Doctor John is one of the most important figures in American Voodoo history, but before I begin to write about his significance and what he did in his life, I will first discuss how Doctor John became that way. He started out in telling his story by saying that his father had been a king in Senegal and he marked his face in the traditional custom of the royal family. When the Spaniards invaded, they were all sold into slavery. He became the slave to a man who lived in Cuba. In Cuba, John became such a great cook that he was able to bring his owner into letting him become a free man.
He then went to work on sailing vessels and on one of these trips he went back to Senegal. There he found out that his father had died, so he moved on. When the vessel reached New Orleans, he decided to quit. He then went on to work as a cotton roller on the docks. It was here that John believed that he discovered his “powers.” The employer noticed that all the others would listen to John when he spoke so he made John an overseer to the work. His fame began to spread, so then John began to charge people for his services on different things.
He bought property on Bayou Street with the money and built a house on it. He then started to buy slaves, but only females. He even married some of them, where he performed his own ceremonies. It is believed that he had approximately 15 wives and 50 children. In his home he contained snakes, lizards, embalmed scorpions, animal skulls, and human skulls that he took from the cemeteries. Doctor John became one of the most significant and famous witch doctor’s in American Voodoo history, and this will be explained and discussed in future articles.
(Source: Tallant, Robert. Voodoo in New Orleans. 1994)
Since his untimely death at age 53, there has been an extraordinary growth of interest in Dick’s writings. During his lifetime, the stories he wrote were largely ignored by mainstream critics and readers. That is no longer the case, and the novels of Philip K. Dick frequently appear on lists of the best science-fiction stories. Since 1982, when Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (based on Dick’s novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) made its debut, eight feature films based on Dick’s stories have appeared, the other seven being Total Recall,Minority Report, Screamers, Impostor, Confessions d’un Barjo (based on Dick’s mainstream novel, Confessions of a Crap Artist), Paycheck, A Scanner Darkly and Next.
Philip K. Dick has become a huge literary author present not merely in America but in world culture, with his works translated into many different languages. There is even an adjective known as ”phildickian.” It makes its way into print now and then to describe cofusing twists and turns of modern-day events. An understanding of the basic facts of Dick’s life not only casts light on the themes that are dominant in his writings, but also brings to view a thrilling story in its own right.
The Priory of Scion protects the descendants of Aaron, David and Jesus’ blood line. These blood lines are known as the messianic lineages The Priory is believed to be leading these lineages to an age where they will bring forth the Messiah that will establish God’s kingdom on Earth. Recent theorists have said that this may occur in 2012, which will bring forth a renewed awakenign to mankind. The Priory is said to secretly help and protect members of these families and works to keep them in the public eye, and in positions of power and influence. The Priory of Scion is not afiliated with any religion, though its members do belive in a supreme being.
The origins of this organization that would become the Priory of Scion is shrouded in somewhat of a mystery. Yet the basic orginis of this fraternity of people can be traced back to the Ormesius, an Egyptian priest, who lived in the first century. In 46 AD, he and a few of his followers were converted to a form of Christianity by one of Jesus’ disciples and a future Gospel writer, Saint Mark. Ormesius formed a secret group which put together the teachings of Christianity with the teachings about the messianic lineages. Ormesius used the symbol of a cross surmounted by a rose, to signify the connection of the new and old religions.
In 1070, a group of monks from the Ormus society arrived in Orval, which is present day Belgium, under the leadership of Prince Ursus. In Orval, the monk founded a monastery and received education in Scionite matters. They called themselves the “Priory of Scion,” referring to the Scions they would come to serve. The main purpose of the Priory of Sion was to become an independent organization, outside the control of the main Chrisitan church. Many historical figures are believed to have been a part of this organization such as Sir Issac Newton and Leonard Da Vinci.
This story was used as a back-drop for Dan Brown’s acclaimed best-seller The Da Vinci Code, and the film made from the novel.
Ajatar, in Finnish folklore, is known as “Devil of the Woods” and is a female evil spirit that manifests as a snake or a dragon. She is said to be the mother of all evil. She spreads disease and plagues, suckles serpents, and makes those ill who dare to look at her.
(Source: Rose, Carol M. Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins: An Encyclopedia. 1998.)