Introduction to voodoo in haiti bob corbett march 1988 (important note) first and foremost voodoo is a religion it is the dominant religion of haiti. Juju, the dark side of voodoo we have heard a lot about the practice of black magic in african countries especially the practice of voodoo, but the fact book states that voodoo is used for good magic or white magic were in juju is used when it comes to black magic in african countries. July 29th, 2012 sociology 300 what is the significance of voodoo to african science and philosophy voodoo (vodun) is a derivative of the world's oldest known religions which have been around in africa since the beginning of human civilization. Haitian vodou haitian vodou, called sevis gineh or african service, is the primary culture and religion of the approximately 7 million people of haiti and the haitian diaspora. In the american colonies, african voodoo became what is known as haitian voodoo today in 1492, christopher columbus landed on an island known to its indigenous taino inhabitants as ayiti, or land of the mountains columbus re-named this island hispaniola, or little spain colonists arrived.
 voodoo refers to a religion derived from indigenous african spiritual practices that originated in benin and togoland in west africa and was influenced by french catholicism that became fully developed in haiti (molloy: 510. With hundreds of years of history, voodoo was the first religion in africa and is one of the world's oldest religions while a large percentage of west africans are now christians or muslims, many still practise voodoo on the side. Voodoo originated in the african kingdoms of fon and kongo as many as 6,000 years ago the word voodoo comes from the fon language, in which it means sacred, spirit or deity other words used in voodoo today also come from the fon and kongo languages for example, a voodoo priestess is often. Voodoo followers from other part of africa arriving at voodoo festival in ouidah,benin according to the voodoo tradition, there is one supreme god, who is known by different names in different parts of the world.
Vodun (meaning spirit in the fon and ewe languages, pronounced with a nasal high-tone u also spelled vodon, vodoun, vodou, voudou, voodoo, etc) is practiced by the fon people of benin, and southern and central togo as well in ghana, and nigeria. Voodoo from africa to the west indies voodoo originated in the west indies country of haiti during the french colonial period, and it is still widely practiced in haiti today the foundations of voodoo are the tribal religions of west africa, brought to haiti by slaves in the seventeenth century. Voodoo dolls are most commonly known for being little dolls that you can stick with pins or other sharp objects in order to cause someone pain, injury and even death the history of voodoo dolls and voodoo come from deepest africa and the tribal traditions of thousands of years. A voodoo devotee throws rum over a shrine made of broken glass bottles (left) and a man stands in front of a voodoo statue in the sacred forest of kpasse zoun (right) benin has no history of. The word voodoo comes from an african word meaning spirit or god vodou is an african diasporic religion that comprises traditional african religious practices of numerous tribes—some of those tribes were rivals forced to unite for survival under the conditions of slavery.
A brief history of voodoo: slavery & the survival of the african gods new orleans, louisiana: marie laveau's house of voodoo new orleans, louisiana: marie laveau's house of voodoo bourguignon, erika e 1993. In africa, witch doctors are consulted not only for healing diseases, but also for placing curses on rivals magic (or at least the belief in magic) is commonly used for personal, political, and. In the past centuries, voodoo was born in the region between abomey and ouidah in benin these rituals are still practiced today and nearly 80% of the nation's population professes this religion and benin's feticheurs are very powerful and very respected. Vodun (aka vodoun, voudou, voodoo, sevi lwa) is commonly called voodoo (vû'dû) by the public the name was derived from the god vodun of the west african yoruba people who lived in 18th and 19th century dahomey.
The voodoo religion, with 30 million followers in west africa, is one of the most misunderstood faiths in the world as part of the radio expeditions series in cooperation with national geographic. Origins of voodoo voodoo is a derivative of the world's oldest known religions which have been around in africa since the beginning of human civilization some conservative estimates these civilizations and religions to be over 10 000 years old. It is true that voodoo did originate in africa today it is practiced by millions throughout the world, in africa, the caribbean, central, north and south america, in various forms, often with elements of catholicism mixed in. West africa is fast gaining recognition for its wildly beautiful barren beaches, hypnotic african beats, vibrant fashions and strong cultures, which have reshaped the face of mankind yet, voodoo remains the world's most secretive and misunderstood religion, veiled in mystery.
Voodoo is a religion that was brought to the western coasts by slaves from africa it started in haiti in 1724 as a snake cult that worshipped many spirits pertaining to daily life experiences the practices were intermingled with many catholic rituals and saints. West and central africa the west african area is important because this is where the majority of slaves departed for the new world hence large elements of west african, particularly yoruba, religion (blended with catholicism) can be found in religions such as vodun (also known as voodoo) (haiti), candomblè (brazil) and santeria (carribean.
Louisiana voodoo is a unique brand of voodoo practiced, as its name suggests, mainly in louisiana and the southeastern united states though brought over from west african voodoo, this form as been heavily influenced by the practices of spanish and french settlers, as well as the creole population. Some one-fourth of the population adheres to traditional beliefs, including vodun (vodou or voodoo), which originated in the area of western africa that includes what is now known as benin and was brought to the caribbean and the americas by africans enslaved during the atlantic slave trade in the 17th-19th centuries. Voodoo religion voodoo religion - the history voodoo is a religion that was brought to the western coasts by slaves from africa it is believed to have started in haiti in 1724 as a snake cult that worshipped many spirits pertaining to daily life experiences. - voodoo voodoo a set of beliefs and rites, african in origin but closely interwoven with practices borrowed from the roman catholic church, constituting the living religion of both the rural and urban masses of the republic of haiti (comhaire-sylvain, 1.