Notorious Religions That Use Magic Spells
Just a couple of days ago, I published a hub on some of the weirdest religions in the world. Today, I am publishing a hub on some of the religions that use magic spells actively. Or at least they are notorious and known by their supposedly “black magic spells”. For most people who don’t know about my tastes, I am a person whose hobbies also include researching religions, occult sciences, mysteries, the paranormal, psychology and the sort.
A few days ago, I stumbled across a hub that spoke about a commonly known religion that is feared by its dark magic rituals. My curiosity was rekindled after a long time and I started my research on more of these kinds of religions, where magic spells are at least known to be an active part. So, here is a list of some religions that use spells as a part of their rituals. I would however like to clear the air that all magic rituals are not dark/bad. A magic spell is just as bad as a practitioner’s intention. A magic spell is just a spell which can be used with both good as well as evil intentions.
1) Voodoo (Vodou)
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when we talk about voodoo? I bet that it is either zombies or the dreaded voodoo dolls to which witches prick needles to kill your enemy slowly and painfully. As I said earlier, all magic rituals are not bad. Believe it or not, voodoo uses magic rituals to even remove black magic spells. I am sure that many of you didn’t know that voodoo is not a religious ritual but actually a religion of which, magic is only a small part. When the African slaves were brought to the Caribbean islands and New Orleans, these slaves brought some of their magic ritual practice systems known as hoodoo with them. These practices later mixed with Roman Catholicism and Native American rituals to form voodoo. You can read more about Voodoo here.
- Haitian Vodou: Introduction
What is Vodou? Is it really how all the movies make out? Do Voodoo dolls hurt and control people at will? You can find the answers to all those questions and more, in this fascinating introduction to the world of Vodou!
Santeria is another religion brought by the African slaves. It is an Afro-Cuban religion practiced by the African immigrants who were brought from West Africa (today’s Nigeria and Benin). Practitioners of this religion (Yoruba) believe that god Olorun interacts with humans through emissaries called Orishas (similar to Christian angels/saints). These orishas rule over the different forces of nature and various aspects of human life. Magic rituals in Santeria or La Santeria are based on the knowledge of interacting with these orishas. Again, these rituals can be used to invoke the deities either to cause health or harm to someone.
Here is a bit more about the religion.
- BBC - Religion: Santeria
Guide to the young, syncretic religion of Santeria, including history, beliefs, worship and rituals.
This is a religion perhaps you have never heard of. But if you have heard of some candle magic rituals (search for candle spells) or certain white magic rituals, then you may have come across this religion. Wicca draws upon various ancient pagan religious motifs for its ritual practice as well as theological structure. Practice of magic rituals such as shamanism, witchcraft or ceremonial magic is an important part of this religion. Wiccan practitioners believe in certain pagan deities such as the moon goddess or the Venus goddess. Sun and moon cycles are extremely important for their magic rituals. Wiccan practitioners advocate the use of white magic that generates waves which resonate with universal energy to bring desired results.
- BBC - Religions - Paganism: Wicca
Wicca is a Pagan Witchcraft tradition popularised by Gerald Brosseau Gardner. It emphasises spells and rituals and honours a Triple Goddess and a Horned God.
Aghori is not a religion in itself, but actually a Hindu cult. People belonging to this cult are called aghoris. Aghori practitioners are as feared in India as voodoo practitioners worldwide. They can instill fear even in the most courageous person you have seen, just by their appearance and practices. Hindu graveyards are their residence, ash from burnt dead bodies are their ornaments. A human skull (kapala) is their cup and saucer, and rotten meat and blood from dead animals/humans are their bread and wine. Aghori rituals and powers are as dreaded as their appearance. They are known to use animal sacrifices in their rituals. They are also known to be masters who know the dark art and the art of enslaving spirits/ghosts to do any bidding you can imagine.
Whether you believe in magic spells or not is purely up to you. These are some of the religions that use spells, I have heard of. Do feel free to add any other religions you may be aware of, which use magic as a part of their rituals.
- BBC - Learning Zone Class Clips - Hindu Aghori - Religious Education Video
Hindu Aghoris live near cremation sites in India and meditate on death and its implications. This clip explores this form of religious devotion through an interview with an Aghori woman and her disciple.