Actress, storyteller, and priestess Luisah Teish dramatically re-creates centuries-old African-American traditions with music, memoir, and folk wisdom.
Teish tells of her “salvation” through the practice of African root medicine, a.k.a. voodoo (the life principle), simultaneously providing new access to an ancient pantheon, daily problem-solving, blessings and methods of conjure. She gives cautionary and authoritative advice on distinguishing authentic voodoo from con artists and evokes the romantic atmosphere of her birthplace, New Orleans. She provides us with a brief history of this “lost” heritage within the context of today’s concerns: dehumanizing technocracy, threat of nuclear oblivion, world hunger, toxic waste, abortion, etc. While so doing, she draws on, and makes linkages to, Amerindian, West Indian, and Latin American folk customs, and Christianity.
Written by Luisah Teish