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An introduction to Voodoo / Vodun

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Introduction para: A traditional religion from Western Africa with an ethical focus on combating greed and promoting honour. It is based on the worship of spirits that are loyal to a monotheistic deistic (non-interventionist) creator god. It is more correctly known as Vodun, although other titles include Vodoun, Voudou, and Sevi Lwa. "The name is traceable to an African word for 'spirit'. Vodun's roots go back to the West African Yoruba people who lived in 18th and 19th century Dahomey. That country occupied parts of today's Togo, Benin and Nigeria". When West Africans were forcibly taken to Haiti and other islands in the West Indies as slaves, their beliefs spread with them and also to South America and the Caribbean region in general. Voodoo was suppressed and its followers persecuted by Christian powermongers, and it was forced underground, with many believers merely pretending to be Christian, and practicing Voodoo in secret. As a result of this, Voodoo priests were well-placed to orchestrate and inspire slave revolts. It is now acknowledged that Voodoo merged African beliefs with re-interpreted Christian saints and symbols, but also that Christianity abused and mis-represented Voodoo, causing long term damage to its reputation. There are up to 60 million Voodoo practitioners worldwide, with about 16 million in Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria.

Tags: africa, benin, ghana, haiti, nigeria, religion, togo, vexen, vexen crabtree, vodun, voodoo, west africa
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