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Hoodoo hex on Interstate 20

Unread postby MadameSamantha » Sat Aug 10, 2013 11:01 pm

Hoodoo hex on Interstate 20: The blinding of Myra Crawford demonstrates how racism and fear of demons linger side by side in pockets of the Old South

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/hoodoo-hex-on-interstate-20-the-blinding-of-myra-crawford-demonstrates-how-racism-and-fear-of-demons-linger-side-by-side-in-pockets-of-the-old-south-1412753.html
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Re: Hoodoo hex on Interstate 20

Unread postby MissMichaele » Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:34 am

Just a couple thoughts:

The usual conflation of hoodoo and voodoo -- the eye-gouging to end a spirit possession sounds like voodoo to me, a completely different system.

"Pearl has pieces of magic wood, which she chews, while burning candles, in her attempts to ensure good fortune."

I wonder if that's licorice root?

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Re: Hoodoo hex on Interstate 20

Unread postby MaryBee » Sun Aug 11, 2013 4:17 pm

I know that this is a hoodoo forum, but I also practice Haitian Vodou, and I have never heard of eye-gouging as a "way to end posession" in either New Orleans OR Haitian Vodou. There are ways that clergy can send a spirit away; I have had it happen to me many times and my eyes are still intact :)

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Re: Hoodoo hex on Interstate 20

Unread postby magicmurphy » Sun Aug 11, 2013 6:09 pm

Also, spirit possession in Haitian Vodou is a sacred and beneficial act and experience. They are conflating "demonic possession" of the Hollywood type with Spirit (Lwa) Possession in Haitian Vodou.

Just addin'. :)

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Re: Hoodoo hex on Interstate 20

Unread postby MissMichaele » Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:01 pm

Mary Bee and Magic Murphy, I stand corrected.

I understand that Vodou includes animal sacrifices, and I know of one (ostensibly) initiated practitioner who has admitted to using live animals as poppets for certain kinds of work -- it's a delicate subject, so I won't be more specific.

I'm also aware of entire religious movements that have been taken in by moral panics about witchcraft, which occasionally lead to gruesome actions like this in the name of salvation or righteousness.

Again, no disrespect intended, and my prayers go with these poor ladies.

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Re: Hoodoo hex on Interstate 20

Unread postby magicmurphy » Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:26 am

Oh, none taken Miss Michaele. :) It's just good to have this info out on the forum for people to know and understand.

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Re: Hoodoo hex on Interstate 20

Unread postby MaryBee » Mon Aug 12, 2013 5:20 pm

Oh no offense taken, hon! It's just that if the eye gouging theory this paper article actually happened, we'd all be blind in the Vodou religion :) :) I'm not a mambo (priestess; well, not yet anyway), but I can tell you that one way the priest/ess sends away a spirit if the possession is rough or violent. They draw a cross on the person's forehead with their left thumb.

I feel so bad for these women, and I"ll keep them in my prayers.

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Re: Hoodoo hex on Interstate 20

Unread postby magicmurphy » Tue Aug 13, 2013 6:18 am

Yeah, this story is just harrowing. There's more going on here than just perverted religious belief in this, I think... there's something else, like mental illness or social illness that may be at play here. It reminds me of another thread where there was a "voodoo priest" that poured Florida Water on someone's head and set them on fire... just awful...

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Re: Hoodoo hex on Interstate 20

Unread postby Joseph Magnuson » Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:24 am

This has to be my favorite quote of the entire article:

"As a child, one day she saw the hoodoo man leaving her home, she claims, his eyes burning red and horns jutting from his head. 'Once you've seen a demon, you never forget it,' she says."

Excuse me while I go look for a set of Burning Red Eyes and Horns kit.
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Re: Hoodoo hex on Interstate 20

Unread postby Alexx » Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:47 am

Most of what is known of their journey - includig a decision, halfway, to abandon their terrified children with strangers - has been told by the women to lawyers, friends and the police. …
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Re: Hoodoo hex on Interstate 20

Unread postby Miss Phoenix » Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:56 am

This is really interesting. I am curious to see if there are any reports of this from American sources, as this was written by a UK website. There is a lot of incorrect information and I wonder if that would be true from a more local source who might have more access to valid information?
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Re: Hoodoo hex on Interstate 20

Unread postby caffeinated24x7 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:47 pm

Interesting article. I live near Dallas and have traveled that road between Dallas and Shreveport many times. Freaky.
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Re: Hoodoo hex on Interstate 20

Unread postby amithyzt » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:28 pm

I couldn't stop giggling at the implied jab- 'This is unusual as they get - at least, here in Texas; I don't know about Louisiana.'

Meanwhile, I was HOOKED as soon as the steering wheel "squirmed to life and started pummeling her" ... That's some heavy snizz right there!
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