Voodoo popularly denotes several interrelated religions in Africa, the Caribbean, and North America. All in one way or another descend from the religion properly known as Vodu or Vodun, found in the nations bordering West Africa’s Bight of Benin, most prominently Benin and Togo. Haiti’s Vodou developed from the importation of Africans during the era of the slave trade. While Vodun contributed strongly to the Haitian faith, the latter also contains notable influences from other areas of West Africa, West Central Africa, and European Catholicism. Haitian immigration to North America has led to a significant Vodou presence in several United States cities, including Miami and New York. Meanwhile, a variety of North American Voodoo, or Voudou as some prefer to call it, was historically found ...

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