There are distinctive forms of voodoo - voodoo as it is practiced in haiti, in new orleans, in chicago or in new york city in fact, the original african gods. Louisiana voodoo, also known as new orleans voodoo, describes a set of spiritual folkways developed from the traditions of the african diaspora it is a cultural form of the afro-american religions developed by west and central africans populations of the us state of louisiana. Louisiana voodoo is a unique brand of voodoo practiced, as its name suggests, mainly in louisiana and the southeastern united states though brought over from west african voodoo, this form as been heavily influenced by the practices of spanish and french settlers, as well as the creole population. African-american history professor kodi roberts, a native new orleanian writing a book on voodoo and power, began studying the religion as a way to understand the evolution of black identity in the us.
With hundreds of years of history, voodoo was the first religion in africa and is one of the world's oldest religions while a large percentage of west africans are now christians or muslims, many still practise voodoo on the side. Haitian vodou haitian vodou, called sevis gineh or african service, is the primary culture and religion of the approximately 7 million people of haiti and the haitian diaspora. History: africa term papers (paper 3608) on voodoo: voodoo is a spiritual tradition which originated in haiti during the period of french colonial slavery early in the colonial history of hispaniola, t.
A brief history of voodoo: slavery & the survival of the african gods [ap antippas] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a guide to strange gods, strange altars the museum exhibit at marie laveau's house of voodoo new orleans louisiana. The term hoodoo is often used interchangeably with rootwork, conjuration, conjure, witchcraft, voodoo, and obeah while each of these traditions are similar in that they are all derived from african traditions and contain an inherent element of manipulative magick, they are not exactly synonymous. Other names associated with the laws of the congo include palo mayombe, palo monte, palo congo, brillumba, voodoo, obeah, candomble, kimbisa and more originating in the great lakes region of eastern equatorial africa, many bantu peoples migrated to other central african regions. Voodoo is a true syncretism a mix of the worship of gods thethe ir west african ancestors observed from ancient times and the worship of the catholic saints that the slaves were taught in the new world.
Vodun (aka vodoun, voudou, voodoo, sevi lwa) is commonly called voodoo (vû'dû) by the public the name was derived from the god vodun of the west african yoruba people who lived in 18th and 19th century dahomey. Voodoo religion voodoo religion - the history voodoo is a religion that was brought to the western coasts by slaves from africa it is believed to have started in haiti in 1724 as a snake cult that worshipped many spirits pertaining to daily life experiences. The word voodoo comes from an african word meaning spirit or god vodou is an african diasporic religion that comprises traditional african religious practices of numerous tribes—some of those tribes were rivals forced to unite for survival under the conditions of slavery.
Pythons, preserved skulls and voodoo ceremonies drew us from ghana to benin, the birthplace of voodoo these fetish origins of worship predate many religions by 10,000 years and keep a link of ancestry alive in west africa while exploring the cape coast area of ghana, we met apollo, a man with a. West africa is fast gaining recognition for its wildly beautiful barren beaches, hypnotic african beats, vibrant fashions and strong cultures, which have reshaped the face of mankind yet, voodoo remains the world's most secretive and misunderstood religion, veiled in mystery predating many. The history of obeah obeah is power it is a belief an african tradition a human tradition obeah is egyptian obeah is ashanti obeah is hebrew. The voodoo religion, with 30 million followers in west africa, is one of the most misunderstood faiths in the world as part of the radio expeditions series in cooperation with national geographic. To understand voodoo as a culture and a religion, one must understand its history haiti has become a prominent figure for voodoo because of its african cultural and religious heritage through the sixteenth-century slave-trade system, africans were taken from west africa to the west indies to work.
Origins of voodoo voodoo is a derivative of the world's oldest known religions which have been around in africa since the beginning of human civilization some conservative estimates these civilizations and religions to be over 10 000 years old. Voodoo in africa: christian demonisation angers followers benin's priests try to dispel misconceptions about ancient religion practised by half the country's population monica mark in ouidah. The voodoo which was developed in louisiana included various african rites and rituals, witchcraft and healing rituals often included snakes, roosters, drinking blood and sexual relations an important component of many ceremonies was the sacrifice of animals. Voodoo followers from other part of africa arriving at voodoo festival in ouidah,benin according to the voodoo tradition, there is one supreme god, who is known by different names in different parts of the world.
Investigating the syncretism of catholicism and voodoo in new orleans journal of religion & society 4 14 (2012) ancient african cultural spiritual practices, because of their moral and religious value, with. Ouidah, the ancient port of the slave trade, is considered one of the capitals of the african voodoo, here one can visit the local fetish market, the temple of pythons, a sacred animal for the voodoo, and the old portuguese fort, now home to the museum of history of the city. The african holocaust society is a progressive african organization made up of scholars dedicated to an authentic study of african history, culture and contemporary politics content map politics 15. Voodoo's african elements include worship of loa he had been known to laugh, writes robert tallant in voodoo in new orleans a brief history of voodoo:.
As pope benedict xvi visits benin, widely seen as the home of voodoo, the bbc's virgile ahissou explains the reality behind what is often a misunderstood religion africa podcasts in pictures. West and central africa the west african area is important because this is where the majority of slaves departed for the new world hence large elements of west african, particularly yoruba, religion (blended with catholicism) can be found in religions such as vodun (also known as voodoo) (haiti), candomblè (brazil) and santeria (carribean. July 29th, 2012 sociology 300 what is the significance of voodoo to african science and philosophy voodoo (vodun) is a derivative of the world's oldest known religions which have been around in africa since the beginning of human civilization.