Hello again witches, seekers, and friends – and thank you for tuning in to The Fat Feminist Witch Podcast for my annual Very Fat Feminist Halloween Special!
Every year at Halloween we examine some of the stories, tropes, and stereotypes that have contributed to the image of the Halloween Witch, the ways we celebrate her and the holiday, and how that image impacts real modern witches. This year we’re not talking specifically about witches, but about magical practitioners whose legends and religious beliefs have contributed to our favourite Halloween Horrors. Though most modern zombie movies fit well into the science fiction genre, at one time they were filled with evil magic performed by “Voodoo witch doctors”. Before that, the story and name of the zombi and of raising the dead was a real practice in Haitian Vodou.
Lilith Dorsey, author of Voodoo and African Traditional Religion joins me to talk about zombis and zombies, the vodou origins, their hollywood present, and a possible future where the genre can embrace it’s magical roots.
Voodoo and African Traditional Religion
Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens
Tell My Horse – Zora Neale Hurston
The Serpent and the Rainbow – Wade Davis
Movies and Media:
White Zombie (1932)
Horror Noire documentary (2019) and podcast (2020)
Eli Roth’s History of Horror (2018 – 2021)
Santa Clarita Diet Netflix series (2017 – 2019)
iZombie CW series (2015-2019)
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