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Vodou Doll (photo by Byron Maldonado)The Religion Dispatches article "Rum and Gunpowder: How to Take Out a Vodou Doll" caught my eye this week. Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, a religious studies professor, writes about the journey of a Vodou doll that "wreaked havoc" among her colleagues at the University of Miami.

She touches on the irrational supersition evoked by the pop-culture mythology surrounding Voodoo dolls, but also proposes an interesting origin to that mythology from her knowledge of Afro-Cuban religion. And, of course, I’m reminded of our program, Living Vodou, that I appreciate for taking me beyond the mystery and myth of this religion and its symbols.

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