VOODOUAlso known as VOODOO
This is the religion popularly referred to as Voodoo.
It came originally via the African slave trade — folk plucked from their native lands took their Gods and beliefs with them. Their traditional beliefs were mixed and stirred with the prevailing Roman Catholic ritual.
Voodou became a powerful influence, especially in Haiti. It also spread to other islands — and other deities have drifted in from the nearest parts of South America. This mix-and-match process is known as Syncretism. Sorry about that.
'Voo' means Introspection, 'Dou' means the Unknown. It has little to do with Hollywood zombies and pin-ridden dolls lurching all over the place. Voodou does have its unsavory aspects, but the populist Hollywood version is a highly sensationalized fiction based on stereotype and brute ignorance. Also, there's plenty of opportunity for drumming and rumming the night away.
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.
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Location : the Caribbean
Gender : Sorry, we don't know
Type : Concept
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : OKAY, not bad
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : VOODOO
Popularity index : 1043
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