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Eyeing Tourism, Haiti Battles Its Violent Reputation - HISTORY

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                                               H A I T I A N    V O D O U

This article is about the syncretistic Haitian religion.

For the West African religion, see West African Vodun.

For the related tradition in Louisiana, see Louisiana Voodoo.

For other uses, see Voodoo.

Vodou (Anglicized: Voodoo) is a name attributed to a New World syncretistic religion, or family of religions, based on the faiths of the Fon, Ewe, and related peoples of West Africa (see West African Vodun), of the Kongo people of Central Africa (see Lemba), and of Christianity.

It is found in areas of the African diaspora, especially Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Brazil.

This article is primarily concerned with the form of the religion as it is practiced in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

See Louisiana Voodoo for the Afro-creole tradition of New Orleans, Santería and Arará for the forms local to Cuba, and Candomblé and Umbanda for Brazil.

In Vodou [voo - doo], all Creation is divine and therefore contains divine power, which can be accessed by practitioners. The core functions of Vodou are to explain the forces of the universe,
to influence those forces, and to influence human behavior. Vodou oral traditions carry genealogy, history, and fables. Adherents honor deities and venerate ancestors, both ancient and recent.

When the word Vodou is capitalized, it denotes the religion. In lower case, it means the spirits of
the religion.
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