The good ol' south: where sweet tea goes with everything and nobody eats till you say amen. It's where I grew up, and yet I am constantly learning new and incredibly fascinating bits of history too good not to share
If you grew up in the South, you've heard of "Haint Blue". It's a name given to a very specific color of pale blue that can be found on porch ceilings, window frames, and front doors all throughout the Southern States. Especially in South Carolina, where the tradition was first introduced to America.
The religious and cultural traditions of African American slaves residing in the Carolinas where greatly influenced by the predominantly Christian views of the Puritan slave owners, which is what shaped the traditions we know as 'Hoodoo' today. (As opposed to slaves located in the French Provence of Louisiana, who's main influence was Catholicism, giving birth to Voodoo.)
Once emancipated, but still not truly free, the people of this area retreated to the islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia (St.Helena and Sapelo Islands, i.e.) Here they lived in isolation, and thus free from being forced to conform to the Puritan's belief systems which allowed a good amount of their own traditions, dialect, religious practices and beliefs to flourish. The descendants of these people today are known as the Geechee or Gullah of the Low Country. Their traditions are still very much alive and have become a huge part of the historical foundation that the South was built upon.
One such tradition that has survived and spread to find a new meaningful place among our country is "Haint Blue".
A solitary and experienced Hedge Witch currently residing in Southern Virginia.
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