Vodou (Voodoo)

 

Vodou (Voodoo)

West African Vodou
 
Djembe Drum
Vodun
or Vudun ([vodṹ] — that is, with a nasal u on a high tone) (so spelled in the Fon language of Benin and the Ewe language of Togo and Ghana; also spelled Vodon, Vodoun, Voudou,"Voodoo" etc.) is a traditional Polytheistic organised religion of coastal West Africa, from Nigeria to Ghana. It is distinct from the unorganised traditional animistic religions in the interiors of these same countries, as well as from various religions with often similar names of the African Diaspora in the New World, such as Haitian Vodou, the similar Vudu of the Dominican Republic, Candomblé Jejé in Brazil (which uses the term Vodum), Louisiana Voodoo, and Santería in Cuba, which are syncretized with Christianity [so as to not be persecuted by the slave masters for practicing their well-established, traditional religious faith] and the traditional religions of the Kongo people of Congo and Angola.
 
The word vodún is the Gbe (Fon-Ewe) word for spirit. When the word is capitalized,
Pearl PBA Thai Oak Bata
Vodun,
it denotes the religion. When it is not, vodun, it denotes the
spirits that are central to the religion. "Voodoo" is the most common pronunciation amongst English speakers. Vodun is practised by the Ewe, Kabye, Mina, Fon, peoples of southeastern Ghana, southern and central Togo, southern and central Benin, and (under a different name) the Yoruba in southwestern Nigeria. See also: Dahomey mythology and Yoruba mythology1
 
 
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