Shopping for Spells: Exploring Four of the World’s Witchcraft Markets
Some practicing witches purport to be able to cure and transform people, or create favorable, or unfavorable, conditions. And these witches require supplies for their conjuring, and for this there are witchcraft markets. However, it’s not just people who claim a connection to witchcraft who have a need for candles, incense, herbs, oils, soaps, potions, and supplies for assisting the balance of a situation. Tourists, curiosity seekers, and the desperate also seek out these spiritual supply supercenters.
At these four witchcraft markets from around the world, you can find almost anything for any purpose.
Why are these people called witches, though? Do they identify themselves as witches? Vodun is a religion in Benin. Where is the witchcraft in that? And why call the religion of the indigenous Ayamaras witchcraft? And the stuff thats sold in Peru is by the articles OWN admission indigenous folk medicine … so again, why is witchcraft being used as a descriptor for indigenous religions? I am going to need white people to stop fucking demanding that what what indigenous people do needs to be translated into analogues of white european practices and to check their racism as well. I just don’t see why you couldn’t call these religious markets? Oh wait, that wouldn’t be click baity. Misses that see those primitive peoples tang that ya’ll need to feel superior huh? And why tag it pagan? Thats white people religion, all of these are run by POC.