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Scary yet True Things about Voodoo

May 16, 2018

The history of Voodoo has its background in West Africa that moved to the Americas through the slave trade. It is a community based religion which identifies one Supreme Being and numerous smaller spirits. Voodoo-ists highlight a moral code and refrain from hurting others. They are also known for their energy-filled drum and dance ceremonies. There are many interesting things about them:

1. Voodoo’s true self

Overall, Voodoo is not about black magic and spells, it is a community-based religion which emphases on healing and imparting well to others.

2. Voodoo follows a moral code

Voodoo has never included human sacrifice. They follow their moral code which strictly forbids harming of others.

3. Voodoo’s believers

About 4 million people in Benin and 5 million in Haiti follow Voodoo today, among others in smaller groups across the world.

4. The reason for animal sacrifice

The practice of surrendering a animal during a Voodoo ceremony is to give life energy to the lwa.

5. Possession in Voodoo

Voodooists believe the lwa can possess a worshiper’s body during certain religious ceremonies. Iwa are the lesser spirits with whom voodoo’s communicate. It’s also believed the soul can escape from the body while dreaming and during possession by a lwa.

6. The importance of healing

Central to Voodoo is healing people from illnesses. Herbs are used and the lwa are raised to heal the sick.

7. Communication with the lwa

Voodooists communicate with lesser spirits through prayer, animal sacrifice, possessions and drum/dance ceremonies.

8. One god

This monotheistic belief refers to god. Most Voodooists trust in a supreme being, however the divinity is more aloof and less controllable than lesser spirits.

9. Relationship with the lwa

Voodooists grow relationships with the Iwa spirits, to ask them for advice and learn from their knowledge and link with them on a mystical level.

10. Most famous forms of Voodoo

Voodoo is most recognized in three places: West Africa, Haiti, and Louisiana. It is sometimes also practiced in places such as Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.

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