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MAYA DEREN  (1917-1961)

    Avante Garde film maker with movie star good looks of the 40's and 50's. She had degrees from Smith College and the New York University, including a PhD. She went to Haiti to film the black and white documentary Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti. In 1953, Deren's book by the same name was published by Vanguard Press.

    Interested in Voodoo as a dance form, she wound up becoming fascinated with spiritism and was initiated into a Voodoo cult. The film was very popular with occultists during the 80's and 90's, but seems to be falling out of favor due to it's scenes of authentic animal sacrifice as a part of Voodoo rituals. Outside of Haiti, people like a more "sanitized" version of Voodoo and like to believe the animal sacrifices are mere "xtian propaganda". They can't be bothered with documentaries with actual film footage of animal sacrifices and such!

    Her life stagnated after the filming in Haiti. She worked on more films she never finished (Divine Horsemen was actually finished in 1985, by her third husband and his wife). She became addicted to prescription drugs and seldom left her home. She died in 1961 at the not-so-ripe old age of 41.

Blinky The Baphomet Says,

Blinky The Baphomet Says "This website really cracks me up. Really."

    "So let's review: Maya Deren started out a talented actress and movie star with college degrees. Then she got into Voodoo, and wound up addicted to drugs and dead by 41. OK then."  





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