Voodoo Village : Southern USA

The Practice of Voodoo in the South - Original comic art by R. Cook, for Dark Matter News

The Practice of Voodoo in the South – Original comic art by R. Cook, for Dark Matter News

Voodoo Village : Southern USA

Has witchcraft sold out?

Just like the ‘hipster’ who claimed they were into a particular band before anybody else had a chance to listen to them, many practitioners complain that the atmosphere surrounding American Voodoo has become decidedly commercial.

Most web searches into the subject reveal an off-putting commercial veneer, mostly turning up high-priced “haunted tours” and the accompanying merchandise and souvenirs (at prices more shocking than any supernatural revelation). The collective fear in the practice undoubtedly arose from it’s mysterious nature; American Voodoo was scary because it was on the periphery.

Originally brought to Louisiana by Haitian slaves in the 18th and 19th centuries, voodoo quickly spread amongst the Creole, French, Spanish and enslaved populations already living there. So-called “Voodoo Queens” used to rule New Orleans, living like spiritual pop stars.

Does it really work? Like with any spiritual practice, answering such a question is a slippery slope. There is something to be said for the preservation of a cultural identity.

Now that the practice has been popularized in order to sell key chains and candles, does it still carry any of it’s old “fear factor?” The animated Disney hit “The Princess and the Frog” featured New Orleans Voodoo heavily. Once you’re in a Disney movie, how underground can you be?

Have you seen “The Princess and the Frog?” Is commercial success the same as mainstream acceptance? What are your thoughts? Want to see more comics? Let us know! Comment below, Share on Facebook, and find us on Twitter, hashtag #DMTalk!

 

Ryan Cook

R.COOK

I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and currently live and work in Florida.

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