The Lucky Mojo Curio Company is a hidden occult emporium in Forestville, CA. It’s a roadside attraction/occult superstore that is jammed packed with interesting things to see, including “The World’s Smallest Church”.
Even though my roadtrip itineraries are thoroughly researched and mapped prior to hitting the road, I’m often surprised by how many places end up being something completely different from what I was expecting. Case in point, “The World’s Smallest Church” in Forestville, CA. I was expecting a converted bus shelter along the roadside but after driving past the address and not seeing anything whatsoever that would be considered a church, I decided to drive down a long drive-way and see what I could find and I’m glad I did.
After parking, we realized that this was more than just a little roadside quickie stop.
The first thing you notice is the lush green gardens and a rather large model train set.
Unfortunately the train wasn’t running.
As we walked around we weren’t sure if we were on someone’s private property or not. I saw a friendly looking kid making beads and asked if it was okay for us to walk around and he said sure, so that’s what we did.
It’s a rather large property and there’s plenty to see.
Finally we were able to figure out that this place was actually The Lucky Mojo Curio Co. Occult Shop.
Once we went into the actual shop we were greeted by an incredibly friendly young woman who welcomed us to have a look around and snap as many pictures as we liked.
This is your one stop shop of everything occult.
With 3500 different herbs, roots, candles, oils (dressing/ritual/essential), incense blends, books, tarot/cartomancy cards, mineral curios, posters, holy cards, religious statues, soaps, hair care products, zoological curios, and crystal salts, you can find it all here at LMCC.
They also had a couple of oddities that she wanted to tell us about. There was Dusty, the six-foot tall, extremely life-like wizard sculpture who stands just inside the doorway at the entrance to the shop. In his upraised right hand he holds a softly glowing crystal ball. This has earned him the title of “largest night-light in Forestville.”
This is Lefty, the shops 1880s-era skeleton, in his beautiful redwood coffin. They don’t know what his name was in life, but they do know that he was a Caucasian man, about 5 feet 4 inches tall, who was between 20 and 35 when he died. He probably succumbed to an infectious disease, since his skeleton is unmarked by injury in any way. He was mounted as a medical skeleton for the use of student-doctors sometime during the late 19th century; all the bronze wing-nuts that hold him together were hand-made and his cartilage is really his, not the nylon or plastic cartilage that is used on contemporary medical skeletons. Lefty’s coffin is a typical Victorian era “toe-pincher,” made from first-growth California redwood that has been hand hewn. He was, for many years, kept as a ritual skeleton in a Northern California Odd-Fellows Lodge, where he was used to exemplify Death during initiations. At some point during the 1970s, he, and several other Oddfellows Lodge skeletons, were sold to an antiques dealer, who kept them for decades in his storage area. Fans of Garrison Keillor’s show “A Prairie Home Companion” will recognize the names of Lefty and Dusty from “The Lives of the Cowboys.”
Missionary Independent Spiritual Church, billed as the “World’s Smallest Church” sits outside in front of the shop.
With an exterior dimension of 36 square feet, Missionary Independent Spiritual Church is in a close race with a couple of other churches for the title of “World’s Smallest Church.” It may indeed be the church with the smallest amount of floor space — and it is certainly the ONLY tiny church of those in contention where services are held DAILY as a fully functional CHURCH and not a mere “chapel.”
It’s painted red and green throughout, with yellow and gold highlights, in homage to the Chinese Joss House architecture of early California. Joss Houses are small Chinese temples, many of them dating back to the Gold Rush era, a time when Cantonese immigrants flocked to the Western United States. They were built in the local wood-frame Victorian vernacular style sometimes called “carpenter’s gothic,” but were brightly painted with traditional Chinese temple colours.
In addition there are two outdoor chapel shrines flanking the entrance that contain additional religious statuary from various cultures, overflow candle racks, and a large Indonesian gong that is banged to call people to worship service each morning.