In the mainstream western world, we have been taught that Voodoo is the spawn of satan, the root of all evil, blasphemy, and something that you don’t wanna get yourself mixed up in. At the very least, you might find the idea of a Voodoo doll humorous, something to mess around with and maybe extract revenge on some high-school bully who made you feel awful about yourself.
And of course, that makes sense, especially if what we know from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom taught us. You can get a Voodoo doll and stab your enemies in the back from a distance!
And yet… As I put together this Minute Faith episode, my entire world was flipped upside down.
Turns out theres a LOT of mis-characterization about Voodoo that is just plain…. Wrong!
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The origins of Voodoo actually span back to the natives on the plains of Africa! Their Animistic traditions spans back hundreds of thousands of years, as you can see in this video about Animism.
Voodoo is a sort of syncretic merging of that ancient tradition, with the terrifying onslaught of slavery, combined with modern Christianity and Catholicism.
Isn’t that just surreal?
Further, there really isn’t even such a thing as Voodoo Dolls! That was a scare tactic to get the “white man” to be afraid of the “trance-ritual-black-man” during the advent of slavery, so as to keep the two races separate!
Voodoo pretty much came out of that, and evolved from there.
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