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“AHS: COVEN” aims to educate with Voodoo featurette

As with the anticipation of AMERICAN HORROR STORY’s second season ASYLUM, COVEN has been preceded by a deluge of atmospheric, aesthetically-thrilling teasers that have culminated in a main titles sequence packed with the sort of black magick eeriness witches and their rituals evoke in our minds. This year, however, the main subjects of AMERICAN HORROR STORY are rooted in more real-world religious practices. To that end, both for context and an introduction to the world COVEN takes place in, a brief featurette attempts to educate the viewer on Voodoo, its mystic air and elegance, and dispel some of the more negative perceptions.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN concerns warring witches in New Orleans, both Voodoo practitioners and descendants of Salem witches. The nature of the show is inherently batty, pulpy, violent and kinky, so while we can expect to see some of the more mythical notion of witches hold in the series, it’s neat to see at least some exploration of what they’re drawing from.

In COVEN, Over three hundred years have passed since the turbulent days of Salem and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe, who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona, the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN premieres October 9 on FX. Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates and Jessica Lange star.

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