This short informational article on the culture and religion of voodoo can only provide interested readers with a brief introduction. Because the history of the various religions that are the purview of voodoo practitioners across the world, mainly in Africa and the Americas, is a very long one indeed. Interested readers can download files, take out or purchases books on the various sects that blossomed from the original source.
And that original source, of course, is indeed Mother Africa. But how did it come to be scattered across the Americas, even in Louisiana, Southeast of the United States of America. Quite simple, really. Those readers who also covet an interest in colonial expansion will know this historical fact well. Where did most of the American slaves originate from? Africa, of course. The voodoo religion and its associated cultures have its roots in Ghana, West Africa.
It was along the gold coasts of West Africa where the capturing and transacting of slaves was a cruel hive of activity. From there onwards, the cruelly treated and maimed slaves were chained in ships’ holds and shipped off to South America and what is today known as the USA. Along the way, slaves were dropped off along Central America where, once they were finally emancipated, they began to evolve their own new cultures and customs, of which the voodoo cultures can be included.
Because it has been cruelly misinterpreted in movies and TV shows, the most famous national example is that of Haiti, one of the world’s most impoverished and persecuted countries. But the fact remains, the voodoo cultures, customs and religions remain a very important part of everyday Haitian life. Cynics are quick to dismiss this fact, but what is much a part of the voodoo religion is heavily influenced by Christianity.