shantology:

#7 – Tituba

Tituba was an enslaved woman originally from South America of African descent who was a priestess who turned Salem own it’s head during the infamous 1692 Salem Witch Trials after being tortured and accused of practicing witchcraft in early America’s Puritanical society of Massachusetts. I read Ann Petry’s Tituba of Salem Village at some point in my childhood and remember being so taken with the mystique of Tituba. It wasn’t until much later in life that I’d discover more about Vodou, Voodoo, Obeah and African spirituality as a whole but clearly this story made a deep impression on my psyche as it relates to my understanding of the practice of African magic and its misinterpretation by Europeans.

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