Spirituality

The reality of African Voodoo spirit

African Voodoo Spirit, also known as vodun, comes from the Fon word vodu which literally means spirit or deity. It’s from West Africa, and the religion has been practiced for over 2,000 years. Most African Voodoo Spirit followers believe in one creator god who has numerous incarnations or spirits within him or her.

Stereotypes are dangerous

The images conjured up by the word witch doctor or voodoo priestess are not always accurate. When people think of these stereotypes, they often picture an African man with a bone in his nose wearing a headdress. However, this is only one type of witch doctor.

The truth is that there are many types of witchcraft in Africa, just as there are many types of Christianity. There are different religions that use witchcraft for good purposes such as healing the sick or performing miracles like raising the dead to life again.

However, some religions have used witchcraft for evil purposes such as killing enemies or bewitching them so they would do their bidding.

Religious views

African Voodoo Spirit is a religion with an unknown origin. It is unclear where this religion originated, but it has been around for quite some time. Some people believe that African Voodoo began in Africa, while others argue that religion was brought to Africa by slaves who were taken from Africa to Haiti.

Whatever the case may be, African Voodoo has evolved into its own unique belief system with rituals, deities, and everything in between. There are about 50 million followers of this tradition all over the world today.

One of the most intriguing aspects of African Voodoo is how it deals with death. When someone dies in African culture there are two different approaches that their family members can take.

How Africa was influenced by colonialism

When the Europeans first came to Africa, they found that many Africans were practicing African Voodoo Spirit. As the Europeans started to come in contact with Africans, they took many of their customs for themselves. For example, during colonialism, many Africans were forcibly converted to Christianity.

This was a way for them to show dominance over their subjects by converting them from the religion that they practiced on their own accord. Africans felt like they had to comply because if they didn’t, the Europeans would keep coming into their villages and attacking them. Africans learned about African Voodoo Spirit from those who already practiced it before European colonization.

Voodoo is entirely normal in Benin, Nigeria

People across West Africa, especially Togo, Ghana, and Nigeria hold similar beliefs but in Benin it is recognized as an official religion, followed by some 40% of the population.

Voodoo Day is a public holiday and there is a national Voodoo museum.

It has none of the negative connotations it has in the West and many of those who are officially Christian or Muslim also incorporate some Voodoo elements into their beliefs, especially in times of crisis.

But Voodoo is more than a belief system, it is a complete way of life, including culture, philosophy, language, art, dance, music, and medicine.

The Voodoo spiritual world consists of Mahou, the supreme being, and about 100 divinities – or Voodoos – who represent different phenomena, such as war and blacksmiths (Gou), illness, healing and earth (Sakpata), storms, lightning and justice (Heviosso) or water (Mami Wata).

Voodoo priests ask these gods to intervene on behalf of ordinary people but local adherents stress that they have nothing to do with sorcery or black magic.

People here do not stick needles into dolls to cause misfortune to their enemies, as you see in some Western films – this image may have arisen from the icons of a particular god that a priest may have in their shrine.

Some Voodoo priests use herbs to cure the sick – and possibly to poison enemies.

They also sometimes ask for offerings, such as a chicken or a sheep, which is then sacrificed to the divinity, or some alcohol is poured onto the floor.

This can happen when asking for help or when your wish has been granted.

People seek help on various issues – to be cured of a disease, find a job, complete a business deal, find a spouse or have a child.

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