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St. John Virgin Islands Culture: Datura Stories

Datura Stories

There are several varieties of the Daura plant on St. John.They are plantst that contains the potent and deadly psychoactive alkaloids known as belladonna, henbane and mandrake. These plants have been used for centuries as medicines, poisons and intoxicants, and are often associated with witchcraft, sorcery, obeah, voodoo and shamanism.

In this section we present four stories dealing with this unusual bush.