Voodoo Histories

VOODOO HISTORIES David Aaronovitch is an award-winning journalist, who has worked in radio, television and newspapers in the United Kingdom since the early 1980s. He lives in Hampstead, north London, with his wife, three daughters and ...

Author: David Aaronovitch

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781446424292

Category: History

Page: 400

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Did Neil Armstrong really set foot on the moon? Was the United States government responsible for the 11 September attacks? Should we doubt the accidental nature of Diana's death? Voodoo Histories entertainingly demolishes the absurd and sinister conspiracy theories of the last 100 years. Aaronovitch reveals not only why people are so ready to believe in these stories but also the dangers of this credulity. *Includes a new chapter investigating the conspiracy theories that question Obama's legitimacy as president *

Voodoo Histories

For David Aaronovitch, there came a time when he started to see a pattern among these inflammatory theories. these theories used similarly murky methods with which to insinu­ate their claims: they linked themselves to the supposed ...

Author: David Aaronovitch

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781594484988

Category: History

Page: 432

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"Meticulous in its research, forensic in its reasoning, robust in its argument, and often hilarious in its debunking... a highly entertaining rumble with the century's major conspiracy theorists and their theories." --John Lahr, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Tennessee Williams From an award-winning journalist, a history so funny, so true, so scary, it's bound to be called a conspiracy. Our age is obsessed by the idea of conspiracy. We see it everywhere- from Pearl Harbor to 9/11, from the assassination of Kennedy to the death of Diana. In this age of terrorism we live in, the role of conspiracy is a serious one, one that can fuel radical or fringe elements to violence. For David Aaronovitch, there came a time when he started to see a pattern among these inflammatory theories. these theories used similarly murky methods with which to insinu­ate their claims: they linked themselves to the supposed conspiracies of the past (it happened then so it can happen now); they carefully manipulated their evidence to hide its holes; they relied on the authority of dubious aca­demic sources. Most important, they elevated their believers to membership of an elite- a group of people able to see beyond lies to a higher reality. But why believe something that entails stretching the bounds of probabil­ity so far? In this entertaining and enlightening book, he examines why people believe conspiracy theories, and makes an argument for a true skepticism: one based on a thorough knowledge of history and a strong dose of common sense.

New Orleans Voodoo A Cultural History

Rory O'Neill Schmitt, PhD, and Rosary Hartel O'Neill, PhD. Star, Riley. Voodoo: History, Beliefs, Elements, Strains or Schools, Practices, Myths and Facts: An Introductory Guide. NV: NRB, 2016. St. John's Eve ceremony.

Author: Rory O'Neill Schmitt, PhD, and Rosary Hartel O'Neill, PhD

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781467137997

Category: Photography

Page: 160

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There is no more compelling nor more spiritual city than New Orleans. The city's Roman Catholic roots and its blended French, Spanish, Creole and American Indian populations heavily influenced the rites and rituals that West Africans brought to Louisiana as enslaved laborers. The resulting unique Voodoo tradition is now deeply rooted in the area. Enslaved practitioners in the nineteenth century held Voodoo dances in designated public areas like Congo Square but conducted their secret rituals away from the prying eyes of the city. By 1874, some twelve thousand New Orleanians attended Voodoo queen Marie Laveau's St. John's Eve rites on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. The Voodoo tradition continues in the Crescent City even today. Rory Schmitt and Rosary O'Neill study the altars, art, history and ceremonies that anchor Voodoo in New Orleans culture.

Hope and Fear

Modern Myths, Conspiracy Theories and Pseudo History Ronald H. Fritze. 13 a more see Brotherton, ... 193; David Aaronovitch, Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History (New 16 17 York, 2010), p.

Author: Ronald H. Fritze

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781789145403

Category: History

Page: 280

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A myth-busting journey through the twilight world of fringe ideas and alternative facts. Is a secret and corrupt Illuminati conspiring to control world affairs and bring about a New World Order? Was Donald Trump a victim of massive voter fraud? Is Elizabeth II a shapeshifting reptilian alien? Who is doing all this plotting? In Hope and Fear, Ronald H. Fritze explores the fringe ideas and conspiracy theories people have turned to in order to make sense of the world around them, from myths about the Knights Templar and the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, to Nazis and the occult, the Protocols of Zion and UFOs. As Fritze reveals, when conspiracy theories, myths, and pseudo-history dominate a society’s thinking, facts, reality, and truth fall by the wayside.

Paul as a Problem in History and Culture

Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History. New York: Riverhead, 2010. Adams, Dickinson W. Jefferson's Extracts from the Gospels: The Philosophy ofJesus and the Life and Morals ofJesus.

Author: Patrick Gray

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9781493403332

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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As one of the most significant figures in the history of Western civilization, the apostle Paul has influenced and inspired countless individuals and institutions. But for some, he holds a controversial place in Christianity. This engaging book explores why many people have been wary of Paul and what their criticisms reveal about the church and the broader culture. Patrick Gray brings intellectual and cultural history into conversation with study of the New Testament, providing a balanced account and assessment of widespread antipathy to Paul and exploring what the controversy tells us about ourselves.

Race and Secularism in America

... David Aronovitch published Voodoo Histories: The Role of Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History. Aronovitch certainly knows that the “voodoo” in his title is an invidious adjective. Clearly he selects this adjective to cast ...

Author: Jonathon S. Kahn

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231541275

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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This anthology draws bold comparisons between secularist strategies to contain, privatize, and discipline religion and the treatment of racialized subjects by the American state. Specializing in history, literature, anthropology, theology, religious studies, and political theory, contributors expose secularism's prohibitive practices in all facets of American society and suggest opportunities for change.

Dissenting Views

Investigations in History, Culture, Cinema, & Conspiracy Joseph E. Green. the moon landing hoax, Holocaust denial, etc. ... No joke. 171 David Aaronovitch, Voodoo Histories: The Role of Conspiracy in 109 Dissenting Views.

Author: Joseph E. Green

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1456832956

Category: Fiction

Page: 182

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All of us, at some level, know that we are being lied to. Some people internalize it and go on with their daily lives. Some ignore it completely. And still others latch onto fatuous opinion-makers whose daily bread depends on the very system they purport to uncover. Obviously none of this is satisfactory. What we need is to understand how the world works, how systems of power operate, what motivates its operation, and where it all originated. Much of this book is concerned with what are often called conspiracy theories a label which, it is increasingly understood, is used to try and misdirect all thinking about these very concerns in relation to our own lives. For when one knows how the system truly operates, the only rational response is revolution. This collection of Joseph Greens published work includes articles on political assassinations (The JFK 1o-Point Program, The Open Assassination of Fred Hampton), historical analysis (Critique of an Apologia for Santa Claus), film (The Beginning is the End of the Beginning: Regarding Watchmen), and philosophy (The Elusive Universe.) From government propaganda to popular culture assuming that distinction even exists anymore every subject is treated in respect to its epistemological implications.


Katsoulis, Literary Hoaxes, 48–50; Segel, Lie and a Libel, 56, 58, 99; Aaronovitch, Voodoo Histories, 22–24; Silverstein and Arnold, Hoaxes That Made Headlines, 38–39; all quotes from Cohn, Warrant for Genocide, 23.

Author: Kembrew McLeod

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814796306

Category: Social Science

Page: 364

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From Benjamin Franklin's newspaper hoax that faked the death of his rival to Abbie Hoffman’s attempt to levitate the Pentagon, pranksters, hoaxers, and con artists have caused confusion, disorder, and laughter in Western society for centuries. Profiling the most notorious mischief makers from the 1600s to the present day, Pranksters explores how “pranks” are part of a long tradition of speaking truth to power and social critique. Invoking such historical and contemporary figures as P.T. Barnum, Jonathan Swift, WITCH, The Yes Men, and Stephen Colbert, Kembrew McLeod shows how staged spectacles that balance the serious and humorous can spark important public conversations. In some instances, tricksters have incited social change (and unfortunate prank blowback) by manipulating various forms of media, from newspapers to YouTube. For example, in the 1960s, self-proclaimed “professional hoaxer” Alan Abel lampooned America’s hypocritical sexual mores by using conservative rhetoric to fool the news media into covering a satirical organization that advocated clothing naked animals. In the 1990s, Sub Pop Records then-receptionist Megan Jasper satirized the commodification of alternative music culture by pranking the New York Times into reporting on her fake lexicon of “grunge speak.” Throughout this book, McLeod shows how pranks interrupt the daily flow of approved information and news, using humor to underscore larger, pointed truths. Written in an accessible, story-driven style, Pranksters reveals how mischief makers have left their shocking, entertaining, and educational mark on modern political and social life.

Play Among Books

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Author: Miro Roman

Publisher: Birkhäuser

ISBN: 9783035624052

Category: Architecture

Page: 528

View: 847


How does coding change the way we think about architecture? This question opens up an important research perspective. In this book, Miro Roman and his AI Alice_ch3n81 develop a playful scenario in which they propose coding as the new literacy of information. They convey knowledge in the form of a project model that links the fields of architecture and information through two interwoven narrative strands in an “infinite flow” of real books. Focusing on the intersection of information technology and architectural formulation, the authors create an evolving intellectual reflection on digital architecture and computer science.

Alternative Healing in American History An Encyclopedia from Acupuncture to Yoga

Many of the theological and magical components of voodoo exist as well in other religious systems that share a history of Transatlantic colonialism and slavery, such as Santería in Cuba, Condomblé in Brazil, and Shango (Xangó) in other ...

Author: Michael Shally-Jensen

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440860348

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 410

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This book examines alternative healing practices in American popular culture. From traditional folk approaches to more recent developments, it discusses the rise and fall of more than 100 popular approaches to addressing both physical ailments and mental health needs. • Provides illuminating descriptions of popular treatments, describing their underlying philosophies, the historical impetus behind each, and their fate with consumers • Casts a critical yet sympathetic historical eye on the development of numerous popular remedies and how they came to serve (or not) their users • Looks at both notable "alternative" therapies and therapies that emerged or split off from the mainstream to address a different need of their audiences • Explores treatments designed for healing the body, the mind, the spirit, and all three