Web: Hoodoo (and Voodoo)

Recently I read and reviewed a book called Hoodoo, and the blending of Christianity with folk magic fascinated me.  I’m familiar with blending of Buddhism, Native American religions, and other beliefs, but was not familiar with this form of religion.  Living in the American Midwest, I’m not familiar with any practitioners and information online was all over the place.

So here are a few of the articles that I found helpful or interesting.  As I’m new to this topic myself, I cannot vouch for the veracity of them, only that they all provide something to think about.

What is Voodoo? Understanding a Misunderstood Religion by Saumya Arya Haas.

A brief article introducing Vodou and outlining a few of the most common misconceptions.  Although I can understand this sentiment: “Voodoo isn’t accurately portrayed in most movies, TV shows and books.”  I wish some examples of accurate depiction were included to help those of us who don’t know anything yet!

The Legacy of Hoodoo within the Black Church by Shanna Collins.

This was by far the most helpful article I found for explaining what Hoodoo is and how it connects to other religious practices.  Collins also provides a list of sources for those who want to investigate further.

“The terms vodou and hoodoo are often used interchangeably, however, the two are considered separate practices of beliefs, despite their many similarities.”

On Halloween, Insensitivity Goes Beyond Kimonos And Black Face by Leah Donnella.

An explanation of why it’s not appropriate to wear “voodoo doll” costumes at Halloween, but also covers wide ground about the legacy of Vodou and racist reactions to it in America.

Oh My Pop Culture Voodoo: The Princess and the Frog.

This is an interesting take on the representation of voodoo in Disney, aka the Princess and the Frog movie.

Author: colorfulbookreviews

I work in a library by day and parent the rest of the time. I am passionate about good books representing the full spectrum of human diversity for every age group and reading level. This blog is my attempt to help parents, educators, and librarians find the best children's books authored by or featuring characters of color.

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