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.
Media & Events
- Bespoken Bones: Ancestors and Italian Folk Magic (November 2, 2017)
- La Brigata di Notte: Italian folk-magic, from the South to the States (September 5, 2017)
- New Jack Witch: Vanessa Irena & Mallorie Vaudoise Talk Saints (August 28, 2017)
- Italian American Podcast 44: Italian folk magic, ancestors, and you: Mallorie Vaudoise on cultivating a spiritual connection to your heritage (July 9, 2017)
- Spiritual Alchemy Show: Italian Folk Magic with Mallorie Vaudoise (June 15, 2017)
- (Live event) Lady Parts: Milk, Bone, and Blood in Italian Folk Magic (June 1, 2017)
- Rune Soup: Talking Folk Saints & Black Madonnas with Mallorie Vaudoise (February 2, 2017)