So a voodoo woman who carried a human head in a bag onto a major airline was fined $1,000.

Now I could be missing something here. And obviously, someone is missing a head, but I would think that carrying a human head around in a bag would bring up a lot of questions above and beyond the propriety of having one on an airplane. Obviously, there were a whole slew of health violations that could have been applied, but there is a really big question that should prevail: Where is the rest of the body and how did the two parts become separated?

I would think one of those Crime Scene Investigator squads would have been all over this, and the $1,000 fine would have been a very superficial occurrence in a very big picture. Of course, those security folks may have been much more concerned about nail clippers, sharp pencils and rabbits feet with the toenails still attached.

Now there may very well be some states with a specific ordinance that says it’s a misdemeanor to carry a human head around in a sack. I know that concealing a death is a misdemeanor in some states. I think that particular law came about when too many people went missing, and they were found to have been buried in the back yard. Strangely, their Social Security checks kept coming in and getting cashed.

I’m aware that there are stores in some places that specialize in voodoo paraphernalia and supplies. I think you can buy bat wings, pickled toads, chicken blood, stump water and all sorts of flammable powders that could comprise and mystify a voodoo moment. But I wouldn’t think their inventory could include human parts.

Of course I don’t believe in voodoo, but if I did I could easily round up a rag doll and a sack of pins. I already have a short list.

I think a person has the right to practice voodoo as long as he does not cross the line on criminal laws. And I would have strong suspicions that a human head being carried in a sack does suggest some hanky panky. Just a hunch.

Voodoo is a large practice in backward nations like Haiti. And it even has its followings along some of the bayous of our Gulf Coast. Most of us probably see it as a byproduct of ignorance and perhaps in some instances a novelty to attract tourists. But, we must understand that people who truly believe it are comfortable with both their superstitions and their ignorance.

Of course I must qualify these comments as a bit hypocritical as I’m reminded of this quote: “Modern man scoffs at natives who beat drums and chant for the removal of spirits while he sits in a traffic jam and blows his horn.”

My dad used to tell of someone from his childhood whom others would go to when they lost something. This particular woman would tell them where they could find the lost items. I think the U.S. Treasury could use someone like that for a couple of weeks.

And there was the account of a man in the community who could “talk away warts.” I used to laugh at that one, but my dad said he wasn’t so quick to discount that ability because he also knew a woman in the neighborhood who could talk the horns off a billy goat.

But as far as I know, we didn’t have any of those voodoo people around. It may be because any chickens that got sacrificed had more to do with Sunday dinner than putting hexes on people.

Now I can just see some terrorist on a plane jumping up in the cabin during a flight and telling the passengers that he would take them all down in the name of Allah. About that time old Swamp Witch Hattie jumps up, whips out a human head and starts putting a curse on the Hezbollah and all their mean cousins.

My money’s on Hattie and the “horseless headsman.”

(Dwain Walden is editor/publisher of The Moultrie Observer, 985-4545. e-mail:

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