Head to any major retail store and you’ll probably find a Ouija board in the kids game section. Next to Monopoly and Cards Against Humanity? Seriously? Unless you are an occult practitioner or someone who has studied the paranormal, a Ouija board probably looks harmless, like any other board game. But talk to people who have had a creepy or downright … [Read more...] about 5 Dangerous Things You Should Never Do With a Ouija Board
Folklore has an extended history of portraying witches as evil, human-sacrificing, child-eating monsters--and for with all of the religious turmoil and economic insecurity that these stories sprang from it's no wonder. Hansel and Gretel are no different, in fact, it may be the most telling story of them all; for the real evil lies not within the woods, but in the home from … [Read more...] about Gretel & Hansel (2020), a Grimm Fairy Tale
Voodoo or Hoodoo? 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. Hoodoo, conjure, and rootwork are … [Read more...] about African American Folk Magic: Hoodoo, Conjure, and Rootwork
Digging Up the Origin of Zombies 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 upon our knowledge of what is … [Read more...] about A Voodoo Practice: Mysteries of Zombification
The Origin of Voodoo Dolls 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. Many sources say that voodoo dolls are … [Read more...] about Vilified Voodoo Dolls: Can They Really Cause Harm?