Denise Alvarado is a New Orleans-born, native Creole raised in the Voodoo and hoodoo rich culture of New Orleans, Louisiana. She has studied indigenous healing traditions from a personal, professional and academic perspective for over four decades. She is the author of numerous books about southern conjure, including the Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook, Workin' in da Boneyard, and the first Hoodoo magazine - Hoodoo and Conjure. Her provocative artwork has been featured on National Geographic's Taboo, The Originals, Blue Bloods as well as in several books by other authors. She is a rootworker in the Louisiana Hoodoo tradition, a spiritual artist, and teacher of southern conjure at Crossroads University.
In the first half, Dr. Robert Bennett spoke about his research into spirituality, demon possession, spiritual warfare, exorcism, and paranormal phenomena & lore. He spent time studying local religions on the island of Madagascar, and found that many people there are "worshiping spirits, venerating their ancestors and seeking different powers and knowledge from them. Born and raised in the Voodoo rich culture of New Orleans, author and spiritual advisor Denise Alvarado talked about spells and the practice of Creole Voodoo in the latter half of the show. Describing different offshoots, she noted that Voodoo is actually a religion brought over from Africa, while Hoodoo is the practice of the magical aspects of Voodoo. ... More »Host: George Noory