our work as Brujas is rooted in a need to continue to bring this magical persona, the Witch, out of hiding.
“MIGUELINA: Being Afro-Latina, being Black, is at the core of it, because…a big chunk of our spiritual practices come from the Afro-indigenous spiritual practice on the island of the Dominican Republic; it’s called the 21 divisions or 21 divisiones. With the Transatlantic Slave Trade, most slaves came from West Africa, a lot being Yoruba, that’s where you get Santería…in the Dominican Republic it shows up as Vodoom or the 21 Division. And that’s White Catholic saints being used to mask these Black deities. Our identity, is at the core of this, because our identity came through spirituality and vice versa.”
Here is what Christian had to say about the Brujas:
“The moment I awkwardly opened the doors of Heal Haus, I felt their powerful presence. I didn’t know what to expect from Ostara, or Brujas of Brooklyn. Griselda and Miguelina were talking to a friend, and I noticed their identicalness but also their differences. Griselda’s voice felt like an oak tree or a heavy inhale; it had weight to it yet lightness. Miguelina’s was an inhale, like hungry vines curling up a tree budding with flowers, airy. They completed each other.”