The voodoo religion traces to the yoruba people of the 18th and 19th centuries, who lived in what are today the countries of benin (formerly dahomey), nigeria, and togo its roots, however, are considered to be from 6000 to 10,000 years old. Voodoo is actually a mix of a couple different belief systems, including catholicism and african beliefs it is the main religion of more than a couple of caribbean islands, with the largest island in practice being haiti. Voodoo is the official religion of haiti and was brought into the west indies nation by african slaves 'gods of suburbia': dina goldstein's arresting photo series on religion vs consumerism dina goldstein. The voodoo religion is a very old religion in voodoo, there is only one god, the belief in christ and many loa/lwa the voodoo religion consists of three major systems, which include the rada, petro and ghede. Vodou (or voodoo) is a monotheistic religion that is often misunderstood common in haiti and new orleans, vodou merges catholic and african beliefs to form a unique set of rituals that include voodoo dolls and symbolic drawings.
Religions see also: afro-american religion for a list of related religions which are sometimes called or mistaken for vodou/voodoo, such as santería or candomblé brazilian vodum, one of the major branches (nations) of candomblé. The history, beliefs and traditions of voodoo: part i-haitian vodou caribbean history , haiitan vodou , haitian culture , lwa , voodoo i have decided to share a bit about the history and development of voodoo both in haiti and in louisiana in this first installment of a series of articles of voodoo culture and history. Roman catholicism is the official religion of haiti, but voodoo may be considered the country's national religion the majority of haitians believe in and practice at least some aspects of voodoo most voodooists believe that their religion can coexist with catholicism. Voodoo spells originated as a part of religion there are many traditional rituals associated with voodoo a high priest or priestess can bestow the powers of serpent, since snake is an important part of voodoo ritual.
Voodoo religion and healthcare definition of health in the voodoo culture illness comes from an imbalance of hot and cold and it stems from their diet---- for instance most fruits are cold foods, while cinnamon, rum, and eggs are considered hot. An actual religion, vodun practiced in benin, dominican republic, ghana, haiti, togo and various centers in the us - largely where haitian refuges have settled an evil, imaginary religion, which we will call voodoo. Home of the vodou religions - haitian vodou, las 21 divisiones, dominican vodou, and sanse bonswa in the name of god, the ancestors, saints and los misterios, i am houngan hector, a houngan asogwe (high priest), of the haitian vodou religion and a caballo de misterio within las 21 divisiones and sanse serving god and [. In those areas where catholicism was the dominant religion, such as new orleans, hoodoo practices mingled with not only catholicism but vodoun (voodoo) as well in these instances, christian saints often became associated with the spirits and deities of voodoo. The ritual symbols of voodoo a veve is a religious symbol for a vodou loa (or lwa) and serves as their representation during rituals in haiti, the veve derives from the beliefs of the native tainos.
These are my replies to questions i am often asked about hoodoo and its relationship to religion the opinions expressed are my own, and were developed through several decades of magical work in a variety of cultural, magical, and religious traditions. Modern day benin is regarded as the birth place of this religion, and the name 'voodoo' itself means 'spirit' in the local fon language it has been suggested that voodoo in west africa evolved from the ancient traditions of ancestor worship and animism. Voodoo is one of the world's oldest known religions and is generally acknowledged to be the world's most powerful form of magic voodoo is a living religion, traces of which can be found not just in new orleans but all across america and, indeed, throughout the world. Voodoo is a religion that has two markedly different branches: haitian vodou and louisiana vodoun hoodoo is neither a religion, nor a denomination of a religion—it is a form of folk magic that originated in west africa and is mainly practiced today in the southern united states. Vodou, also spelled voodoo, voudou, vodun, or french vaudou, a religion practiced in haitivodou is a creolized religion forged by descendents of dahomean, kongo, yoruba, and other african ethnic groups who had been enslaved and brought to colonial saint-domingue (as haiti was known then) and christianized by roman catholic missionaries in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Though recently suppressed, bloody human sacrifices and cannibalism is a vital part of the voodoo religion the latin church mass, with its sacrifice of christ, and eating of his literal flesh, is the counterpart to voodoo cannibalism. 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. Voodoo from africa to the west indies was brought to haiti by slaves in the 17th century voodoo to vodu meaning spirit belief worship of the spirits of family ancestry. This has made the voodoo into a kind of national religion of haiti thus today voodoo has a certain military symbolism, which is not found in other afro-american religions in 1996 voodoo became an official national religion in benin.
The haitian vodou religions are full of different types of rituals and ceremonies that are conducted some ceremonies or rituals are offered and open to the public vodou community while others are conducted, by houngans and mambos, for private clientel. The spiritual belief called voodoo originated in africa, born of the west african traditional religion known as vodun or vodounfollowers believe in the existence of one supreme god, who is. 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.