Voodoo is a religious system that is practiced by millions in the contemporary societies of Africa, the Caribbean, South America and New Orleans, Louisiana, in the United States.

Voodoo is an amalgamation of West African cultural and religious practices. The term voodoo is often understood as vodou, vodon, or vodun. The word voodoo translates to the word spirit. African Diaspora religions comparative to Voodoo include Candomblé, Lucumi, and Macumba. The traditions and beliefs of Africans residing in such places as the Congo, Angola, Benin, Togo, and Nigeria feature prominently in voodoo ceremony or practice; specifically, the Congolese, Yoruba, Fon, Ibo, Bantu, Diola, and Bambara influences in voodoo are profound. The voodoo pantheon includes divinities present among the Yoruba and Fon, such ...

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