Haitian voodoo is a syncretic or religion, that originated in Caribbean countries of Haiti. It is somewhat intermediary between the practices and beliefs of peoples of West African and people of Arawakia, Some beliefs were taken from Roman Catholic Christianity. Voodoo was originally created by slaves living in Africa. These slaves were brought to Haiti, in early 16th century. They followed traditional African beliefs, but they had to convert their religion to the religion of their slavers. Haitian Voodoo practitioners are known as Vodouisants.
Haitian Voodoo believes in deities called Lwa who are subordinates of their God Bondyè. Practices venerating the dead and witchcraft are parts of voodoo. The northern part of Haiti is very much influenced by voodoo practitioners of Kongo. In northern parts of Haiti, voodoo is often called Lemba or Kongo Rite, in southern parts of Haiti it is known as Petwo. The Dominican Republic and eastern Cuba and even some outer islands of the Bahamas have strong beliefs for Haitian voodoo.
Today, voodoo gets practiced, not only by the Haitians, even by the Americans and other people throughout the world. These people may or may not have been exposed, directly and indirectly to the Haitian culture. There are people from all around the world who have strong superstitious beliefs; they feel that Haitian voodoo can do a lot of charms and magical effects in their lives. They even pay thousands of rupees to the priests and the priestess to do spells and magic for them.
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