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DEFINITION: “A set of beliefs and rites, African in origin but closely interwoven with practices borrowed from the Roman Catholic Church…the religion of Haiti (New Catholic Encyclopedia). The religion involves worship of a Supreme Being and spirits. The follower often sacrifices food and drink to the spirits and may be possessed by them. Voodoo teaches that radical change is harmful, thus supporting the existing conditions.” (Peoples of the World: Latin Americans)

NARROW THE TOPIC:    

  • Where did voodoo originate?
  • What are some characteristics of Voodoo as a religious system?
  • What are the similarities and differences to Santeria?
  • Should practitioners of Voodoo be allowed to sacrifice animals or prosecuted by cruelty laws?
  • What are the similarities and differences to Roman Catholicism?
  • What is the social impact of the religion on the people?
  • How was voodoo brought to the new world?

ONLINE CATALOG SUBJECT HEADINGS:

  • Voodooism
  • Occultism – West Indies
  • Folklore – Haiti
  • Witchcraft
  • Religion & Mythology
  • Haiti – Religion

SELECTED PRINT RESOURCES:

Creole religions of the Caribbean : an introduction from Vodou and Santeria to Obeah and Espiritismo / Margarite Fernandez Olmos and Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert.
by Fernandez Olmos, Margarite.
New York : New York University Press, c2003.
Call #: BL2565 .F47 2003

Black magic : religion and the African American conjuring tradition / Yvonne P. Chireau.
by Chireau, Yvonne Patricia, 1961-
Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c2003.
Call #: BR563.N4 C5 2003
Location: Main Stacks

ELECTRONIC INDEXES:

ProQuest
Academic Search Premier
Encyclopedia Britannica Online: Academic Edition

GOOGLE SCHOLAR: voodoo OR vodou (search results show either word)

SUGGESTED INTERNET SITES:

Religious Tolerance, Voodoo [http://www.religioustolerance.org/voodoo.htm]

Wikipedia, Haitian Voodoo [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haitian_Vodou] - Please note that Wikipedia is generally not suitable for inclusion in academic research papers. It is very good for background information and general knowledge, and it is considered in the same context as an encyclopedia. This article will help you to understand why you should not use Wikipedia references in your research paper. [http://academicwriting.suite101.com/article.cfm/using-wikipedia-as-a-source-for-college-essays]

CITING YOUR SOURCES:

Avoiding Plagiarism (The Online Writing Lab OWL at Perdue University) [http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/1/]

The key to avoiding plagiarism is to make sure you give credit where it is due. This may be credit for something somebody said, wrote, emailed, drew, or implied. (OWL)

EasyBib: Free Bibliography Maker [www.easybib.com]


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Mark Jackson,
Aug 17, 2010, 12:36 PM
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