TRUE THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT VOODOO
Added on: 9th Aug 2016
Voodoo is a spiritual expression that blends together
indigenous African religions with animism and Spiritism.
Sometimes, shamanism and witchcraft are also thrown
into the fray.
THE TWO WORLDS
Voodooists hold central to their belief that there are two
interrelated worlds: the visible and the invisible. Death
separates us from the invisible world where our
ancestors still watch over us.
THE MOST FAMOUS VERSIONS OF VOODOO
Voodoo is most known in three places: West Africa, Haiti, and
Louisiana. Beyond there, it is sometimes practiced in places
which had many West African slaves such as Cuba, Brazil,
Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.
Most Voodooists believe in a supreme being, though the deity
is more distant and less accessible than lesser spirits.
This monotheistic religion refers to god as Bondye.
All voodoo practitioners are known for interacting with
lesser spirits, often called “lwa”. The spirits often differ
between branches and some have even been merged with
Catholic saints after the collision of European
Christianity and African Voodoo.
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LWA
Voodooists develop relationships with the lwa to ask their
advice and learn from their experience and connect
with them on a spiritual level.
THE LWA AND NATURE
All of the lwa are connected to some sort of natural force,
such as Ogou, the male lwa of iron and metallic powers.
VOODOO'S STATUS IN HAITI
Voodoo is protected under the 1987 Haitian constitution,
but this wasn’t always the case. In an attempt to ostracize
the religion, the Catholic Church burned Voodoo shrines
and beat its clergy in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s.
Voodoo does not have a leader nor definitive scriptures.