Commonly know as Voodoo, Vodun originated in West Africa perhaps as long as 6,000 years ago. According to the Religious Tolerance .ORG site (religioustolerance.org), it was brought by slaves to the West Indies during the 19th Century, with the largest concentration ending up in Haiti. Pockets of Voodoo practitioners can be found in the Southern United States, mainly concentrated around New Orleans, Louisiana and Miami, Florida. However, you are likely to find people who practice Voodoo anywhere Haitians have settled. Voodoo is not a violent or evil religion. In fact, according to Religious Tolerance .ORG, Voodoo shares many characteristics with Christianity. Another, highly sensationalised, form of Voodoo exists only on television and in the movies and is largely based on Sir Spencer St. John's highly inaccurate 1889 book, "Hayti or the Black Republic."
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- Religious Tolerence.org; Religions of the World; Vodun (a.k.a. Voodoo and related religions)
- "Hayti or the Black Republic"; Sir Spencer St. John; 1889
- If you are looking for voodoo dolls or other souvenirs, you should visit a voodoo shop the next time you are in New Orleans or Miami. Alternatively, you'll find many online voodoo shops that would be happy to help you with whatever you need.
- Practitioners of Voodun, like those of any religion, take their practice seriously. When communicating with Voodun practitioners, you should treat them with the same dignity and respect you would for any religious practitioner. If you approach them with an open mind and genuine interest, you might enjoy a long-lasting friendship with a Voodoo priestess.
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