Ninth Ward, Voudou, & the connection between art & spirituality.

I quite enjoyed reading Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes. What I loved were the elements of voudou, spirituality, ghosts and engagement with other realms. I loved the descriptions of sensory awareness of a spirit, the glimpse at Mama Ya-Ya’s altar, the conversations with ghosts, the sensing of the weather to come. I have always been captivated by these kinds of practices.

I grew up in a home without religion, and with a mother who absolutely carries some witchy, energy moving vibes, but kept these largely from us when…