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Voodoo is the name given to an occult system of magic and superstitious rites prevalent among certain peoples of African decent.[1]

A Voodoo Priest is a Houngan , a priestess is a mambo. A bokor is a practitioner of black magic.

A major application of Voodoo is healing using a combination of faith, and herbal medicine.

In voodoo worship, spirit possession of the worshiper by the gods (loa) is regarded as desirable.[2]


  1. Nuttall Encyclopedia of General Knowledge, article on Voodoo originally published in 1907 written by Reverend James Wood
  2. Live Science. Reference: Voodoo: Facts About Misunderstood Religion, by Benjamin Radford, Live Science Contributor, October 30, 2013 12:47am ET (livescience.com)
    Part 4: Biblical demon possession and Haitian loa possession (home.snu.edu)
    Haitian Voodoo: The Possession of the Spirits (lima.osu.edu)