Voodoo is more than just a misunderstood religion, its practice draws on age-old beliefs, cultural elements, and folk traditions from a multitude of nations and ethnic groups.
From its roots in West Africa and Haiti to countries in the Caribbean and beyond, Voodoo continues to be practiced by millions of people today.
But how did Voodoo come to be so established in New Orleans, and why does this religion continue to be so misrepresented by pop-culture and the media? This hour we speak with Voodoo experts and practitioners to find out.
- Leslie Desmangles - Professor of Religious Studies and International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford; author of The Faces of the Gods: Vodou and Roman Catholicism in Haiti
- Saumya Arya Haas - Writer, Senior Director of Digital Outreach for Agape Editions as well as a Voodoo priestess
- Kodi Roberts - Assistant professor in the history department of Louisiana State University and author of Voodoo And Power: The Politics Of Religion In New Orleans, 1881-1940
- Katie Zavadski - Reporter for The Daily Beast as well as a contributor for Politico, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, Newsweek and other publications
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on November 29, 2017.