North Miami mayoral candidate threatened by Vodou

Above is Anna Pierre, singing her 1990s Creole-language tune Suk Su Bon Bon. Pierre is currently running for mayor of North Miami, Florida, but she claims that sinister forces are trying to knock her out of the race. She's found evidence of Haitian Vodou spells left on her doorstep. “I found little dolls with needles in it. They put a lot of pennies at front of my office door,” Pierre told the Miami Herald. “I’m from Haiti I know what it is… (But) I have people in Haiti, Canada, and the U.S. praying for me. I have Jesus with me.” I briefly lived in Miami and had several friends whose relatives, usually grandparents, took Santería magic and ritual very seriously. I'm sure Haitian Vodou is also more common in that region than one might think. (via The Anomalist)


  1. No question that Haitian Vodou is  very popular in that area. Haitian Vodou has never used dolls, though. That’s Hollywood Voodoo.

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  2. Um… doesn’t Haitian Vodou use pins stuck into dolls as a good energy sort of thing? Sticking pins into representative dolls to curse or harm someone comes from Eastern European witchcraft traditions. It was transposed onto Haitian traditions by racist Europeans wanting to demonize/discredit them. So… she’s being targeted by someone who doesn’t know their history.

    1. Or somebody who is continuing the syncretistic processes that gave rise to ‘real’ Haitian Vodou originally… 

      As with language, if you get a critical mass of people who ‘do it incorrectly’, it stops being a mistake and starts being a subculture, dialect, or regional variation. This doesn’t prevent us from observing the process, commenting on it, or even charting the web of influences and mutations that lead different branches of the family to where they are today; but it makes it difficult to nail down one correct snapshot in history against which all others are ignorant or aberrant.

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  4. I wouldn’t normally consider a candidate with primitive, superstitious beliefs, but since she has Jesus with her, she has my support.

  5. When I was in college, pennies in front of your door meant that somebody had unsuccessfully tried to penny your door shut.

  6. She needn’t worry, her God can beat up their God – with one or both hands nailed to a tree just for good measure. 

  7. I’ve never understood the (apparent) belief in the efficacy of/need for active prayer in certain Christian circles.

    So, some sinister opponent is attempting witchcraft against your campaign. If it’s gotten to the point where you know this, presumably Jesus does as well. If he’s against this, his infinite power certainly won’t allow any logistical difficulties to get in his way. Where, then, does the prayer come in? Would the outcome be different if she had Jesus with her; but zero people praying for her? 

    The role of magical/ceremonial activity seems much more well-integrated in mythologies that either have comparatively finite gods who engage in relationships of contract and patronage and similar extensions-of-social-relations-onto-the-supernatural with their worshipers, or in ones where manipulation of the supernatural is an esoteric extension of manipulating nature generally, and has its own set of experts, technicians, and problem solving techniques.

    In the context of a god who has all the data, has all the power, and is believed to be good-intentioned, what is the role of stuffing forms in the ‘suggestions’ box? Was he going to drop the ball without your helpful reminder? Does he require X prayer warriors per hectare to effectively channel his absolute power? 

    1.  “I’ve never understood the (apparent) belief in the efficacy of/need for active prayer in certain Christian circles.”

      It’s not that so much as it is the need to be *seen* engaged in “prayer”.  it doesn’t help if you believe in this stuff nearly as much as it does when you convince other people you believe in this stuff.  If people don’t know you are doing this, loudly and publicly, what good does it do?

      You must be seen doing the right things, burning the right pinch of incense at the right altar.  Otherwise, how will people know you believe in the “one true god”(tm)

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