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Live and Let Die: Fear of a Voodoo Planet

Tonight’s talk argues that fear and loathing of Voodoo, often subconscious, is rife even in Western occultism.

It is stating the obvious to say that African-originated traditions such as Voodoo are hugely misunderstood and a subject of prejudice by the general public. But tonight’s talk argues that fear and loathing, often subconscious, is rife even in Western occultism. Even here, Voodoo seems to occupy an odd space in the imagination, as a bizarre pop-culture collage: think zombie movies, images of Baron Samedi rising up from the grave to harangue James Bond, giant space scorpions in Grant Morrison’s Invisibles, cameo appearances of Brother Voodoo in old Dr. Strange comics and Lisa Bonet snake-dancing in Angel Heart. Limited information creates a climate wherein even occult practitioners absorb uncritically these images. Tonight’s speaker, the writer and practitioner Stephen Grasso, takes a sword to ignorance and explodes some of the pernicious myths.


Stephen Grasso | talks | www


Date and Time:

7 August 2007 at 7:15 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



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