When it arrived, the food smelled... interesting. The neeps and tatties - common, hearty fare in the form of earthy vegetables. Haggis on the other hand... she wasn't quite sure what to make of it, but knowing that she was coming to Scotland, had read up on it a little, and as she understood it, eating the outermost layer, the stomach lining, wasn't particularly recommended.
"Well, this is rather flavourful!" she exclaimed.
She had a curious memory of a meal when young of some kind of gumbo with lamb sausages, that had been mis-made and lacking proper stock in which to stew. It hadn't been awful, and somehow that was what she was reminded of. Flavoursome, but less spicy than perhaps she might have preferred - but it was tastier than she'd expected once stripping back the stomach lining...
"So, a gris-gris. You might call it a talisman, or an amulet. A more... technical explanation would be to say that it's a physical object with what we might call a charm embedded in it. The tradition is to use them for healing, or for warding, for protection. Some of them are what we might call curses. Amulets and talismans wishing harm on another."
She took a large bite of haggis and lapsed into silence for a few moments, to think it over. "People talk about voodoo dolls, but they're not really either Haitian vodou, or Louisana voodoo. Sticking a pin in it... far as we know, that's actually from Europe."
"As for vodou integrating with muggle religion? It's always been historically shunned, at least on the surface. There's some under the surface stuff about worshipping higher powers, but Haitian and Louisana beliefs are about the higher powers being for guidance and blessing, and it's not formally organised. The Catholic church from what I've seen... it's a lot more fire and brimstone and Old Testament judgement."
She finished the neeps and tatties, and left only a modest amount of haggis lining on the plate. "Well, I don't know about you, but that was some fine food right there." She had been surprised at how tasty it was, once the outer lining was removed, because that wasn't particularly appealing.
"If you don't mind my asking, where do you stand on the higher powers situation? Seeing that we're wizarding folk and all, it's gotta have a slightly different perspective to the folks you went to church with?"