The occult, by definition, boils down to an involvement in the supernatural, mystical, or magical beliefs, practices, phenomena. In the sixteenth century, the term occult sciences was used to refer to astrology, alchemy, and natural magic. In the nineteenth century, occultism emerged in France and began to be associated with various esoteric groups therein connected to Éliphas … [Read more...] about The Utterly Wicked Truths About “Dark” Magic
A tragically underrated Southern Gothic style horror movie, The Skeleton Key (2005) has been given a bum reputation; a movie that is often overlooked movie within the horror genre, it's actually worth watching at least once. Caroline Ellis (Kate Hudson) is a confident, yet sweet-natured hospice nurse living in New Orleans who grows frustrated with the general lack of compassion … [Read more...] about Hoodoo, Horror, and The Skeleton Key
Voodoo or Hoodoo? Photography by Clem Onojeghuo There is a lot of confusion between what hoodoo and voodoo are—many believe they are one and the same, but as was discovered through the articles on voodoo, they are two separate entities. Louisiana and Haitian Voodoo are the two branches of the voodoo religion practiced by many, whereas hoodoo is not a religion at all. … [Read more...] about African American Folk Magic: Hoodoo, Conjure, and Rootwork
Digging Up the Origin of Zombies Photography by Lalesh Aldarwish While zombies have been on the pop culture radar pretty heavily for several decades now, the history of this undead phenomenon has a history deeply rooted in the Haitian Voodoo religion—in fact, the belief in zombies is still a relevant aspect of New Orleans Voodoo. In our western society, we rely heavily … [Read more...] about A Voodoo Practice: Mysteries of Zombification
The Origin of Voodoo Dolls Photography by Jean-Baptiste Dodane While the exact origins of the Voodoo doll aren’t known, it can be tracked down from the Fon people of the region that now Benin. When slavery brought the voodoo religious practice to the Southern United States—specifically Louisiana—it brought along with it the practice of imbuing dolls with magical intent. … [Read more...] about Vilified Voodoo Dolls: Can They Really Cause Harm?