Voodoo and Spirituality in Black Masking Traditions
This program explored spiritual connections and influence of Voodoo in Black Masking Traditions, moderated by curator Kim Vaz-Deville. Hosted in connection with the exhibition Mystery in Motion: African American Masking and Spirituality in Mardi Gras, panelists shared how their spiritual practices have shaped their paths as Black masking Indians, parade members, and leaders in carnival traditions. Since at least the 1800s, Voodoo beliefs and rituals have been intertwined with Mardi Gras masking traditions. Panelists will explore how the history and legacy of Voodoo in New Orleans have influenced their practices as well as discuss how they incorporate contemporary spirituality into a carnival as current practitioners.
Xavier University of Louisiana
Vaz-Deville, Kim, "Voodoo and Spirituality in Black Masking Traditions" (2021). Programming for Mystery in Motion. 5.