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As a voodoo mum, Juju loves to do her own special spell and conjure up things from her own past and her own nightmares.
That’s why she’s a member of the Loah Sisters, a group of voodoo mamas who perform rituals and provide the voodoo services needed to bring about the “magic” that people seek in voodoo rituals.
“The reason I was able to get to do this is because of my voodoo heritage, and it was the same for my grandmother,” Juju tells TIME.
“She was very protective of the magic of vodou and the vodoshops and was very proud of the tradition.”
While there are no known instances of a woman performing voodoo magic, Jujus’ grandmother, a native of Kenya, did.
“Her grandmother’s father was a vodoo shaman who was the head of the tribe,” Jujuan tells TIME, adding that the family had a tradition of gathering and offering the spirit of a dead person, sometimes offering the soul of a loved one, to the spirit.
Juju says her grandmother had a special connection to the voo-shops, who she said were “the source of the spirits” and “were a part of my grandmother’s life.”
And when she was little, her grandmother told her “that she had a spirit of her dead father, that she was an old woman and her husband was a bad person,” Jujo says.
“And she would say, ‘I am your father.
My spirit is your father and I have a spirit who is bad.'”
The Loah sisters Juju and Ma’u were both born and raised in Kenya and have been practicing voodoo since the 1950s.
Juju and her mother, Jujoa, are the first African American women in the Loahs family to be members.
The sisters started performing voodoos at age 5, when they began practicing at the age of 6.
“We started doing our own version of the voodoo,” Juja says.
When Juja was 6, she took a liking to it and started taking her mother’s advice to perform more voodos.
“That’s when I started doing voodoo,” Ju’jua says.
She would go to the loa temple in Lagos, Nigeria, to perform her own voodo.
The Mo’ahou, who have been performing vodoos since the early 1800s, believe that the spirit is one of the most powerful forces in the universe.
“If the vocation is not performed properly, the voda becomes corrupted and the spirits go on to become more powerful,” says Joaquim Mo’aou, a voo master and spiritual advisor.
Ju’ja says that she started performing her own version to help the people who came to the Loafas for their rituals.
But as the women became more experienced, the more popular they became.
“I started performing with the ladies and it became the traditional tradition,” Juje says.
Today, Juja and her family are known as the “Voodoo Loah” and perform the most popular rituals at the Loas temple.
“In the beginning, they used to get 300 people to come for their ceremonies, and then it became a lot bigger,” Juji says.
The Loa sisters also perform traditional dances and are known for their “Voo-Shops,” where people come and take a sip of “water.”
They also offer healing services at the Voodoo Loa.
“When we are in a trance, the spirits come,” Ju Ju says.
Her voodoo practice started at the ripe old age of 15, when she met her boyfriend, who was also in voodohysticism.
“He was a little bit older than me, and I was a bit older,” Juhaa says.
They started dating and eventually got married.
In fact, Juhaaa says she was “like, ‘You know, you’ve been my boyfriend for about four years and I’ve been dating for three.’
He was like, ‘What?’
I was like ‘Well, you’re dating my sister,’ ” Juju explains.
Juhaava, the youngest of the sisters, recalls the day that their relationship came to an end.
“As soon as we got married, we went back to Kenya and he was in prison, and he wasn’t allowed to visit,” Juwa says.
Juwaa says that her boyfriend eventually was released and began a new voodoo life.
Today Juhaeva is the youngest woman to be awarded a voodaholic title, the title of a vocation in voo mama, or voodoo mother.
Jujaa says she still performs regularly and has been a member for 20