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Juan Diez Voodoo The Haitian Religion To a person who may be unaware of the teachings and history of Voodoo it may seem apparent that it is a negative religion To make such accusations without learning about the religion is not right Voodoo is a religion It is the dominant religion of Haiti Many of the practices and descriptions of Voodoo belief may sound like rank superstition but it is only to those who know little or nothing about the religion In Haiti Voodoo is taken very seriously not merely practiced by illiterate peasants but by many intelligent and learned members of the Haitian society It is a religion that has endured many hardships throughout its existence from slavery in Africa all the way to prosecution from Protestants in modern day Haiti This paper will try not to give a defensive or condescending attitude towards the religion of Voodoo but more of a presentation of facts that will enable the reader to decide of what he or she thinks about the religion Voodoo is not the cannibalistic child-sacrificing religion that modern day society has made it out to be but more of a religion in touch with its ancestors and its spirits Advocates of Voodoo have worked hard to change its image because it has been slandered by many people Some writers of Voodoo have even attempted to change the spelling of the word Voodoo to vodun vaudin vodoun vodou or vaudoux in an attempt to disguise the religion Changes in the name of Voodoo also stem from the way many of the people in Haiti pronounce the word Voodoo To begin a discussion on Voodoo and its elements a history of Voodoo and how this religion came to be is needed Fist and foremost Voodoo is probably the best example of African syncretism in the Americas Although its essential wisdom originated in different parts of Africa long before the Europeans started
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