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The Voodoo Doll Spellbook, by Denise Alvarado

Reviewed by Lilith Dorsey

Honestly, I probably shouldn’t write this, but when my editor at Patheos asked me if I would like to review The Voodoo Doll Spellbook, I wasn’t sure what to say. I have been a Voodoo priestess and anthropologist for over two decades and quite frankly, in my personal experience, the “Voodoo Doll” as most people imagine it just doesn’t exist. I was curious to see what an entire spellbook on the matter would have to say about it.

The Voodoo Doll Spellbook was written by Denise Alvarado, with foreword by Dorothy Morrison ( a dear friend who also ironically wrote the foreword for my book.) I have the utmost respect for Ms. Alvarado and I have long enjoyed her artwork and her writings. I eagerly looked forward to hearing what she was going to write about this problematic topic.

“Voodoo Dolls,” are the stuff of Hollywood legend. In the book Ms. Alvarado makes this clear from the very start saying ” Hollywood and the media are not the only ones to blame…. the presentation of the evil Voodoo doll began with the enslavement of African people and subsequent attempts to dehumanize them.” New Orleans Voodoo has long been the target of such demonization on many levels. This book helps to challenge that.

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