posted on Jul, 13 2003 @ 08:26 AM
Is it a religion or just something we watch in the movies?
The religion of most of the population of Haiti is voodoo. its origins ar ein Africa, especially in Benin (formerly Dahomey). The term voodoo is from
vodum, which means, god of spirit in the Fon language of Africa. The beliefs of the Afican slaves gradually mingled with the Roman Catholicism of the
white French plantation owners of Haiti.
Voodoo combines a belief in one god with a belief in various kinds of spirits. The purpose of voodoo is too serve spirits and keep their good will.
The god Bondye (from the French 'bon dieu') is identified with the Christion god. He is considered remote and unapproachable. Real devotion is given
to the spirits (loa, or lwa, in the Yoruba language of Africa). The spirits ar enot evil. They serve as intermediaries between people and Bondye.
Each person is believed to have several souls. After death these souls becomes spirits that take possession of another individual. When possessed, a
believer does ritual dances, accepts animal sacrifice for the spirit, and offers valuable counsel and advice. Otherwide the role of the spirit
combines the functions of guardian angel and patron saint.
Male voodoo leaders are called Hungan and the female Mambo. They serve small congregayions as counselors, healers of the lively voodoo ritual. Annual
festivals are held in honor of the major spirits.
There are traditions of private magic and sorcery that have been sensationalized by outsiders - especially stories about Zombies. These are presumably
souless bodies raised from the grave to be slaves. It is probable that they are actually persons who have been drugged into insensibility and revived.
(but not everything is so Black & White)
So whats peoples opinion on this subject then?
Religion? or just hocus pocus?