Gris – Gris

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 Hair and nails
Grimoires

 In Vodun, charms or talismans kept for good
luck or to ward off evil. The original gris-gris were probably
dolls or images of the gods, but most gris-gris today
are small cloth bags filled with herbs, oils, stones, small
bones, hair and nail clippings, pieces of clothing soiled
with perspiration and/or other personal items, gathered
under the direction of a particular god and designed to
protect the owner.

The origin of the word is unclear, but many scholars
trace it to juju, the West African name for a fetish, or sacred
object. Juju may be a European translation of the native
expression grou-grou (hence gris-gris), or it may refer
to the French word joujou, which meant “doll” or “plaything.”
Most of the African fetishes were in the shape of
dolls, and early Europeans on the African West Coast
may have mistaken serious religious objects for innocentlooking
poppets (see African witchcraft).
In New Orleans, gris-gris are common. They are made
to attract money and love, stop gossip, protect the home,
maintain good health and achieve innumerable other
ends. Even police officers have been known to carry grisgris
for protection. A gris-gris is ritually made at an altar
and consecrated with the four elements of earth (salt),
air (incense), water and fire (a candle flame). The number
of ingredients is always either one, three, five, seven,
nine or 13 (see thirteen). Ingredients can never be even
in number or number more than 13. Stones and colored
objects are selected for their occult and astrological properties,
depending on the purpose of the gris-gris.

Legends about the famous New Orleans Vodun queen
Marie Laveau tell that her gris-gris contained bits of bone,
colored stones, graveyard dust (also called goofer dust),
salt and red pepper. More elaborate gris-gris might have
been made of tiny birds nests or horsehair weavings.
A red-flannel bag containing a lodestone, or magnet,
was a favorite gris-gris for gamblers, guaranteed to bring
them good luck. Another gambler’s gris-gris was made
from a piece of chamois, a piece of red flannel, a shark’s
tooth, pine-tree sap and a dove’s blood. The blood and
sap were mixed together, then used to write the amount
the gambler wanted to win on the chamois. The chamois
was covered with the red flannel, with the shark’s tooth
placed between the layers, and the whole thing was sewn
together with cat’s hair. The gris-gris was to be worn in
the left shoe for best, if uncomfortable, results.
Gris-gris also can be used to cause someone else bad
luck, known as “putting a gris-gris” on a person. Throwing
a gris-gris bag filled with gunpowder and red pepper
in someone’s path or on their doorstep supposedly
makes that person get into a fight. To get rid of someone,
Marie Laveau would write that person’s name on a small
balloon, tie the balloon to a statue of St. Expedite, then
release the balloon. The victim would depart in whichever
direction the balloon flew. Just leaving a gris-gris,
usually a powder, at someone’s front door tells the person
he is out of favor with “the voodoos” and should watch
his step.

One of Marie Laveau’s more horrible wangas, or badluck
charms, reputedly was a bag made from the shroud
of a person who had been dead nine days. Into the bag
went a dried, one-eyed toad, the little finger of a black
person who had committed suicide, a dried lizard, bat’s
wings, a cat’s eyes, an owl’s liver and a rooster’s heart.
If such a gris-gris were hidden in a victim’s pillow, the
unfortunate would surely die. Many white masters in old
New Orleans who mistreated their black slaves found
some kind of gris-gris in their handbags or pillows, such
as a little sack of black paper containing saffron, salt,
gunpowder and pulverized dog manure.
In Santería gris-gris bags are called resguardos, or
“protectors.” A typical resguardo under the protection
of the thunder-god Chango might contain herbs, spices,
brown sugar, garlic, aloes, stones or other small sacred
relics, tied up in red velvet and stitched with red thread.
Finally, the Santero attaches a tiny gold sword, the symbol
of St. Barbara (Changó’s image as a Catholic saint),
and if the sword breaks, Changó has interceded on the
owner’s behalf.

Gurunfindas are talismans prepared by Santería’s black
witches, the mayomberos, to ward off evil from themselves
and direct it magically to others. To make a gurunfinda,
first the mayombero hollows out a guiro, a hard,
inedible fruit found in the tropics, and fills it with the
heads, hearts and legs of a turtle and various species of
parrots; the tongue and eyes of a rooster; and seven live
ants. Next, the mayombero adds seven teeth, the jawbone
and some hair from a cadaver, along with the cadaver’s
name on a piece of paper, and seven coins to pay the dead
spirit for his services. Then, the mayombero pours rum
over the mixture and buries the guiro beneath a sacred
ceiba tree for 21 days. When he disinters the guiro, the
mayombero marks the outside of the fruit with chalk and
then hangs the charm from a tree near his home.

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