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VOODOO the faith Created By:  Tiffany Emswiller
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Vodun's can be directly traced to the West African Yoruba people who lived in 18th & 19th century Dahomey. Its roots may go back 6,000 years in Africa. That country occupied parts of today's Togo , Benin Nigeria . approximately 30 million people in Togo, Ghana and Benin practice
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Since the Voodoo faith dates back so far, there are no records of it’s original founder. However, Marie Laveau is one of the more notable leaders of the Voodoo cause in the United States. Voodoo had its first part in the United States through slaves brought into Mississippi. Voodoo become a rather open thriving community headed up by two Voodoo queens both known as Marie Laveau. One disappeared some time after her After her dead Voodoo became less public, and turned to a more private manner of worship, yet the myths about the religion lived on created what is known
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In voodoo worship often times fetishes are used. Fetishes are objects meant to contain the essence or power of particular spirits are used. Fetishes are important in the Vodoun religion, originating in western Africa as small pouches or chests, or items worn as amulets, and evolving into doll fetishes that were believed to possess the spirit of the person on whom the doll was modeled. That mystical practice of Vodoun practitioners was misrepresented and generally overdramatized as a horror element of voodoo in popular culture
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Voodoo practitioners use dance to “channel" ancestral spirits. They often spin in a type of trance while adorned with various sacred voodoo symbols such as masks, and fetishes. Men with sticks keep the dancer from getting close to others at the festival, because it's believed even the slightest touch from a dancer could kill. During dance ceremonies a veve will be made. A veve is made of powder, drawn horizontally from the pinched fingers of a skilled practitioner standing spread legged, meant for a specific spirit invoked during a specific ceremony. Having served its purpose, it is erased without a thought by the succeeding dancers.
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a feast before the main ceremony creation of a veve shaking a rattle and beating drums dancing and possession animal sacrifice; Those who practice Voodoo worship their gods (the loas) because humans and loas depends upon one another. Loas depend on humans for food, and human in return hope for help, and protection. Most Voodoo worship ceremonies include:
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DIVIDED? Each group follows a different spiritual path and worships a slightly different pantheon of spirits, called Loa. ORGANIZATION WITHIN A VOODOO SECT: Vodou worship is organized around ounfos or temples. Believers may be tied to a temple through blood or simply neighbors drawn to them. There is no formal representation of
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2011 for the course REL 101 taught by Professor Ernst during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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