Voodoo is a sensationalized pop-culture caricature of voudon, an afro-caribbean religion that originated in haiti, though followers can be found in jamaica, the dominican republic, brazil, the. 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. Thanks to popular portrayal by hollywood, voodoo is perhaps one of the world's most misunderstood religions most depictions of voodoo show a dark, mysterious religion that revolves around animal sacrifices, casting harmful spells, and using dolls to hurt others.
Voodoo was brought to haiti by slaves from west africa, but did not become a recognised religion by the caribbean country until the 1960s many voodoo rituals and holy celebrations coincide with events in the catholic christian faith as this was the religion of the french haitian slavemasters. Animal sacrifices, black magic, hypnotic dances and strange talismans are the kind of images most people associate with voodoo for years, popular culture has portrayed the religion as dark, mysterious, primitive and creepy. With voodoo's countless deities, demonic possessions, animal sacrifices (human sacrifices in the petro -- black magic form of voodoo) voodoo practitioners cannot understand why their religion is so misunderstood voodoo rituals are elaborate, steeped in secret languages, spirit possessed dancing, and special diets eaten by the voodoo priests and priestesses.
(part 4) nigeria's religious sacrifices, traditional priests, temples and shrines to the old gods and goddesses - this is a documentary on the roots of african relgion every year, osun state in south-west, celebrates the osun oshogbo festival - a sacred, two week long festival to cleanse the town and people of oshogbo. Religious ceremonies contain prayers, dancing, and rituals, as well as animal sacrifices the figure of the snake plays a major part in the rituals, and the high priest or priestess will embody the serpent's power. In haiti voodoo believers pray and perform animal sacrifices to feed and beckon the spirits then they dance until a spirit takes over their bodies and, it is said, heals them or offers advice. Another common misconception is that animal sacrifice is a widely practiced form of voodoo although karen did witness and document animal sacrifices, that aspect isn't embraced by all. Animal sacrifice is one of the most misunderstood aspects of haitian vodou animal sacrifice is not required at every vodou ceremony in fact,contrary to the popular myths and misinformation about vodou, animals, though important, are not the central focus of most ceremonies.
Louisiana voodoo, also known as new orleans voodoo, describes a set of spiritual folkways developed from the traditions of the african diasporait is a cultural form of the afro-american religions developed by west and central africans populations of the us state of louisiana, though its practitioners are not exclusively of african-american descent. Voodoo as a religion there are two different types of voodoo the religion and the evil version that hollywood made up voodoo has many traditions, and is a lot like christianity both believe in a higher being. Vodun is an ancient religion practiced by some 30 million people in the west african nations of benin, togo and ghana with its countless deities, animal sacrifice and spirit possession, voodoo. The main clue to his fate came when a lab report showed his intestine contained traces of the african calabar bean, a powerful poison used by adherents of voodoo. Ebó is a ritual offering or sacrifice as dictated by divination ebó is one of the cornerstones of the santeria religion, and it is the tool that we have been given by the orishas to change our fate and return our lives to a balanced and healthy state.
It is in the indigenous religions of africa where the holy rites of sacrifice originated, and are still extant it is interesting that the same exact animals utilized in vodoun's propitiation, atonement and ancestral ceremonies are the same exact ones demanded in the old testament in the book of leviticus-(levites meaning followers of the 'serpent mother spirit' . Voodoo ceremonies are held outdoors, people dance all night long and their main musical instrument is the drum they sacrifice animals and use them as offerings to the gods and ancestors ii different ways of practicing voodoo: the religion of sacrifices a what is a voodoo doll the voodoo doll is used to represent the spirit of a specific person. Worship during voodoo ceremonies, worshippers gather, pound on drums, chant and offer up sacrifices to the loa in certain instances, this can entail the sacrifice of a farm animal, such as a chicken.
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. Some people think voodoo and vodu are the same religion some people think they are not the same religion because voodoo has changed some after it was taken from africa for example, african vodu often has animal sacrifice (the animal is killed for the spirits), but this is not common in haiti. But to other voodoo communities, animal sacrifice is natural and integral to their tradition they take animal life with reverence, cook the meat and eat it as long as hunting and the slaughter of animals for meat is accepted in our country, less familiar cultural practices that take animal life must also be respected.
Animal sacrifice in santeria animal sacrifice is central to santeria the animal is sacrificed as food, rather than for any obscure mystical purpose. Nevertheless, voodoo is still a rather misunderstood religion due to its inaccurate portrayal by the media instead of associating this religion with zombies and voodoo dolls, we should perhaps take the time to better understand voodoo, and view it as a way of life or a set of guiding principles held by its believers. In some ritual sacrifices, called blood sacrifices, the animal was given entirely to the gods they were performed at burial ceremonies and at times of crisis instances of human sacrifice were rare, but some were recorded in the third century bc.