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recent reading roundup: poison, atchafalaya ethnology, faith healing in Louisiana

alec sonnier anthropology archaeology atchafalaya basin bayou life cajun creole ethnic identities ethnology faith healing folk belief folk magic folk medicine folk religion folklore francophone culture gens de couleur libre iberia immigration julia swett louisiana louisiana folklife lower mississippi valley native american plaquemine culture point coupee poisons prayer religion slavery southern catholicism st. landry parish superstitions traiteurs

[Remember, this blog here at the shop address is a mirror / backup of the real Seraphin Station blog here. Visit there to comment, ask questions, get responses, interact with others, see useful and interesting links and resources, and/or read all the blog posts, not just the highlights I repost here.] photo credit jclk8888, Pixabay I don't have time to summarize anything right now, but I'm hoping if I leave this here, it'll spur me to do so later. James H. Diaz. Atlas of Human Poisoning and Envenoming, 2nd ed. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2014. Hilda Roberts. "Louisiana Superstitions." Journal...

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recent reading roundup: Becca the traiteur says this shit is real

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Here’s journalist Aaron Millar on his 2017 trip to Louisiana, featuring some jazz, some swamp hunting, and a visit to a traiteur, from his Nat Geo UK story “Louisiana: Hoodoo and Voodoo, Ghosts and Graves.” “Becca Begnaud is a sassy, sweet-looking older woman with warm hugs, gentle eyes and a mouth like a trailer park — surely the only faith healer on the planet to say the words ‘holy shit’ every other sentence. I like her instantly.” He gets a treatment – for what he doesn’t say, none of our business I guess. “And then, the strangest thing; for just a moment, it’s...

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