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Life of a Vodou Drummer in Brooklyn

Can’t stop. Won’t stop. Above is a short clip from the documentary “The Other Side of the Water: the Journey of a Haitian Rara Band in Brooklyn.” The official synop goes as follows: The Other Side of the Water follows a group of young immigrants who take an ancient music […]

Holy Death in Gowanus, Brooklyn

Who’s more excited than me to find out that Morbid Anatomy in conjunction with Observatory will be screening “La Santa Muerte” (“Saint Death”), this Thursday, February 24th? No one. From the website(s): In Mexico there is a cult that is rapidly growing–the cult of Saint Death. This female grim reaper, […]

Kali Gets a Credit Card

Kali is many things. She is Mahakali Jagadhatri, “The Creator of the World.” She is Devi Khadgahasta,  “She that Carries a Clever.” She is Chinnajata Jatajutavilasini Sarvarajayutabhima Sarvarajoparisthata Shmashanstha, “She That Dwells in the Cremation Ground.” She is also, apparently, Devi Credit Card-ji, “She That Can Make Purchases With Plastic […]

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna (in Times Square)

There’s so much a person could talk about when it comes to the Hare Krishna movement, ISKCON, and Vaishnavism in general, however, one things stands out: Hare Krishnas love you loving Krishna loving you loving Love. It’s not every day a person comes across a religious or spiritual tradition that […]

Friday Night Chat with the Black Hebrews

This past Friday night I had a short conversation with a Black Israelite (AKA Black Hebrew) just south of Union Square. Given that his preaching was chock full of damnation, biblical quotes galore, and the calling out of the so-called white man I had reason to believe he was either […]

Bhakti Cafe Yields Happy Food Stuffs

Even though NYC Vaishnavists (AKA Hare Krishnas, AKA Hare Krishnas no longer aligned with ISKCON, AKA Hare Krishnas who would like to be taken more seriously) are as diverse as the city is densely populated, one thread binds them all: love of food. Krishna devotees have been opening vegetarian restaurants […]