You’ve got to love the local news. Channel 4 WSMV’s recent coverage of DEMONIC HAIR WEAVE in Memphis is just the type of groundbreaking journalism I have come to expect from my hometown.
Anyone with black girlfriends knows weave is crazy expensive, and like laundry detergent and pregnancy tests in my old hood, some people steal weave and sell it like drugs (see this interactive map of hair crimes). “To a lot of people, selling hair is like crack,” Tamika Broadnax said. “Everybody is spending money on hair. They’re spending $300-400.”
What started in earnest as an investigation to a spike in crime and tragic murders over hair theft, has transformed into a bizzare occult story. It appears that many area people believe the case of the spike in hair crimes is due to hair that has been “cursed.” And for good cause. The hair in question comes from India, where many think that it was cursed in a religious hair cutting ritual called “tonsuring.”
I almost fell for it, but luckily News Channel 4 WSMV writes the sort of cutting edge statements that makes me question the truth when they reassure us that, “Dr. Adkins is doubtful demons would possess weaves and wigs.”
Whew! I was worried. And here I thought today would be boring… Welcome to Memphis y’all!
Would you believe that there’s a place outside of Memphis where shrunken heads sit atop a spiked fence, a haunted school bus comes ‘alive’ to trap all who enter, and where screams of children echo through the woods?
Yeah, me neither. However, stories come from somewhere and Voodoo Village is in fact very real.
Located in South Memphis, it is still surrounded by wilderness. A man named Washington (Wash) Harris shut off his home and community with a fence and a huge iron gate in the 1950’s, allegedly to practice “dark arts.”
People became curious about the property because of the yard art and symbols everywhere. Story goes that the compound actually did block nosy people from exiting with a school bus and many people have been chased away by machetes or worse.
There is a folk-art temple, named St. Paul’s Spiritual Temple, that is visible from the road covered with voodoo dolls, candles, moons, crosses and Masonic symbols. Neighbors would talk about ceremonies with large bonfires, speaking in tongues and gulp; the walking dead. Harris denies practicing voodoo, yet never discloses what is really going on behind the gate.
There are lots of accounts from visitors to the compound on the Facebook page here. It is made pretty clear that these people just want to be left alone, by any means necessary…