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  1. pamela
    May 19, 2015

    Voodoo came from Africa and then went to haiti. It was not started in haiti.

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    • LouisianaNative
      March 19, 2017

      Actually voodoo started in Haiti. What you are referring to is Vudon (vodun, voodun, vodou) the Yoruba religion from Nigeria and the vudon religion from Benin or Ghana was brought to the Americas and Caribbeans. Once in the Caribbean the vudon or Yoruba religion made a slight change in its name and practice. In my hometown of Louisiana it became hoodoo by name, Jamaica it became obeah, in Brazil it became candomble, it became Santeria in Mexico, in Cuba it became La Regla de Arara. That all have different names with different numbers of spirits in the pantheon and different ways it’s is practiced. However they all share the west African origins. Because there is slightly differences once it came to the Americas it was given different names. Slaves were not allowed to maintain their African religion so they masked their vision gods with a catholic saint. However if it’s not enough saint to cover the many voduon gods a big part of the practice is missing because each gods serves a distinctive and unique role that another can’t substitute which gives it a new practice and a new name. So yes voodoo started in Haiti which came from the African version of voduon

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      • Marcus Milton
        February 8, 2018

        Everything that you said is wrong lol. Stop acting like you know what you are talking about.

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      • Niki
        September 24, 2018

        Unfortunately 95% of what LousisanaNative has said about Santeria and Yoruba is wrong (or very much jumbled up).
        So, whoever is doing their research, looks elsewhere for a more accurate info.

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      • Tameica Turner
        May 10, 2020

        In need of a ceremonie of protection do you know were I can get one done from the babalawos

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    • Manifestation of Olodumare
      April 17, 2019

      Africa is the birthplace of religion. Period.

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      • Mary
        October 24, 2019

        Interesting `

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  2. Dante
    July 17, 2015

    this is a bit innaccurate. because the official religion of haiti is catholiscm. and many hatiains exlusivly practice catholiscm with no voodoo. but in cuba…. of the 80 percent catholics probaly 70 percent are santeria catholics. the 10 percent (probably less) are exlusivly catholic. which is extremely rare. its more common for someone to be pentecostal or protestant (converts from santeria)….. the remaining 18 percent reject all things catholic and are exclusivly santeria. santeria has nothing to do with catholicism. they are 2 completely different religions. with different beliefs. sometimes santeria only appears catholic. but this is only to outsiders. santeria is the official religion of cuba. most demographics wont tell u that because the people who say there catholic also practice santeria. most cubans are free thinking and spiritual people, who arent afraid to incorperate multiple faiths and ideas, and usally have ther own beleifs about things. its not uncommon for a cuban to be unexlusive with there religion unless ur one of those afrocubans (like me), who follows the religion in a more african style. voodoo is more popular becuase it exist in new orleans, and is technically american. but santeria by far has more followers. candomple is extremely similar to us to so were often grouped together. many foreiners, latin americans and non latins alike practice santeria abroad. its an extremely popular relgion among latin celebs and throughout the world

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    • LouisianaNative
      March 19, 2017

      Haiti is 90% catholic and 100% voodoo. However it’s not a good idea to allow people to know you practice voodoo. Because of this you would think catholic is the primary religion but it’s not. Voodoo is. Voodoo is practiced under the guise of Catholicism by masking voodoo gods with saints. so even when Catholicism is being practiced at the surface voodoo is also being practiced covertly at the same time. It was voodoo that gave the Haitian rebellion the victory in defeating the European colonialists. In fact defeating one of the worlds largest and strongest armies the French at the time with a few black slave causing the French to sell the Louisiana purchase due to lost in money and lost in a battle against voodoo practicing Haitian slaves. The punishment for this still continues. The European western conquerers are still making Haiti suffer because of defeating them in the past and they also give voodoo a bad name through Hollywood and media because it was voodoo that gave the slaves supernatural help. So today voodoo is shunned although practice covertly.

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  3. Jean
    January 27, 2016

    Why is Santeria capitalized and Voodoo not?

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    • LouisianaNative
      March 19, 2017

      Because voodoo is a broad term describing various aspects of the religion, while Santeria is the actual name of a form of voodoo. It’s like if I say I am a man, I won’t capitalize man. If I say I am a man named Todd I would capitalize Todd. Although Todd and man are one of the same.

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      • Cherie Mcclintock
        June 16, 2020

        One of the Catholic Churches in New Orleans has a Sunday voodoo/catholic service . Also u didn’t mention whodo. i probably spelled it wrong! Whodo is the same as voodoo but when u use the power to do something someone else may view as bad or evil to someone.

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  4. Wolfe
    July 3, 2016

    @Dante – it’s more than just a little inaccurate. It’s completely inaccurate. Obviously some little housewife with too much time on her hands that thinks because she has some potential Hispanic blood she knows what either is. Makes me laugh. Tell ya what puta ask your grandmother or an older woman what either is… they’ll know far more than you.

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    • Jonestown
      November 5, 2016

      You know you wrong, puta!

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    • Mihalinka
      January 6, 2018

      Why the hostility?

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  5. Alexandra Gelbard
    June 20, 2017

    The photo you use is of Madeline and his spiritual community as they do a public “folkloric” performance of how they do ritual reverence for Ancestors. They are a community of Muertera practitioners and they don’t practice “Santeria”. The photo was taken at Festival del Caribe probably in 2016. I was there and know them well.

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  6. Kenya
    June 28, 2017

    It’s mentioned Yoruba’s practice the Santeria religion. Most Yoruba’s are Celestials. What’s the difference between Santeria and Celestial

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  7. Robert Holland
    October 8, 2017

    This article is very shallow, and leaves me with a list of superficial “facts” , many of which have been called into question by previous people who commented, every one on the list gives me no actual information as to the effect the point has on the belief systems, or everyday lives of the adherents, or anything tangible at all.
    It’s about as useful as saying, of two similar houses, one has been painted yellow and one blue.
    ‘One uses a French influence and the other a Spanish’ .
    This is obviously true, but what does that actually mean. I would think French Catholicism is much different to that of Spain.

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    • Robert Holland
      October 8, 2017

      I meant the two Catholicisms are NOT different to any extent at all.

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  8. Jesus Ortiz
    June 16, 2018

    @LouisianaNative: thank you for the info. I recently had the privilege to visit New Orleans FrenchQuaters, learned a little about Marie Laveau or Queen of voodoo @ the voodoo museum. It’s a beautiful city… God Bless…

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  9. Xerxes
    October 15, 2018

    Define “official religion”

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  10. Anonymous
    November 17, 2018

    What is the source of the power experienced by practitioners of Voodoo and Santeria? Is it supernatural from God, supernatural from the devil, or natural explanation?

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  11. Manifestation of Olodumare
    April 17, 2019

    Whoever wrote this article has no idea what they’re talking about. If you want to know the Santería way, get a godparent. And for the record, Santería might not be an “official” religion but it’s been around for thousands and thousands of years; way before Jesus or Muhammad were conjured up.

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  12. Psalm 104
    June 28, 2019

    No, turn away from these works. Repent all of you, and be baptized in the name of YHWY, Yahushua Hamashiach and the Ruach HaQudash. These things that are being spoken of is an abomination to the Creator, and should be an abomination to everyone. These things are works of the familiar spirits whom are ascended from the earth and are evil. Don’t you know that all that are dead are in their graves without knowing nor having consciousness? Repent from these works of the wicked and trust in YHWY and in his son Yahushua Hamashiach.

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  13. Pat
    September 18, 2019

    Interesting. Planning a trip to New Orleans

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  14. Randall. E. Greenway
    October 24, 2020

    Would like to learn more of santeria and voodoo.

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