Unlike Vodou worshippers in Haiti, we in contemporary America acknowledge no deities; we deny a pantheon of supernatural beings who determine our destinies, who have the power to “possess” our bodies or intervene in our lives. In our denial, we give more power to the archetypes that we indeed have created: those images of beauty, of sexuality, of wealth and power that are emblazoned in neon across our skies, projected into our movie palaces, beamed into our homes and offices — that possess us, in short, not simply in the course of a religious ceremony but throughout every waking minute of our lives.

"Inverted Odysseys" by Shelley Rice in Inverted Odysseys (1999)