Voodoo started in West Sahara and is derived on African practices from Nigeria, Benin, and Togo where the Yobura people dwell. The word Voodoo is derived the west African word, "Vodun, " that means "spirit. " Voodoo practitioners believe in one God. The 1700 - 1800's brought masses of slaves from Africa to the Caribbean to work on plantations. Ceremonies were constructed of invocations, drumming, dancing, singing, and the sacrifice of creatures.
Plantation owners thought of them to be savages and had a go at Christianize the slaves. Being that there were many similarities between the two religions, Catholicism was worked into the Voodoo religion. The late 1700's saw the arrival of enslavement, along with the slaves' tradition of vodu, to Louisiana. Although the Catholic Church tried to baptize the slaves, the slaves found a way to mask their rituals. After a while, Voodoo in Louisiana changed and evolved to what is now known as "Louisiana Voodoo."
The earliest known Voodoo queen from Louisiana is DeDe Sainte'. She came from Santo Domingo and allegedly bought her freedom. Sainte' held ceremonies in her courtyard on Dumaine St. She did become a inspiration to Marie Laveau, Louisiana most celebrated Voodoo queen. There are a good many delusions when it comes to the practice of voodoo. These include cannibalism, human sacrifices, the ability to turn into monsters, worshiping Satan, and raising people from the dead and turning them into zombies. The portrayal of the Vodu religion by Hollywood is one of the largest reasons for these misunderstandings. In reality, Voodoo is a exceptionally spiritual religion whereas devotees work towards achieving a higher state of mindfulness. Right now, Voodoo is studied by millions of people around the world.
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Vodu is rather captivating, and like most magic voodoo takes advantage of a tool to assist in projecting the energy the practitioner harnesses. The tool vodu practitioners choose is a doll, the voodoo doll is just a tool.
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