Together, we remember. 

There are 17 million people of Italian descent living in the United States today, and many more children of the Italian diaspora in other parts of the world. But how many of us have forgotten the songs of our ancestors? Were never taught to speak their language? How many of us feel disconnected from our folkways? From a distant, whitewashed church? 

By reconnecting with our roots through ritual, magic, and community, we remember. You don’t need a Ph.D. in history or a secret initiation from your great-grandmother to do it. All you need is to orient yourself in space and time. 

For many of us, this means re-learning the folkways that were lost due to the trauma of immigration: folkways which may seem strange, or occasionally, supernatural. Folkways which concern music, dance, and food; but also saints, Madonnas, and the dead. The stuff we might call “Italian folk magic”. 

About the author

Mallorie Vaudoise is a Brooklyn-based spiritualist of Italian descent. She studies Southern Italian music and dance with world-renowned folk artist Alessandra Belloni. She believes that music, food, wine, and kissing are vital tools of spiritual evolution.

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