Tuesday, June 16, 2009
A Brief History Of Voodoo
I hated summer as a kid -- no school, lots of sunshine. I did love to swim, but that hardly made up for the fact that I wouldn't be suffering under some delightful battle ax of a teacher (back in the days before teachers of young children started letting students call them by their first names and making them feel good about themselves) and collecting gold stars for every assignment done well. To make up for this loss, I would make up my own version of summer school. My first assignment that I have record of is from the first grade summer, a two-page report I titled, A Brief History of Voodoo. Even then, I knew it wouldn't be comprehensive as I only had access to a really dated version of encyclopedias and my great grandmother's stories from the island, New Caledonia, a place where people routinely feared the evil eye.
My brief history touches on sympathetic magic (or what is more commonly known as voodoo dolls), ideas of energy, the dark uses for power. I didn't make judgments one way or the other -- as a child, all religions seemed interesting to me. My great grandmother told of a woman who could curse you, another who could remove the curse. I put that in the paper as well. I wasn't writing for anyone in those days, just some imaginary mean teacher in the sky whom I adored. I suppose some things don't change that much.
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