Asad points out that many traditions originated in West Africa but were lost or watered down due to colonization and slavery. Some West African religious practices include offerings of incense and food to an altar of deities, ritual healing with herbal medicines, and using charms as a form of protection. Some hoodoo practices descend from West African faiths and remain prominent in deeply diasporic places like New Orleans or the Lawson KZ 1000 King Of The Mountain Shirt it is in the first place but Mississippi Valley. Reincarnation is a crucial element in many of these practices, as is a deep connection to the earth. For some groups in the U.S., returning to these practices is a form of resistance in and of itself.
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It’s dismissive to chalk mysticism up to a trend when, for so many, it’s a path to healing. Alex McCormic, a tarot reader in Los Angeles, had always used spiritual rituals to shake bad habits, like drinking too much. But like Reed-Clark, she’s ramped up these practices since the Lawson KZ 1000 King Of The Mountain Shirt it is in the first place but pandemic began. “When I was having anxious nightmares about the future, I’d put my obsidian crystal ball by my bedside,” she says. The idea is that crystals have vibrational properties that help with healing by acting as a magnet to absorb negative energy—a belief traced back to ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and India as well as ancient Greece and Rome. And for McCormic, it worked. “When I did this, the nightmares would subside,” she says.