Voodoo – The Oldest Religion In The world

Voodoo – The Oldest Religion In The world

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I always thought Voodoo, was bad, satanic and evil. Society’s perception of voodoo rites and rituals have been distorted by Europeans to only place focus on the evil or malicious side of things. There are healing spells, nature spells, love spells, purification spells, joyous celebration spells. Spirits may be invoked to bring harmony and peace, birth and rebirth, increase the abundance of luck, material happiness, and renewed health.  The fact is, for those who believe it, voodoo is powerful. It is also empowering to the person who practices it.

Voodoo is one of the world’s oldest religions, it has been purposely characterized as barbaric, primitive, sexually licentious practice based on superstition and spectacle. Much of this image, however, is due to a concerted effort by Europeans, who have a massive fear of any and EVERY thing African, to suppress and distort a legitimate and unique religion that flourished among their enslaved Africans. When slavers brought these peoples across the ocean to the Americas, the African’s brought their religion with them.

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Yet upon researching, I’ve discovered that it’s not evil at all. Sure you can do some pretty nasty things to those who piss you off, but “Voodoo (Vodun) is a derivative of the world’s oldest known religions which have been around in Africa since the beginning of human civilization. Some conservative estimates these civilizations and religions to be over 10,000 years old.” Ironically, it was the enforced immigration of enslaved Africans from different ethnic groups that provided the circumstances for the development of Voodoo.

European colonists thought that by desolating the ethnic groups, these could not come together as a community. However, in the misery of slavery, the transplanted Africans found in their faith a common thread. They began to invoke not only their own Gods but to practice rites other than their own. In this process, they comingled and modified rituals of various ethnic groups.

The result of such fusion was that the different religious groups integrated their beliefs, thereby creating a new religion: Voodoo. The word “voodoo” comes from the West African word “vodun,” meaning spirit. This Afro-Caribbean religion mixed practices from many African ethnics groups such as the Fon, the Nago, the Ibos, Dahomeans, Congos, Senegalese, Haussars, Caplaous, Mondungues, Mandinge, Angolese, Libyans, Ethiopians, and the Malgaches.

However, since slavery included stripping the slaves of their language, culture, and heritage, this religion had to take some different forms. It had to be practiced in secret since in some places it was punishable by death, and it had to adapt to the loss of their African languages. In order to survive, Voodoo also adopted many elements of Christianity. When the French who were the colonizers of Haiti, realized that the religion of the Africans was a threat to the colonial system, they prohibited all African religious practices and severely punished the practitioners of Voodoo with imprisonment, lashings, and hangings. This religious struggle continued for three centuries, but none of the punishments could extinguish the faith of the Africans. This process of acculturation helped Voodoo to grow under harsh cultural conditions in many areas of the Americas.

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Voodoo is a practical religion, playing an important role in the family and the community. One’s ancestors, for instance, are believed to be a part of the world of the spirits, of the Loas, and this is one way that Voodoo serves to root its participants in their own history and tradition. Another practical aspect of Voodoo ceremonies is that participants often come before the priest or priestess to seek advice, spiritual guidance, or help with their problems. The priest or priestess then, through divine aid, offer to help such as healing through the use of herbs or medicines (using the knowledge that has been passed down within the religion itself), or healing through faith itself as is common in other religions. Voodoo teaches a respect for the natural world.

Within the voodoo society, there are no accidents. Practitioners believe that nothing and no event has a life of its own. That is why “Vous Deux”, you two, you too. The universe is all one. Each thing affects something else. Scientists know that. Nature knows it. Many spiritualists agree that we are not separate, we all serve as parts of one. So, in essence, what you do unto another, you do unto you, because you ARE the other. Voo-doo. View you. We are mirrors of each other’s souls. God is manifest through the spirits of ancestors who can bring good or harm and must be honored in ceremonies. There is a sacred cycle between the living and the dead. Believers ask for their misery to end. Rituals include prayers, drumming, dancing, singing and animal sacrifice.

Music and dance are key elements to Voodoo ceremonies. Ceremonies were often termed by whites “Night Dancing” or “Voodoo Dancing”. This dancing is not simply a prelude to sexual frenzy, as it has often been portrayed. The dance is an expression of spirituality, in connection with divinity and the spirit world.

In most of the United States, however, white slavers were successful in stripping slaves of their Voodoo traditions and beliefs. Thus, Voodoo is, for most African Americans, yet another part of their heritage that they can only try to re-discover.

 

Nuwla contributor – Dr. Shewanna Johnson
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Source: http://www.africanholocaust.net/, Voodoo – African Spiritual Religious Systems

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Dr. Shewanna Johnson

Dr. Shewanna aka Conscious Queen is a 42-year-old Washington, DC native who currently resides in Charlotte, NC. She is A wife, a mother and a Clinical Psychologist with a natural desire and dedication to uplift the black community diaspora. Dr. Johnson is a Howard University, Tennessee State and University of Phoenix grad working now on her P.H.D. in Psychology. “I describe life as a passion cocktail. Mixed with love, experience, knowledge, and pain. It’s the pursuit of happiness with a side of reality.” Discovering who you truly are is not defined by wealth, education or financial status. It’s the struggle of your spirituality at war with this alternate reality we live in. The heart will always transpire you within. Good or bad I regret nothing out of respect for what it taught me.

 

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  • Excellent article, thank you very much! I was also deceived about the Voodoo religion, so this has been an enlightening read.

    • David Fenelus

      Thank you for commenting. Come back everyday.

    • John J Rouse

      What a lie. A quick search reveals Hinduism is the oldest religion. But what do you expect from a group of smaller brainers who claimed “we beez da ghyshuns n sheeit” “we beez flying mastical carputs n sheeit” and the most famous and hilarious “we beez colonialized marz n sheeit”

      • David Fenelus

        The day we let whites tell us about our history is the day pigs grow wings.

        You are such an idiot. Keep posting though you prove it with every comment.

        • John J Rouse

          Your “history” is based on lies. The rest of us who know the truth will wait her feel sorry for you for being so pathetic or like me will just laugh at you.

          • David Fenelus

            You are too dumb and narcissistic to understand that the black conscious community and I couldn’t care less what you and the likes of you think, say or do. You simpleton.

          • John J Rouse

            I do understand. If I came from a race with virtually no accomplishments I’d make shit up,too. Just like the guy back in the 90s who started the “we beez gypshuns n sheeit” movement when he was called out as to why he made it up he said “well, we’ve got to,give them something to beleive in”

          • Leonard Langdon

            What have you accomplished?

        • Angie LovesNikki’

          That John J. Rouse is jus a ignorant bitch hiding behind the internet…. He/she would never say the stupid shyt he say to n e of us in person…. Don’t even feed into his stupid comments it J. Rouse obviously has nothing better to do then respond on comments that people post. Obviously the life he/she has needs sum sort of attention because misery loves company n that’s all that he/she is trying to get.

          • John J Rouse

            I’d say it to you because I don’t lie and try and make you feel better, I’ll speak the truth and tell you like it is. What would you do? Chimp out on me? I’d put anyone who threatens me in a body bag. It’s might right to self defense and nothing will happen to me. I use my full name, not some ghetto ass shit like you.

          • Angie LovesNikki’

            Lls u funny as shyt n u don’t even speak proper grammar if u want to b technical…. U r not worth n e bodies time that’s y u r lonely n ignorant bitch get a fuckin Aids dick n die slow bitch…. U won’t say shyt to people in their face that’s y u stay on line u a internet BITCH n that’s it….keep responding to everyone’s comments kuz u have nothing better to do u miserable faggot. U say self defense bitch u don’t have a clue …but no worries KARMA is a bitch so u will reap what u sow.

          • John J Rouse

            Funny how this nigress talks about proper grammar when it murdered the English language on every single one of its post.

          • Angie LovesNikki’

            U think I care about u n Wat u think u don’t have a clue but I won’t feed into u. Ur a lonely bitch that has nothing better to do then comment on everyone’s discussion kuz no one is talking to u.

          • John J Rouse

            You will feed into me, I own you. As evident above.

          • John J Rouse

            I wonder what that nigress from randallstown did for karma to get it and almost it’s nigglet.

          • Angie LovesNikki’

            U don’t have a clue she is now a angel n heaven u r living n misery kuz u r a miserable no life having bitch…..point blank period u r probably fat n nasty n have no life u miserable ass faggot. Die slow bitch…..

          • John J Rouse

            That black devil ain’t in heaven or “hebbins” as you gorillas pronounce it, it’s roasting in hell. It put its nigglet in harms way and wasn’t the first time it pulled this stunt. I bet it’s roasting next to trayboon martin wishing it wasn’t a hateful, racist bigot and it should have just surrendered for the fucking parking ticket, now the nigglet will grow up without the sperm donor or the breeder and will probably die in some shit stained alley in Baltimore.

          • Angie LovesNikki’

            U going to die a slow miserable death n obviously u don’t know n e thing about God n I’m not black bitch shows u how fucking stupid u r…. U will die u fat ignorant bitch slowly n alone like u r now that’s y u hide behind the internet ….. U don’t know shyt about what’s goin on in the world but I won’t continue to feed into ur stupid ass u r not worth my time or n e one else’s….

          • John J Rouse

            You know we can see your picture on the profile. And it’s a pic of your typical black overweight sow that no one wants to fuck. I know what’s going on. Back in 93 I was deployed to Somalia and had the pleasure of putting down 33 groids while there. Unfortunately back in the states, I’ve put down 1 maybe two. Reason I say maybe because it wasn’t a confirmed kill, it ran off clutching it’s stomach where I wounded it. I’m way closer to God than you, like I said groids don’t go to hebbins.

          • Angie LovesNikki’

            Yea stupid bitch I’m the white one n the back n talking about over weight bitch she’s skinny and u don’t have a clue the only thing u killed is yourself…. U don’t know shyt about killing anything except ur ignorance… N Yea u can see my picture I don’t hide behind the internet kuz I’m afraid ….. N u don’t know shyt about God stupid bitch….shot up with some heroin n die slow.

          • John J Rouse

            Bitch that ain’t skinny and you ugly as fuck. I bet your dyke ass is eating that nasty shit. Lmfwao. You Devils are all,going to hell! Lol I already showed mine dumbass complete with me holding my AR-15. I know God don’t like u gays. U going to hell muff muncher.

          • Angie LovesNikki’

            Last time I’m even say shyt to u fucking retard…. I’m not gay for your information that’s my daughter u fucking illiterate fat faggot…. I am done playing with your scary ass…..u have no gun u have no life die a slow fucking miserable death alone fatty….lls my life is good urs is living hell.

          • John J Rouse

            You like like a fucking boy! Lmfaooooooo. No wonder you mad, ain’t no dudes, not even black ones which will fuck anything, would fuck with your nasty Justin Beiber looking ass.

          • You knuckledragging azz cave bitch if you so tough dick handling faggot pos post your pic and where you at you are the result of anal fucking and a botched abortion fucking cracka

          • David Fenelus

            Get back in your cave neanderthal.

          • David Fenelus

            Agreed.

      • Latasha Renee

        You are rhe epiphany of ignorance!

  • Angie LovesNikki’

    That ignorant John J. Reese has no life don’t feed into his shyt…. His scary ass….

    • John J Rouse

      Reese? Are you stupid or something? Oh I,forgot you’re black. You’re average IQ doesn’t break into the trip digits.

      • Leonard Langdon

        And where is your IQ?

    • Ukumbwa Sauti M.Ed.

      Why are we engaging JJR? That person is not here for clarity and is not open to truth. I think there are some fundamental issues to engage here, but JJR has no idea what to talk about. JJR is a dead end and a bringer of confusion.

  • Dayanand B Saxena

    According to aUS research publication titled “Goddesses in World Mythology” by Martha Ann the world worshiped goddesses during 30000 BC to 5000 BC. She has listed 3500 goddesses with their names, attributes and location.

  • James Anthony Davis

    Vodou is the oldest spiritual system in the world. Its not a religion as it encompasses many spiritual traditions. All being very integrated with nature, hence the magic/miracles/phenomena.

  • eblack magic

    Great article! Many people are quite confused with the practices
    coming from Africa mixing them all into one. I do hope this
    cleared it up for those that had that misconception. Again, great job!
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