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The speaker, Iyawo Orisa Omitola, was giving the keynote address last month at the third annual Black Witch Convention , which brought together some women in a Baltimore reception hall. Over the past decade, white Millennials have embraced witchcraft in droves. Now a parallel phenomenon is emerging among black Millennials. African American witchcraft originated in West Africa, the birthplace of Yoruba, a set of religious traditions focused on reverence for ancestors and worship of a vast pantheon of deities known as orishas. Those traditions accompanied West Africans who were brought to the Americas as slaves, and were eventually combined with Western religions, such as Catholicism, that many slaves were pushed to embrace. In cities like New Orleans, voodoo slightly different from Haitian Vodou and hoodoo, which also descend from West African faiths, grew popular.
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Jump to navigation. Pettway, Mary T. The cultural origins of these artworks can be traced back to the African Diaspora, slavery, and the Jim Crow era of institutionalized racism, which restricted both physical freedom and freedom of expression for African Americans. These rich musical traditions were paralleled by visual traditions that typically were symbolic in form or concealed from view in order to escape censure or destruction.