“Voodoo And Afro-Caribbean Paganism” Explores the Truth Behind the Stereotypes
Whenever Hollywood needs to show off “evil magic,” one of the first traditions that they turn to is Voodoo. Whether it’s creepy rites or little poppets designed to hex one’s enemies, the image associated with the traditions of Voodoo is a negative one. Even American Horror Story: Coven took the powerful Marie Laveau and her fascinating rites and turned it into a spectacle for the ignorant.
Although much has been made about the other paths in both Paganism and Witchcraft, Voodoo and the other Afro-Caribbean traditions have largely been ignored until now. Lilith Dorsey, who grew up in Brooklyn and is an initiate in both traditions of Haitian and New Orleans Voodoo, explores the truth behind the stereotypes in Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism. In an effort to demystify these fascinating and beautiful religions, Dorsey patiently explains to her readers not only the history and culture that inspired them, but also the differences between Voodoo, Shango, Obeah, and even Santeria as well.
Not only does she point out the differences in each tradition, but she also makes sure to educate her readers on their similarities and common starting points. Although packed with many details about each tradition’s rich history and elaborate religious practices, Dorsey’s writing is easily accessible, even for those who have never picked up a book on spirituality before. Although intended for laymen and beginners, her book is a balanced look at each religion and quickly dispels all of the misconceptions surrounding them and replaces that with a newfound appreciation for their fascinating traditions.