The Voodoo Queen of New Orleans

(Image Credit: Caitlin McCarthy Art)

Millennia ago, throughout southwestern and north-central Nigeria along with southern and central Benin, a religion was born from the ancestor worship and animism of the previous generations of the Yoruba people. Their beliefs became part of Itan, the total complex of memes that make up that society. This includes the songs they sing and the rhythms they play and even the gods they serve. The kind of polytheism they employ honors a…