Asad points out that many traditions originated in West Africa but were lost or watered down due to colonization and slavery. Some West African religious practices include offerings of incense and food to an altar of deities, ritual healing with herbal medicines, and using charms as a form of protection. Some hoodoo practices descend from West African faiths and remain prominent in deeply diasporic places like New Orleans or the Top shirts on blogspoton 2021/4/ 17 and I love this Mississippi Valley. Reincarnation is a crucial element in many of these practices, as is a deep connection to the earth. For some groups in the U.S., returning to these practices is a form of resistance in and of itself.