Voodoo Priestess Predicts Bad Things for Legba’s Arrival on American Horror Story Coven

Legba by erokism licensed under CC by 2.0.

This just in: Entertainment Weekly is reporting that joining the American Horror Story Coven cast in the role of, you guessed it, Papa Legba, will be Lance Reddick. This can’t be good. They are already touting him as the Voodoo Devil, and let the stereotypes continue. It would have been nice if we could be optimistic about Legba’s arrival. Practitioners of New Orleans Voodoo, such as myself, view Papa Lebga as a guardian, a wise father guiding us down and through the paths of life.

How Did the Devil Get in Here?

One of the most popular misconceptions about Voodoo is that it contains an evil devil spirit, very often associated with the Lwa, or God, Papa Legba. For more info on this check out Death and Deals at the Crossroads. Legba is worshipped in New Orleans Voodoo, Haitian Voodoo, and has many similarities with the Santeria God Eleggua. He can be tricky, but his lessons are important ones. If only he could teach American Horror Story’s creators a thing or two.

Fried Chicken Again….

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against the show using Voodoo as a plot line. In fact I’m thankful that people can have their minds opened if only a bit. I just wish they would straighten out some of their facts and stop perpetuating some of these stereotypes. The Fried Chicken reference has got to stop. But until then I will continue to discuss the show from a Voodoo priestess’ perspective, on my live chats’ with Peg Aloi of The Witching Hour, they are archived here along with other Patheos’ writers’ thoughts. So tune in, who knows what the devil will bring. But I don’t think it’s going to be good.

 

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About Lilith Dorsey

Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University and the University of London, and her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly , filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation, author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism and The African-American Ritual Cookbook, and choreographer for jazz legend Dr. John's "Night Tripper" Voodoo Show. She believes good ritual should be fun and innovative, and to that end she led the first ever Voodoo Zombie Silent Rave Ritual in July 2013, complete with confused Thriller flash mob.


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