Practice of Voodoo is an old African tradition. Voodoo means Creator of God. It is a very powerful practice but it has usually been misused. Voodoo is a practice which encourages the participants to understand spiritual natures and natural processes of this life.
Today, voodoo is practiced by people throughout the world. It is not only practiced in Africa, it is also practiced in the parts of North South and Central America. The main purpose of it is to heal an individual in his or her relationships within that person’s own self, others and God. Around 1510 slaves were taken from Gulf of Guinea and Gambia to Congo. The slaves who were brought forcibly, were Christianized by their owners. The Africans' had faith in their culture and religion and that’s what gave them the sense of inner freedom within them though they were captive.
Although slaves came from different parts, they all believed in voodoos. The Voodoos believed in existence of supreme God. Below God there are Spirits called Loa which rule the world in different affairs such as love, family, happiness, health, wealth, justice, work etc. Offerings were made to Loas to ensure success. Each Loa had preferred vegetables or fruits, number, color and day of the week. Every element of the nature like the animals, plants, fruits, vegetables were sacred of a Loa called Orisha.
When slaves arrived at West Indies, they found their beliefs are similar to those of Catholics; the Catholics used to pray to the Saints to intercede to the almighty in their favor. The costumes and ceremonies of churches had a great charm for the Africans. So they made a few changes in their voodoo practices, the new practices were intermediate between the ancient voodoo rituals and Catholics rituals. Now voodoo is practiced and followed by people all around the world.
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