My informant, JP, is creating voodoo dolls for children. Literally sewing dolls. She calls them Voodles, a combination of voodoo and dolls. When she told me she was making voodoo dolls for children I was surprised. I explained that I thought voodoo dolls were scary–a part of what my dad calls dark magic. But my informant explained that voodoo is totally misconstructed by modern day society. She understands them to be these protective spirits with positive attributes, not negative ones.
She plans to create a number of Voodles. For example, there will be a doctor Voodle for a sick child. “Another Voodle has a pocket and if you put a penny in its pocket and make a wish, the Voodle is supposed to help it come true. And each Voodle will come with a legend or story.”
JP’s desire to make a Voodles for children suggests she has a strong belief in voodoo dolls. It also reveals that she believes so many people believe in voodoo that there is a commercial market for voodoo dolls geared toward children.