Zombies, incantations and dolls full of pins… the version of voodoo that most of us get has been suffused with decades of Hollywood magic, and a dusting of light xenophobia.
But the reality of Haitian vodou is much more complex – and way more fascinating. Join H&S for some all-important extra context behind this week’s main feed episode on Papa Doc: How did slaves reconcile their own folklore and religions, with the Catholicism that colonisers were forcing down their throats? Who are the main lwa – or spirits – of vodou? And how can an offering of black coffee, rum and cigars help you to commune with the dead?
Find out in this week’s ShortHand!
For the expert interview we mention in the episode, head here: