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topic what is the significance of voodoo dr amos m d sirleaf ph d strayer university p g campus

Topic: What is the significance of Voodoo Dr. Amos M.D.Sirleaf (Ph.D.)Strayer University P.G. Campus

what is the meaning of voodoo
What is the meaning of Voodoo?
  • The word Voodoo means “Spirit”.
  • A person who practices Voodoo communicates with spirits. This is also, Black-African’s Scientific, Tradition, Cultural Philosophy.
spirits
Spirits
  • Agwe: spirit of the sea
  • Aida Wedo: rainbow spirit
  • Ayza: protector
  • Baka: an evil spirit who takes the form of an animal
  • Baron Samedi: guardian of the grave
  • Dambala (or Damballah-wedo): serpent spirit
  • Erinle: spirit of the forest
  • Ezili (or Erulie): female spirit of love
spirits continued
Spirits continued…..
  • Mawu Lisa: spirit of creation
  • Ogou Balanjo: spirit of healing
  • Ogun (or Ogu Bodagris): spirit of war
  • Osun: spirit of healing streams
  • Sango (or Shango): spirit of storms
  • Yemanja: female spirit of water
  • Zaka: (or Oko): spirit of agriculture
  • Magic: spirit of spells
history of voodoo
History of Voodoo
  • Voodoo is a religion originated in West Africa.
  • Voodoo was brought to Haiti by slaves.
  • Most aspects of the religion are positive and it affects all aspects of a person’s life, such as mortality, economics, relationship and health issues.
  • Vodun is another word for Voodoo.
  • Vodun means “spirit”.
history continued
History continued……
  • Vodun can be traced back to the Yoruba people of West Africa.
  • Vodun was suppressed during colonial times. White people destroyed the Black African believes systems, and utilized it for themselves.
  • Many priest were killed or imprisoned, and their shrines destroyed, because of the threat they posed to Euro-Christian.
  • Vodun has been freely practiced in Benin since a democratic government was installed in 1989.
  • Vodun is the official religion of Benin starting in Feb 1996.
what are the beliefs of vodun
What are the beliefs of Vodun?
  • Vodun practioners worship the Loa (spirit).
  • The word Loa means “mystery” in the Yoruba language.
  • Yoruba’s believe in a chief god named Olorun, and a lesser god names Obatala.
  • Vodun believes in a higher power just as the Roman Catholics.
  • The Loa’s (spirits) resemble Christian Saints.
  • Vodun believes in the afterlife.
  • Gros bon ange meaning “big guardian angel”.
  • Ti bon ange meaning “ little guardian angel.
voodoo rituals and ceremonies
Voodoo Rituals and Ceremonies
  • Purpose to make contact with spirits.
  • Escape bad fortune.
  • Celebrate healing, birth, marriage, and death.
  • Voodoo priest are both male and female.
  • Male ( hungan).
  • Female (mambo).
  • Voodoo temple (humfort).
components of a ritual or ceremony
Components of a Ritual or Ceremony
  • A feast
  • Creation of veve (pattern of cornmeal of flour to represent the loa)
  • Shaking of rattle, beating of drums.
  • Chanting.
  • Dancing by the houngan or mambo and hounsis.
  • Animal sacrifices (goat, sheep, chicken, or dog).
  • Individual possession.
where is voodoo practiced
Where is Voodoo practiced
  • Africa
  • Central North and South America
  • Haiti
  • New Orleans
  • New York City
  • Chicago
demystifying the beliefs about voodoo
Demystifying the beliefs about Voodoo
  • All Voodoos are not evil. Like the Bible, you can use it to your benefits
  • Voodoo dolls are evil ( not heard of in the original Voodoo in Haiti).
  • Human sacrifice (goes against Voodoo moral code).
  • Voodoo is not sorcery, but a religion.
  • Voodoo is only practiced for evil, no Voodoo is a active energy.
  • Black Magic ( depends on the person’s intent).
conclusion
Conclusion
  • In conclusion Voodoo is another form of Spirituality, religion, Meditation, that holds a significant purpose in today’s society. Whether or not one chooses to believe it represents good or evil is a personal decision one must make for themselves. All things are relatively evil or all things are relatively good. From a personal perspective, Voodoo is a spiritually necessary practice…