The chances are that you completely misunderstand what voodoo is all about.
If you think it is mainly about crazed witch-doctors stabbing pins into rag dolls then you, like many others, have it wrong.
What is Voodoo? (Simple Explanation)
Voodooism originated in Africa and is believed to have further roots going back as far as the Egyptian pyramids. It is practiced around the world.
The proper spelling for the word is actually “Vodou”
Here is the kicker:
Voodoo is actually an official religion and has very little to do with voodoo dolls, and curses.
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They believe in one primary God. This god is known by different names, depending on which part of the world you are practicing voodooism.
This god cannot be communicated with directly and must be accessed via a number of powerful spirits (Loa) that act as intermediaries between man and god.
These spirits are not exactly like angels because they are served and treated as unique individuals, with their own particular preferences.
When it comes to the afterlife voodooists are believers in reincarnation.
In the voodoo world there is no such thing as heaven or of hell.
Common Misunderstandings Regarding Voodooism
Yes voodooism does have it’s dark side much like most religions.
To try to best understand this it is best to think of voodoo, and other religions, as a power.
This power can be used for good, or it can be used for bad.
What determines good or bad is often up for debate depending on the culture, and beliefs, of those doing the judging.
- Voodoo dolls are not an evil or dark thing, nor intended to be so
- Voodoo priests are not able to bring deceased corpses back to life as zombies
- Voodoo is not a religion based on evil
- There are no human sacrifices related to voodooism
- Followers of voodoo do not eat human flesh
Sacrifice of Animals
The sacrifice of animals can play a large role in certain voodoo rituals.
Although the slaughter of animals is abhorrent to many of us, it’s important to realize that in much of the world this is completely normal.
Just because that hamburger you eat bears very little resemblance to a furry cuddly animal doesn’t mean that it’s life ended any better than an animal sacrificed for a voodoo ritual.
After the animal is sacrificed the animal is devoured.
It is not a meaningless waste of the animals life.
Voodooism and Death
We need to remember that early practitioners of voodoo were often slaves.
After living a life as a poorly treated slave, death was not viewed as an unpleasant ending, but as a welcome release.
Because of this those that follow voodoo hold with reverence those that lived before.
Zombies, in voodooism are those that have died and yet are still enslaved, the most horrific thought ever.
Voodoo Vs Hoodoo
Well now that you know what voodooism is all about, its let us clarify the difference between voodoo and hoodoo.
Hoodoo is a type of folk magic that has its roots in African culture.
Hoodoo potions are often made up of all types of bodily fluids, like urine, semen, spit etc.
It is not a religion at all and is an intention to control supernatural forces in a way that helps those casting the spells.
Hoodoo is often practiced by Protestant Christians in the Southern United States.
Voodoo Vs Witchcraft
There are many differences between voodoo and witchcraft.
The most important thing to know is that witchcraft is not a religion.
There are a number of similarities however between witchcraft and voodoo:
They both use spells but otherwise each have their own set of practices, and rituals that are completely different from each other.
If you are interested in trying out a voodoo spell be very careful that you don’t get tricked out of your money, there are a lot of sites online that will gladly take your credit card and in return send you a “real” voodoo spell.
Learning more about Voodoo
There is no way we can do justice to the entire voodoo religion in one article, there is so much to learn and explain.
The following documentary is hailed as a thrilling and captivating depiction and insight into the real voodoo world.
The movie is over an hour long but well worth watching.
A guy called Albert Venzago created the movie after following one of West Africa’s most important voodoo priests called Mahounon for almost ten years.
Mounted by the Gods
What can we learn from Voodoo?
There are a number of things we can learn from the voodoo religion.
We can learn not to be afraid of death and realize that it can be a journey rather than an ending.
No longer need we fear the curse of a voodoo doll as we now know that this is part of hollywood, not part of voodooism.
Is there anything about voodooism that has surprised you?