The reason Obeah has such a scary reputation is that like many systems under the category of “Voodoo” or African diaspora spirituality, it was forged in blood. African history did not begin with slavery, nor did African American history. Slavery was not something that African Americans as a group, accepted passively. We used all means available to resist, including spiritual. Obeah was part of this, and is only considered “scary” because colonizers and human traffickers feared it. To learn more, click here.