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Growing voodoo presence in U.S. catches attention. North America - United States - Occult Growing voodoo presence in U.S. catches attentionby Jim Jones ("The Charlotte Observer," June 22, 2001) "I think the interest in voodoo is growing," said Robert Stewart, a New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary faculty member who has researched the religion for his denomination and for a BBC special on New Orleans voodoo.

Growing voodoo presence in U.S. catches attention

As evidence he cites the many voodoo sites on the Internet, the growing numbers of voodoo studies by scholars, the popularity of spirituality with many Americans and the trend among African Americans of learning more about their religious roots. Via the Internet, the curious can have a virtual voodoo experience complete with drum music. Click the mouse and fashion a voodoo doll, or order a potion or powder to bring back a lost love, save a business or put a hex on an enemy. In America it has also been influenced by spiritualism, the belief the dead communicate with the living. Chamani moved from Chicago to open the temple in 1989. States Slavery Percentages in United States in 1860 Census. The Voodoo Society. Dix ans après Katrina, le vaudou revient à La Nouvelle Orléans. Religion in Prisons – A 50-State Survey of Prison Chaplains. Voodoo a Legitimate Religion, Anthropologist Says. "After it crosses the ocean, everything is transformed," says Yvonne Chireau, a professor of religion at Swarthmore College.

Voodoo a Legitimate Religion, Anthropologist Says

"It starts out in Africa, but after that journey it is very, very different. " Evolving Faith In the nation of Haiti, slaves from different parts of Africa fused their different beliefs into a new spirit religion. This flexibility persists in voodoo today. Haitians not only blended different African beliefs, but also added other influences to the religious mix, including Native American traditions and the Catholicism of their conquerors. The results are unique. Voodoo characteristics are "elastic," says Davis. Spirits Among the Living Voodoo practitioners believe in one god, but they communicate with the divine through thousands of spirits, or "Loa," which have power over nature and human existence.

Voodoo: Principles, History & Gods. Oya or Yansa, Aida-Lenso, Olla.

Voodoo: Principles, History & Gods

Goddess of wind, fire, water and rainbow; ruler of the nature, fighter - courageous, beautiful, passionate and unpredictable. Oya is a goddess of sudden change. Her energy is shown also in the destructive power of wind storms, floods and earthquakes. The Power of Oya stems in her speed and her ability to change things immediately. Yemaya or Imanje, La Balianne [Yemalla] The Spiritual Churches of New Orleans: Origins, Beliefs, and Rituals of an ... - Claude F. Jacobs, Andrew Jonathan Kaslow.

Voodoo. Voodoo in New Orleans. Investigative Files Joe Nickell Skeptical Inquirer Volume 26.1, January / February 2002 New Orleans has been declared America’s most haunted city (Klein 1999, 104), and tour guides-following the imaginative lead of Anne Rice-have attempted to overlay it with bogus legends of vampires and other spine-tingling notions.

Voodoo in New Orleans

But perhaps the city’s oldest and most profound occult traditions are those involving the mysterious practices of voodoo. During a southern speaking tour I was able to set aside a few days to explore the New Orleans museums, shops, temples, and tombs that relate to this distinctive admixture of religion and magic, commerce and controversy. Voodoo Voodoo-or voudou-is the Haitian folk religion. According to one writer, “The Blacks suffered under merciless circumstances-their property and their family and social structures all torn to shreds; they had nothing left-except their Gods to whom they clung tenaciously.” Voodoo Queen Who was the real Marie Laveau? Magic or Myth? TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE: LOUISIANA, HOME OF VOODOO WORSHIP IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Almost 15% of of the population of Louisiana state practice Voodoo.


Louisiana Voodoo, also known as New Orleans Voodoo, is described as a set of religious practices which originated from the traditions of the African diaspora. It is a cultural form of the Afro-American religions which developed within the French, Spanish, and Creole speaking African American population of the U.S. state of Louisiana. The real voodoo queen of New Orleans; Voodoo Macambre.It is one of many incarnations of African-based religions rooted in West African Dahomeyan Vodun.

They became syncretized with the Catholicism and Francophone culture of south Louisiana as a result of the slave trade. Louisiana Voodoo is often confused with—but is not completely separable from—Haitian Vodou and southern Hoodoo. Voodoo devotee in New OrleansHistoryAfrican influencesVoodoo was brought to the French colony Louisiana from Africa and from the Haitian exiles after the Haitian revolution.

Robert Tallant wrote in 1946, New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana. Louisiana - Religion in America: U.S. Religious Data, Demographics and Statistics.