On a wet evening in January 1941, Seabrook and “a youthful band of idealists” convened at a cabin in the Maryland woods—they made sure to bring a whole bunch of rum from Jamaica, land of voodoo—with a single, lofty aim: “to kill Adolf Hitler by voodoo incantation.” A report of the event, complete with photographs, made for one of the odder features ever to appear in LIFE Magazine, under the title “LIFE Goes to a Hexing Party.”
Wrestlers are more famous than footballers in Senegal earning up to £200,000 and using rituals, potions and amulets to secure victory. Christian Bobst follows the Dakar superstars from the beaches where they train to the roar of the arena
Head was discovered by passer-by in cardboard beer box in Highbridge Park with fruit, veggies and soda
Police detained a man and a woman on suspicion of desecrating a grave in Alicante cemetery with the purpose of carrying out a cult ritual to strengthen their relationship.
Well? Would you…? This was the question faced by the participants in a rather extraordinary series of studies described in a new paper from Illinois psychologists Randy J. McCarthy and colleagues. In total, 1081 parents with children aged under 18 were presented with an outline of a person, and asked to imagine that it was …
Virtual autopsy yields forensic insights in Haitian voodoo crimes
Even people who know very little about Haitian Vodou, seem to know the tale of the serpent and the rainbow. Sacred stories traverse boundaries and limitations, and this story of two divine snakes is no exception. For many devotees the Loa Damballa Wedo and Aida Wedo are the father and mother of the Vodou, or Voodoo, religion.
Followers donned traditional robes and brigh hats as they sipped gin, danced in the streets and visited the sacred forest in the tiny west African country at the weekend.
In 1906, young Robert Eugene Otto received a doll from his family’s servant.
It was, at first blush, unremarkable: a doll of wire, cloth and straw, with beige skin and human-like hair. It wore an outfit similar to that of an American Naval officer.
But the doll held an ominous secret that would reveal itself in time...
Zora Neale Hurston was a fascinating woman. In the late 1920s and through the 1930s, she traveled throughout the Caribbean studying various aspects of their culture and society. Part of that study included the study of voodoo and of zombies. One story includes a woman named Felicia Felix-Mentor of Haiti. She died of a sudden illness in 1907. But, she was found walking the streets in 1936. Zora Neale Hurston photographed her and interviewed her. The photograph appeared in Life magazine and introduced the American public to zombies.
A lot of people think the Apocalypse is just around the corner and many of us have been brought up to believe that the dead will raise from their graves on Judgment Day, which is why I think the zombie has reached this incredible surge
Missionaries have flocked to Haiti in droves since the earthquake to feed the homeless, treat the injured and jockey for souls...some Voodoo practitioners have said they’ve converted to Christianity for fear they will lose out on aid
A Manzini pastor is alleged to have issued a hit list of former senior members of his church he accuses of having caused a mass exodus of followers by spreading unfounded allegations.
A scholar of the religion known as Vodou (or Voodoo, if you’re Anglo) tells how she saved a small cloth ritual object from desecration by a gang of spooked professors.
Police said the ring carried out voodoo rituals and black magic to frighten the women and keep them always under control with the threat of destroying their souls or making them crazy.
Pupils do Obeah (aka voodoo).some were choking, and one girl “spoke in a man’s voice.”
During voodoo ceremonies, believers "feed" the spirits and seek advice, healing, and protection from them.
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide did not flee Haiti because he lost his nerve. Neither did the United States blackmail him. No, the most satisfying explanation for the country’s recent upheavals is that the spirits were offended and taking their revenge.
Traditional cults from across the country will meet at the seaside town of Ouidah, revered as the cradle of voodoo and offer prayers and sacrifices to their gods.
An American lawyer has been convicted of money laundering after a trial disrupted by allegations that voodoo magic was being used to influence the outcome.
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No one knows how many people believe in voodoo. People who monitor religious belief in the New Orleans area, however, put the number of voodoo practitioners here well into the tens of thousands or beyond.