Friday, 26 September 2008

Michelle Wood: voodoo is alive in Flagler County!!!

If someone asks you to join a voodoo group, just refuse. Join another group instead. I bet Michelle Wood wish she had:

Michelle Wood was found covered in blood with both eyes swollen shut early Monday. The police report states five men and a woman tied a rope around Wood’s right wrist. They also tied a bungee cord around her left ankle.

Wood said she used a pocket knife to cut the rope off her wrist after the Sunday attack.

Wood told investigators she was once a member of a Santeria voodoo group in Flagler County, but since she left to join the Christian faith, she has been threatened, abducted and beaten.

But whatever you may think about voodoo, there is – contrary to what people think - no tradition of sticking pins in dolls to harm people. This is pure flight of fancy.

In fact, the mystical practices of voodoo are much more complex.

Healing is at the heart of most rituals. And the closest thing to a voodoo doll is a wooden figure called a bocheo which contains small peg holes. Twigs are inserted into the holes to allow energy to be channelled.

The voodoo doll of popular myth actually derives from a European figure called a “poppet”, traditionally used in witchcraft. The doll can be made from virtually anything including clay, wax, cotton or even fruit.

It was the early colonists and slave owners who projected forbidden European black magic practices on to voodoo. These ideas captured the popular imagination, aided by film makers who produced films that gave the idea that voodoo was dark and fearful.

Voodoo also peacefully coincides with Christianity, funnily enough. In Haiti, the two traditions sit side by side. Indeed, a common Haitian saying is that “Haitians are 80 percent Catholic and 100 percent Voodoo”!!!

Adapted from “The book of General Ignorance