I wanted to learn about a religion that I had no clue about a religion that was not like my own in any way, or so I thought the more I studied this religion the more I found out that Voodoo and Christianity are very similiar. I have always grown up in a Christian religion I have never really studied about any other religion. I chose to learn about Voodoo. Voodoo itself means spirit. This is not like any religion that I have ever read about. “Voodoo originated in the West Indies country of Haiti during the French Colonial Period (1699 to 1763), and it is still widely practiced in Haiti today. The foundations of Voodoo are the tribal religions of West Africa, brought to Haiti by slaves in the seventeenth century (Brandstotter).” Voodoo came to the United States only about 250 years ago, it is very common in New Orleans to this day. Since slaves were not allowed to practice Voodoo they were forced to be baptized as Christians. In results, voodoo was shaped in some ways by Christianity. In both religions they sing and dance to show their happiness and their faith to their God.
Many people believe voodoo to be a religion all about curses and zombies we all believe what we only see in the movies being as not many of us has seen voodoo being practiced in person. I am among one of these people. Voodoo has some similarities to Christianity believe it or not. They only believe in one god, the god Bondye. “Voodoo is an oral tradition without a primary holy text, prayer book or set of rituals and beliefs. In different regions, Voodoo practices, the names of gods and other traits can vary considerably (Wilson).” This makes it very difficult to determine what rules to follow and practices should be done for what. Followers ...
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...sed to save the life of the mother than it is not supported by the religion. Also Voodoo followers do not partake in autopsies which may be very difficult in our day and age. Performing an autopsy is considered ruining the human body. Voodoo has their own ways of determing what is the cause of death.
All in all, I have found this religion to be very interesting I have learned so many facts and non-facts about this religion. Before this paper I always associated Voodoo with sorcery and “dark magic,” but after studying this religion I learned that it is the complete opposite of this and is very similar to Christianity in so many ways. Voodoo is not used to place spells on people and do not have any associations with real world zombies. Voodoo also does not believe in “dark magic,” or “white magic.” I hope that this paper open the eyes of every reader as it did mine.
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