't want to have one in my house!

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  32. I'm intrigued with voodoo and other native religions that are mixed with mainstream faiths that make for interesting traits.

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  33. These old a dusty mirrors sure fit the voodoo experience.

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  34. @Judy: it does become unsettling.

    @Jose: it's such an unusual contrast.

    @Annette: very much so!

    @Karl: thank you!

    @Cheryl: particularly with evil stepmothers.

    @RedPat: I know I couldn't!

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  35. @Halcyon: tomorrow's lighter, depending on one's opinion of the subject!

    @Kay: everyone has that annoying relative or ex-relative...

    @Lois: it would clash with everything, I suspect.

    @Kate: it was certainly a learning experience.

    @Jack: they certainly do!

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  36. Whew, William, sure glad you will be moving onto a lighter topic. I kept thinking of the book and film, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil when looking at these posts.

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  37. didn't know the belief in voodoo is that vast there :)

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