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Is Voodoo Witchcraft? Is it a Religion or is it Black Magic?

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Written by: Tina Caro

Educating yourself about witchcraft and all its nuances is the most important thing when starting your witchy journey. Getting to know and recognize certain practices when they cross our path is equally important! Today, with this article, we are going to talk about voodoo and, specifically, we are going to answer the question: is voodoo witchcraft? Let’s find it out together!

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Voodoo, often referred to as Vodou or Vodun, is a syncretic religion that originated in West Africa and developed further in the Caribbean and Americas during the African diaspora.

Key characteristics of Voodoo include the worship of spirits or loa, belief in ancestral veneration, and the use of sacred objects and symbols in rituals.

Contrary to popular misconception, Voodoo is not inherently witchcraft; it is a legitimate religion with its own belief system, deities, and practices.

Voodoo rituals serve various purposes, including healing, protection, divination, and seeking guidance from the spirits, providing a holistic approach to addressing life’s challenges.

What is voodoo?

When you hear the word “voodoo” you immediately think of something sinister and gloomy, in particular, the famous doll with pins that over the decades, especially thanks to Hollywood, has become a symbol of voodoo cults; it represents the obsession people have with the ability to “hit” another person from a distance.

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Voodooism in West Africa

In short, “black magic” or “witchcraft”.

Key characteristics and beliefs of Voodoo

CharacteristicDescriptionSignificance
Ancestor WorshipReverence and honoring of ancestors and their spiritsEstablishes a connection between the living and spirits
Deities and SpiritsBelief in various deities and spirits governing the worldGuides and influences human affairs
Rituals and CeremoniesPerformance of rituals and ceremonies for various purposesFacilitates communication with spirits and deities
Magic and SpellworkUtilization of magic and spellwork for practical purposesA means to influence events and seek guidance

But is voodoo witchcraft?

Actually, no! In reality, the term “voodoo” is generic, reductive, and also not strictly correct. The term, also known as “vodun” or “voodoo”, originates from ancient Dahomey, now Benin, and is a full-fledged religion complete with a pantheon of divinities, doctrines, and cosmology.

The so-called “black magic” is actually a very limited aspect of the cult and among other things, it is not practiced by everyone. Moreover, even in the European Middle Ages, there were sorcerers practicing voodoo, not necessarily utilizing black magic.

Voodoo rituals are widely used in the voodoo religion but are also widespread in the West in the context of black magic.

MisconceptionRealityExplanation
Voodoo is solely black magicVoodoo encompasses both religious and magical aspectsVoodoo is a complex belief system that includes religion, magic, and spirituality
Voodoo is inherently evilVoodoo has both positive and negative aspectsLike any other belief system, Voodoo can be used for both good and harmful purposes
Voodoo is only practiced for harmVoodoo practitioners seek positive outcomes as wellVoodoo rituals and spellwork can be performed for healing, protection, and love
Table 2: Misconceptions and Realities

In order to use voodoo, it is important to know them in-depth, and it is for this reason that many professionals, called black magicians, have been in Haiti or Africa for a long time, or still are, in order to learn all the useful knowledge on the subject thanks to the local sorcerers.

Antique ceremonial suit for Haitian Vodou (Voudun), exhibit at Ethnological Museum of Berlin, Germany

By being in contact with local voodoo sorcerers, it is in fact possible for western black magicians to better understand how to implement spells, even the most complex ones.

What are voodoo rituals for?

What are voodoo rituals for? Many people in the West rely on black magic experts to have the following wishes fulfilled:

Many people are convinced that voodoo rituals really exist, in the sense that they really work. Also, there is faith in the practice because of its long tradition relating to these occult practices, as specialized witches in voodoo rites of powerful black magic tell us.

 

The spells of voodoo rituals can also be used to nullify the evil voodoo of which you may believe you are a victim.

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voodoo talisman
An example of a talisman.

Effectiveness of voodoo rituals

Voodoo rituals are practices that can be very powerful, yet dangerous if not done properly. Therefore, it is very important to always rely on experts if you intend to practice a voodoo ritual.

It should also be noted that, as with all other black magic rituals, it is impossible to be sure that they always work 100%. However, many cultures have used voodoo for centuries to see their wishes fulfilled. Black magicians themselves, if they did not believe in the functioning of these rituals, would never spend all that time in Haiti or Africa to discover the secrets of voodoo.

There are numerous books by subject matter experts devoted to black magic and voodoo, and this helps make the related practicable witchcraft rites even more credible. The presence of so much written material, ancient, modern, and contemporary, helps to make everyone understand that voodoo rituals are to be taken seriously.

Not surprisingly, practicing a voodoo ritual alone could have serious drawbacks, so it is very important to rely on competent people instead of resorting to dangerous DIY initiatives.

It is also worth taking note of the fact that black magic is much more powerful than white or red magic, and voodoo rituals are no exception. Where red and white spells fail, black magic most often succeeds in granting the required wish.

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What is used for voodoo rites?

Voodoo rites can be very effective for hurting an enemy, making a person fall in love with himself, and for all other purposes outlined in a previous paragraph. In order for the rites to work, ancient magic formulas are used, and the use of a photo of the person to be hit, or voodoo dolls.

My own voodoo doll
Copyright: Tina Caro, voodoo doll.

Voodoo dolls, or a photo of the target to hit (of the enemy to harm) are also perfect in the case of death hexes. Thanks to pins used in specific places to cause pain, it is possible to confer atrocious suffering on the person to be hurt.

Basically, voodoo is a religion but its practices, the ones we deal with, are taken from this religion and customized according to the caster.

About
Tina Caro

Tina Caro is a witch with more than 10 years of experience, a yogi, an astrologer, and a passionate supporter of all things holistic! She’s also an owner of the website Magickal Spot where she discusses a variety of her favorite topics.

Magickal Spot has helped thousands of readers worldwide, and she’s personally worked with hundreds of clients and helped them manifest desires to have a happier and more abundant life.

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