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As the #blm movement continues to move forward, and our awareness of these spheres widens, the erasure of history floats to the surface and we are forced to come to terms with the harsh reality of our past. For myself, this has forced me to realize how much of the culture I grew up in was stolen from the Black community.
I am working my way through questioning everything and trying to find when I need to listen and when I need to speak up. This is a very controversial bath bomb for us to create — I am not a black witch and I know nothing about Voodoo other than what "Hollywood" has taught me. Which is exactly why I created this bath bomb. The Voodoo Doll is a symbol of how the western world has stolen Black Beauty and demonize it.
The white narrative has always been seen as the only way of life, deeming anything else wrong, scary and bad. This is how we ended up living within a culture that surprises the black community. We were raised to hate what we do not understand but now we have the power of knowledge at our finger tips.
We intentionally white washed this doll to bring awareness to how little most white people know of the roots of black culture. "Voodoo Child" — is the embodiment how naive we have become to practice any Black Culture without understanding its origins. From voodoo and witchcraft to music and fashion, our country cherry picks the aspects of black culture it likes and turns its back on the struggle and pain of the people it harms.
This heavy burden of racism should not be pushed onto only those it affects: we all need to be a part of this conversation. I will never understand the pain or experiences of our black brothers and sisters. I have lived a life of privilege and I am very aware of that. However — I see their pain, I see their fight and I cannot stand by and watch in silence. I will use my platform to shine a light and ignite conversations around this topic.
I encourage all of us to start the lengthy processes of learning the origins of all the spiritual practices we participate in the modern world.
Empower Black Witches: Vodun is an ancient religion practiced by some 30 million people in the West African nations of Benin, Togo and Ghana. With its countless deities, animal sacrifice and spirit possession, voodoo— as it's known to the rest of the world— is one of the most misunderstood religions on the globe.
In the United States, voodoo has been sensationalized by Hollywood, demonized by Christian missionaries and parodied in New Orleans tourist shops. West Africa was once known as the Slave Coast, because it was at the center of the transatlantic slave trade for centuries. African slaves brought voodoo with them to plantations in Brazil, Haiti, Cuba and Louisiana.
"They say that voodoo is like the marks or the lines which are in our hands -- we born with them. Voodoo are in the leaves, in the earth. Voodoo is everywhere."
The rituals of voodoo are as elaborate as those for any Western church -- learning secret, sacred languages, dances and diets are part of the initiation for voodoo priests. Central to the belief is offerings to the gods, in the form of animal sacrifices. Human sacrifices in West Africa ended more than a century ago.
In one sense, voodoo is no different from other religions – followers appeal to divine powers to assure their success in life. But Christian missionaries don’t see it that way. Inside a quiet, fenced enclave in central Lome, a spiritual war is being waged against the spirits of voodoo=
— Except from NPR "Voodoo and West Africa's Spiritual Life"
Embedded inside is a Rose Quartz, because damn this world just needs as much love as it can get right now especially as we enter this conversation around race and social injustice.
I did wanna give our little voodoo doll the essence of witchcraft, we scented this doll with Black Pepper and Incense. We also infused this creation with a pinch of rosemary and lavender petals, cocoa butter and chamomile powder. It is a wonderful bath bomb to sit and think about all the current state of the world.
Weighs: 7 oz
Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Citric Acid, Coconut Oil, Polysorbate 80, Fragrance, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSA), FD&C Water Soluble Color, Rosemary and Lavender Petals, Cocoa Butter and Chamomile Powder, Mica, Biodegradable Glitter & Polysorbate 80.