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Vodou, Vodun, Voodoo
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Afrocentric Experience: Origins of Voodoo
- Voodoo is a derivative of the world's oldest known religions which have been around in Africa since the beginning of human civilization. Some estimate these civilizations and religions to be over 10,000 years old. This page is part of the large and multifaceted Afrocentric Experience web site.
- Forum ["club"] for discussion on both Haitian Vodou and New Orleans Voodoo. Open membership, public archives.
- Discussion group, mainly about Haitian Vodou, but sometimes covering African Vodun and New Orleans Voodoo as well. "Seekers, syncretists, mambos, houngans, longtime practitioners, and those who love us are all welcome!" Public message archives; moderator must approve membership for downloading files and posting.
- The world's oldest Vodoun tradition alive in the diaspora.
- Website of Houngan Gate Sa Daginen. Essays on Haitian Vodou, descriptions of services, some photos.
- Small but well-designed site which features pages of information about some of the major Vodou lwa, and also reviews of books about Vodou.
h2g2 - An Introduction to Vodou: A Traditional African Religion
- "Guide" to Vodou as practiced in West Africa, Haiti, and Louisiana, USA.
Haitian Vodou: Serving the Spirits
- Description of the Haitian Vodou tradition, including history, core beliefs, role of clergy, standards of conduct and ways of worship. Also full-color graphics.
The New Orleans Voodoo Foundation
- Excellent educational resource about New Orleans Voodoo. Includes an extensive Voodoo Glossary,Vever Drawings, FAQ page, and a free service in which email questions are answered by Authentic practitioners.
New Orleans Voodoo Spiritual Temple Homepage
- Website of "New Orleans Voodoo" temple, run by Priestess Miriam Chamani. This temple is influenced by African-American Spiritualism, and Belizean Obeah, as well as by Haitian Vodou.
The Quick and the Dead -- The Souls of Man in Vodou Thought
- Essay by Richard Hodges on the Vodou concept of "soul." Vodou recognizes three spiritual components which together with the physical body make up a man: the ti-bonanj (petit bon ange) "little angel," gwo-bonanj (gros bon ange) "big angel," and mt-tt (maitre tet) "master of the head."
Remembering Sedley C. Antoine
- A biographical memorial to a former hubono or high priest of the traditional Dahomeyan African Rada Voodoo religious community in Trinidad, West Indies..
Scully Elly's Voodoo Joint
- "New Orleans Voodoo" botanica run by a hounsi kanzo (initiated in Haiti). Wide assortment of books, music, ritual supplies, and art. This link takes one directly to the "What is Voodoo" FAQ, rather than the store entrance.
Temple of Yehwe Home Page
- The Vodou temple is located in Washington D.C., and is an offshoot of Le Peristyle de Mariani, founded in 1974 in Mariani, Haiti, by Max-G. Beauvoir. Information about Caribbean herbology, as well as upcoming events and seminars, photos, and a discussion forum.
The traditional religion of Vodun (Voodoo) in Haiti
- Collection of scholarly and informative documents, by various authors, on the history and practice of Vodun (Voodoo) in Haiti; part of an even larger site on Haitian history in general.
- Discussion group "dedicated to the practice of (Haitian) Vodou in the NY/NJ/CT Tristate Area. All servants of God, Gineh and the Lwa, as well as those who would like to learn more about the religion, are welcome." Open membership.
Vodou Across the Water
- A discussion forum for people practicing Vodou and living outside of Haiti. Discussion topics include availability of religious materials, job-related issues, Vodou in current events.
The Vodou Forum
- The Vodou Forum is a teaching forum for the discussion of Vodou, herbal magic and healing, and Makaya, Santeria/Lucumi, Palo, Jamaican obeah, etc. Teaching units focus on various "lwa", or spiritual entities, and various concepts in Vodou practice.
- Brief description of Vodoun as practiced in Benin, by a student of Martine de Souza [Research Manager of The Historic Museum of Ouidah, Benin]. Page also includes photos and artwork.
Vodun (a.k.a. Voodoo) and Related Religions
- Historical and practical information on Vodoun, its panteon, and its rituals, from religioustolerance.org
The Vodun phenomenon in Benin
- Academic essay on Vodun practices of the Fon, Gun, Mina and Ewe peoples of South Benin.
- Academic article by John Cussans about the misrepresentations of Vodou in the Western media. Originally presented as a lecture at the October Gallery, London, in fall 2000.
- Open-membership forum for discussion of New Orleans Voodoo, "with occasional comparison to Caribbean and African traditions".
Voodoos and Obeahs - Phases of West India Witchcraft
- By Joseph J. Williams (1932), e-text from the Internet Sacred Text Archive.
Wikipedia - Voodoo
- Article about the religion and practice of Voodoo [by whatever spelling] on the Web's free and open-edited encyclopedia.
Windows on Haiti: Wisdom and Beauty in Haitian Vodou
- Essay by Dr. Marie-Jose Alcide Saint-Lot, a scholar of Haitian popular culture with graduate degrees from Brooklyn College and CUNY. This paper first presented at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
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