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Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World
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"The body is a vehicule upon which ride all sorts of secondary intentions and meanings." - Douglas Bailey, Prehistoric Figurines

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Filling an inanimate object with powerful spirits so that you can alter the life of a human- thus seems the goal of the Voodoo doll. This seems to defy many of our assumptions about things, namely that they have no spiritual agency. How does a wooden sculpture or moss-filled doll have the power to create love or drown someone?

My project has been revised after I discovered that the traditional conception of the voodoo doll has mostly been created. I will therefore compare and contrast the traditional Louisiana voodoo doll with the Congolese Nkisi doll, but also bring in the popular conception of a voodoo doll -- pins and evil-- as a case study.

Posted at Dec 20/2008 09:26AM:
chris witmore: An excellent project Alexandra. You have put together a piece of detailed research which richly engages themes and questions from the class. You also have many novel angles of your own. I love the Sarkosy case study. Well done.