Vodun FAQ: A Non African Having Orisha Dreams

If you are a “non African” but you are having Orisha dreams, it can be a bit scary, especially if you have no knowledge of traditional African faith.  You may think you’re being approached by demons, or be told this by someone ignorant who means well but has politicised religion. First of all, you should understand that Vodun is not witchcraft, though some may unknowingly attempt to use it for that.  Vodun is a belief …

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Voodoo Dolls

The use of dolls, figures, and sculptures is pretty universal in the world’s faiths.    However, what is commonly known as the “Voodoo” doll, which someone uses to perform what’s called sympathetic magic, by which what is done to the doll is done to the person the doll is modelled after, is a European invention.  It’s called a poppet. In Africa, doll like figures were used as charms or “homes” for spirits, or as sort of …

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Vodun F.A.Q. Where Do I Start?

These days, many people of many backgrounds are finding their way to Vodun.  Where to start depends on your own background and tendencies.  People of recent African ancestry may find it easier and more “instinctive” than people of more distant African ancestry.  This does not mean that the person of more recent African ancestry will advance more quickly or have a better understanding.  It does however, help when someone has a genetic connection to Mami …

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Vodun F.A.Q. Ridden By a Sexual Orisha

An issue that comes up frequently is that a person is ridden or “possessed” by an Orisha that wants sex.  Because it is a benevolent possession, one has some control of their actions, and this may break the trance, causing the ceremony, dance, or the riding to end prematurely, which is no fun for the individual, and a bit of a killjoy for the other participants, if any. Sometimes, it can be quite frightening for …

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What is Voodoo?

Voodoo is a term used to describe a variety of  polytheistic, panentheistic, and hierarchical monotheistic belief systems rooted in West Africa.  Its more accurate name is Vodun, which means the spirits or essences (of nature). At its core, it is somewhat agnostic, in that the vast majority of its adherents believe that it is impossible to accurately define or imagine the Supreme God.  So rather than treat the Supreme God as a Santa Claus type …

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