It was a nice walk from the corner store to the cemetery I had marked on my map, it was so alien to see grass that was still green this time of year, and the sun beat down through the thick humid air. I reminded myself to not get used to the length of the days down in the lower forty-eight, it would just make me miss the sun that much more when I got home. Walking through what … [Read more...] about Anna Byrne: Chapter 05 – Night of Resurrection
I twitched awake, I felt the unsettling warmth of sweaty palms, and my heart pounded in my chest as I gasped for air. It was the week following the winter Solstice and it was colder than it had been all year; the skies above my cabin were entirely void of cloud cover and had the clearest view of the milky way. Clear skies during the darkest parts of winter would always have a … [Read more...] about Anna Byrne: Chapter 04 – Finding the Bokor
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?