Voodoo is a religion brought to the United States by black slaves from Nigeria, a country that became a central resource of the rise in slavery for the colonial powers, which began with the mass transport of slaves from West Africa to the United States around the year 1500 with the cruelest forms of humiliation. . Of course, these human beings weren’t slaves, but were just forcibly made that way.
Many of them were killed and beaten like animals. Among the barbarian nations were Spain (which colonized countries like Cuba, Venezuela, Peru …), Portugal (Brazil) and the United Kingdom (which colonized North America). Other countries also built their economy on slavery, but the former ones expanded the yoke hand in hand with Christianity and with the most cruel impact on other native nations such as the American Indians.
Voodoo originated in Nigeria, which has more than 250 ethnic groups, the largest being Yoruba or Igbo with religious systems such as Olorun or Vodun. Nigeria was the cradle of prehistoric civilizations like Nok. The Nok culture had developed many years before Christ and is known to have had contacts with then ancient Egypt. Several archaeological excavations confirm this. The Nok people wore symbols that personified the authoritative representations of Egyptian culture.
Dr. Kwame Nantambu (Kent State University) says that black Africans in ancient Egypt wrote the Bible (Old Testament) as scribes, which is a fact that the Catholic Church hides from the public. Even today, in Ethiopia, you can meet “black Jews”, black Ethiopians with Judaism as their faith.
It may surprise some people, but the Catholic Church is an organization that resembles the Roman Empire in a way. It is divided throughout the world into provinces in the same way as the Roman Empire; It has its Emperor and much of the Catholic heraldry resembles that used in the Roman Empire. Similar analogies exist in our history and voodoo is no exception.
Voodoo, along with some other contemporary African religions, is the only living religion in the world that contains some elements of ancient Egyptian beliefs, in particular the cult of Isis, which had been very popular until the 4th century AD also in Europe. until it became Christianity. the official dogma. A logical support for the above statement is that Isis was the Goddess of Magic, which is the very element of voodoo. Of course, there are other “magical religions”, but the cult of Isis and voodoo (African voodoo) are territorially closer, and both very ancient.
Voodoo is a branch of a variety of religions practiced in the then Nigeria and not only the result of the Vodun that currently lives in Africa, but is conditioned by the history in which it developed after 1500 on the African continent. We currently have a Haitian type, but also its ramifications in other parts of Latin and North America.
The basic concept of this religion is based on magic, spirits and the worship of God. Some parts were merged with Christianity, for example, Candomblé in Brazil. Louisiana Voodoo is just another branch, which appeared in New Orleans. Except for Haiti, Haitian-type voodoo can also be found in Brazil, Trinidad, or the Dominican Republic (we could certainly mention a few other countries as well).
Voodoo as a religion can be described from the inside or the outside and many parts are secret. Voodoo is a spiritualistic religion, which means that a practitioner can be exposed to spirits or a spiritual experience; some spirits can help (heal, give predictions) or harm (a curse used against an enemy). Voodoo believes that there is only one God and its practitioners give a strong accent to the behavior of nature and adjust their attitudes to it accordingly. It is understood that spirits are the helpers of God or the Devil.
Of all the dominant religions, only Hinduism can be comparable to voodoo as it is open and draws its power from Aboriginal cultures as well. A similar practice found in both Voodoo and Hinduism is, for example, Kolam or Rangoli, the traditional Hindu images drawn on the ground (auspicious signs), either on the ground or in front of the threshold. Another similarity between Hinduism and Voodoo is the belief in snake people. Hindus believe in nagas and have naga gods (like Khodiyar Maa); Voodoo practitioners have a serpent god (or god closely associated with snakes) named Damballah Wedo.
Voodoo as a religion became famous with its zombies, which are mentally dead people (made by a voodoo wizard). In association with voodoo, we can also come across the term Hoodoo, but the difference is like between a religion and a practice (or Wicca and Witchcraft).
Voodoo has spirits, gods, and goddesses (like Erzulie), but her Egyptian appearance likely survived in the form of the Goddess Yemayá – Yoruban Orisha or Goddess of the Ocean, who was brought to America by the African Diaspora. Yemaya brings fish to the fishermen and her sign is the crescent moon, which gives us a strong association with the Hindu goddess Durga. In Brazilian candomblé, it is known by the previous name, which may differ slightly (Yemanja); in Haitian voodoo she is worshiped as the goddess of the moon.
Voodoo is a religion that should not be played with. It must be approached with respect and not derision, otherwise we will soon discover that its power really works. The consequences can be good or bad.