term for the West African Vodun and the closely related religions of the African Diaspora

Vodoo or Vodoun is a series spiritual folkways that developed from the traditions of the African diaspora; variants include:


  • The spirits arrived, seizing a woman and a man.
  • The man proceeded to rub a burning torch all over his body and walk on hot coals without being burned. The woman, in a frenzy, screamed repeatedly, then grabbed a live chicken and bit its head off.
  • Haitians’ understanding of how God is manifest in our lives is very different from that of most Christians, Jews or Muslims, but their documented experiences certainly prove the old adage that the Lord works in mysterious ways.
  • This Greek revival tomb is reputed burial place of this notorious "Voodoo Queen". A mystic cult, voodooism, of African origin, was brought to this city from Santo Domingo and flourished in 19th century. Marie Laveau was the most widely known of many practitioners of the cult.

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