A few months ago we had the wonderful opportunity to meet with @huskyhuddle and she captured some beautiful photos. Voodoo was especially happy to meet someone new and to have another place that he could run and explore.
Meet: Bo Loves to spend time with her witchy friends and try new stuff. Super sensitive and attached to her loved ones. Lavender is her favorite flower and uses it in every spell she can. Hates to cook so she is a fast food fan.
I’m fuming right now about The Ghetto Tarot. Like, that white woman sat there, and typed out those words for that title and took from those people. My people. I always had a strange feeling about that deck, but now that I know she made it I’m furious. Her white ass couldn’t just call it the Haitian Tarot?! And she has awards for this!!
This goes to show that when white people mingle in black peoples lives they never bring anything good to the table. They just come, eat our food, and take all the leftovers home. THIS is why we don’t want white people practicing our religions and traditions. THIS is why we’re so hard on others for taking from other religions and traditions. THIS is why we won’t “share”. Because white people don’t know how to act. They get something different from their norm and get disrespectful. We’re trying to preserve who we are so later generations aren’t confused and disappointed like us.
On that note: DO NOT BUY THE GHETTO TAROT! IT WAS MADE BY A WHITE WOMAN WHO HAS NO RESPECT AND HAS MADE A PROFIT OFF OF OUR BLACK BODIES.
White Vodou (I’m going to step on some toes with this)
As a black vodouisant, it’s a bit frustrating that the face of our religion online is a bunch of white folk.
If you look up videos, images, literature, etc about vodou nowadays, especially on tumblr, a lot of times you’ll find it’s a white person who became a mambo or houngan preaching about vodou.
The reason it frustrates me is, it seems as black people, we can’t have nothing sacred. It’s always colonized.
Becoming a houngan or mambo can cost a LOT of money. Many vodouisants, even those in Haiti are not mambos or houngans, let alone initiates because it can be very expensive. So who better to become a high priest than some American who is privileged enough to pay all this cash to fly out to Haiti and pay the dues needed to become an initiate and a priest. You know, rather than someone who has grown up being a vodouisant, who has been saving all their life for this.
When I see this being done, I almost feel like it’s all for bragging rights. You get to tell all your friends that you went to Haiti and became a vodou priest/priestess. You get to say you’re not Catholic, you’re not Wiccan, you’re a vodouisant. You’re different from everyone else, and you hold a high rank to show for it.
You’re so eclectic.
As vodouisants, we serve our ancestors who are from Africa. When a white person is serving their ancestors, they’re more than likely serving spirits from Europe. You know, the place that enslaved many of our ancestors. It almost feels counterproductive, in terms of vodou.
Practice neo-paganism if you want to be spiritual (or “unique”). Leave vodou, hoodoo and African rootwork to us, please.