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The Dreaded & Deadly Voodoo Doll

Updated on March 21, 2018
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Kitty has had paranormal experiences her entire life. These experiences have fueled her passion to write about all things supernatural.

The World of Voodoo

When most of us hear the word "voodoo", we automatically imagine images of creepy dolls stuck with pins and evil witches wielding their hatred against some undeserving victim. This is not a thoroughly correct representation of Voodoo. Voodoo is said to have come from Africa, carried to America and the Caribbean in the days of enslavement. More specifically and more famously, the practice of voodoo magic has much of its roots in New Orleans, Louisiana. There is much much more to the practice of voodoo than just voodoo dolls...cursed items that are meant to reek havoc upon some unsuspecting fool. Voodoo is basically a mix of Roman Catholicism and a traditional African religion in which there is one god and lower entities known as lwa (or loa) underneath of him.

The majority of the populations in Haiti, the Caribbean islands, and some in New Orleans are known to be Vodouisants. Just like other religions that have a negative conotation, such as Paganism, Voodoo has been given a bad rap throughout the centuries. While some of it seems "evil" or foreign to us, that doesn't necessarily make it evil...it just means that we don't know enough about it to understand it.

My belief is that the Voodoo Doll is a rare item to find stuck with pins and needles. Vodouisants do supposedly use these dolls as talismans or pendants of the loa, but they don't normally use these dolls as a means to inflict pain upon others. They also do not call them "Voodoo Dolls", they are known as Pwen. So where did this creepy idea of Voodoo Dolls originate? The answer is...most likely New Orleans...the perfect place for all things that go bump in the night.

New Orleans & The Voodoo Doll

So we have assumed that the idea of a Voodoo doll used to torture one's enemy has origins in New Orleans. What does New Orleans have to do with Voodoo dolls? Much of the slaves brought to America brought with them their African religions, which mixed with the Roman Catholicism faith over time. I believe that New Orleans is a magical place, in and of itself, so it is no wonder that the city is so notorious for all things creepy...including Voodoo Witches and their evil ways of revenge.

In fact, not only does New Orleans seem immersed in the darker side of Voodoo, many actually sell Voodoo Dolls to tourists for a quick buck! In Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches Trilogy, New Orleans is the setting and the twisted side of Voodoo is a main factor present within the story of a family of witches residing in New Orleans. Voodoo dolls are actually discovered by the protagonist, Rowan Mayfair, in the first of the trilogy - The Witching Hour. Traditionally, it is said that the doll is fashioned in the likings of the inflicter's enemy and then filled with stuffing containing the enemy's hair or nail clippings.

The use of voodoo dolls could actually stem from another "Heathen" religion in ancient Europe - Paganism. Though not referred to as Voodoo Dolls, these little hand-made dolls were called Poppets and were usually filled with herbs or charged with energy for a certain magical purpose such as protection or good dreams, etc. Some modern-day witches still use poppets in their magical workings and rites.

Unfortunately, the bad rap of the Voodoo doll makes the Pwen and Poppets seem ominous and wicked. This image will probably continue, as long as we have people selling them in New Orleans and movies portraying them in this light. While I believe that voodoo dolls have been used for vengeful purposes, maybe the whole idea of the magical doll has gone askew. They are fun to read about in a spooky story though!

A Creepy Voodoo Doll Story To Entertain You...

The room is unnaturally dark and quiet. The wind is howling outside of the single-paned window, seemingly mocking his unwelcome presence in her room. Where is it? He is anxious, palms sweating and hands shaking, he searches for the antique cedar trunk and finds it covered with a heavy purple quilt in a dusty corner of the room.

I shouldn't be here. I have to find it...before she comes back. His sweaty hands slowly lift the cedar chest's heavy top, and he tries his damnedest to avoid the inevitable creaking of the old bronze hinges. He's been sick for months, heart problems and random seizures that the doctor couldn't even begin to explain. Every method of medicine and modern attempts at health had been taken with no sign of his health stabilizing. Then one night he had received a random call...a call that changed his whole outlook on his illness.

There was a disturbed young woman on the other end of the phoneline, sighing heavily and muttering curse words under her breath. "You will pay for this, Schmidt. Mark my words, you will pay for what you've put my family through..." Those were the only two clear statements that Adam Schmidt could make of the woman's grumblings. After the phone had been hung up and he was left with his thoughts, he realized who the disturbed woman was...she was the daughter of his old partner. Partner in crime? No, partner in law enforcement...and they had sworn to serve and to protect the city of New Orleans...but his partner was crooked. Adam ended up telling the captain of his partner's criminal sidework and his partner was gunned down in a shoot-out with other officers. Adam had tried to convince him to turn himself in, to do the right thing for the city and his family...but he wouldn't listen.

Now his daughter, rumored to be a powerful voodoo witch, though she was a mere twenty years old. Now, here he was...in her very bedroom on the second floor, somewhere in the thickness of the most disheveled French Quarter's neighborhoods. This is crazy...maybe I'm crazy and Mary's right...but...I have to know if it's true. Just then, his hand brushed against something of a rough texture and small size. He pulled it from it's dark depths within the cedar chest and the moon's light shone down eerily upon the figure. A doll...about five inches in length, made of sac-cloth with black shoe buttons as eyes and what appeared to be black human hair sewn to its wily head. Turning the doll over, he noticed a date on the back...May 20th, 2007...the day his partner had been shot and killed by his own co-workers.

There was nothing more I could do for him...I did everything I possibly could to keep him from himself... kneeling on the hard-wood floor with the wind still whipping the trees outside, Adam decided to finally get the hell out of that house...with the grisly reminder of his "mistake" in hand. He had to take it...otherwise she would inflict more sickness upon him, eventually taking his life by means of voodoo black magic.

Suddenly, in a moment of sheer confusion and fright, the door to the young witch's bedroom flew open and a dim light from the hallway shone in on Adam. There she was...the witch...the girl who was keeping him sick and out for his life! "What are you doing here? You gonna sign your own death certificate!" her words seemed like vile spewing from a mouth ravaged by hatred and vengeance.

"Please! I loved your father, he was my partner and my best friend. I did all I could to help him...I tried to save him! Please let me be...I have a family...a wife...," he pleaded with her. He wanted her to see that he truly had cared for her father. In the dim light of the candle in her hand and the moon's light that shone in through the decrepit window, he caught a glimpse of her eyes...opaquely black and completely glazed over with rage.

Clenching the tiny relic of himself in his left hand, he prepared to run...and probably knock her out of his way in an attempt to escape this hell...this house so full of evil with walls and floors that seemed to seep with a desperate desire to snuff out his life. Before he could make his escape, the angry witch pulled something out of the back pocket of her long skirts...another doll! In her left hand she revealed a doll of similar looks to the one in Adam's shaking hand, and in her right hand she was holding a rusty knife...

Her black eyes were fixed on him as she plunged the knife into the doll's heart...ripping through the sac-cloth and the insides that had been stuffed with Adam Schmidt's hair and nail clippings...

A sharp pain in his left arm, followed by a numbing pain in his chest took him out...he dropped to the floor...dead. She looked down at him, with a contented smile on her tan face...and she gently laid the voodoo doll on his chest. "Now it's over..."

Voodoo dolls at the voodoo museum
Voodoo dolls at the voodoo museum | Source

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  • Kristen Howe profile image

    Kristen Howe 

    3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

    You've very welcome Kitty.

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    3 years ago from Summerland

    Thank you, Kristen!

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    Kristen Howe 

    3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

    This was an interesting hub on voodoo dolls and its origins from New Orleans. Very informative and well-written. Voted up for interesting!

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    Katharine L Sparrow 

    6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

    Fascinating hub, I didn't have any idea about the connection with New Orleans. Interesting stuff!

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    You create your own reality.

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    Power in the Blood of Jesus 

    6 years ago

    I have had so much voodoo put upon me and it does work from dolls or whatever but after I can back to Jesus none of that stuff worked on me anymore and demons couldn't attack me.Go to demonbuster.com for help

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    voodoospell 

    6 years ago from 1958 South 950 East Provo

    Fantastic hub.I am glad to read.

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    Irfan 

    7 years ago from Adelaide, Australia

    no worries, in my religion its forbidden to use any kind of magick (good or bad). So it'll just sit on my shelf like an ornament.

    never knew about the 3 fold rule either ... it's very interesting to find out more about your religion... i'm really glad you're open about it.

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    arksys - I would advise against the black pin then, my friend. In the end, that is up to you whether you use it or not, but in my religion and spiritual path we believe that whatever we do (magick and otherwise) comes back to us threefold. So black magick can take a turn for the worse on the practitioner. Very intriguing though and I would love to visit New Orleans...my husband and I will soon enough. Thanks for reading & enjoying!

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    Irfan 

    7 years ago from Adelaide, Australia

    Great insight to Voodoo ... my brother recently did go to new orleans and funnily enough got me a voodoo doll with a black pin to cause harm and white pin to heal ... that was the first time i saw that voodoo can be used to heal as well. this hub clarifies things too for me like the nails and the hair clippings... we were always told to dispose properly as they can be used against us in magic. this hub showed me how it would be used... great stuff and thanks for sharing all this.

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    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    St. Cyprian - Thanks so much. Appreciate the support.

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    St.Cyprian 

    7 years ago

    Nice hub! Great images. Very enjoyable!

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    Hi, Stephanie! Ohhh, I'm so glad you liked it. I was hoping it would've caught someone's interest. :) I plan on writing more on voodoo in the future, so stay tuned. Thanks!

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    Stephanie Henkel 

    7 years ago from USA

    Great job! I loved the story that you used to introduce the fascinating factual information about Voodoo. Now I'm hooked and will look forward to your other hubs on Voodoo when you write them!

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    hi, travis. not to correct you, my friend, but i do talk about poppets in this hub..towards the end. i'm well versed in what the use of poppets includes. thanks for the comments, though!

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    travislang 

    7 years ago

    allthough that was an amazing hub, i have to also add that the wiccans use voodoo dols as well, but they call it poppets, and is used for a variety of things, like to help others, ourselves, healing. and yes some evil doers could use them for harmas well. but i assure you the wiccan rede that most wiccans follow is harm none, so wiccans in general dont harm anyone with there poppets.

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    WillStarr - that's hilarious! Too bad, it might've worked if you could've pushed yourself through the cooties part of it!

    Cogerson - awesome, glad you found it useful! Don't be making a voodoo doll of me though! :)

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    UltimateMovieRankings 

    7 years ago from Virginia

    Interesting hub.....I now know more about voodoo dolls than I ever knew before...creepy stuff....voted up and useful

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    WillStarr 

    7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    "WillStarr - did you add a bit of her nail or hair clippings to the doll?"

    No way! Sisters have cooties! :-)

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    Hey, Mrs. JB! You are totally right about that. It all depends on what the purpose is.

    WillStarr - did you add a bit of her nail or hair clippings to the doll?

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    WillStarr 

    7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    As a ornery kid, I read about them in a comic strip, so I made one of my older sister and poked her with a needle, expecting her to yell!

    Nothing happened. I was disappointed, and that was the end of my believing in magic.

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    Mrs. J. B. 

    7 years ago from Southern California

    I LOVE IT... Great job.. Not all VooDoo Dolls are evil as you stated. It depends on what it is used for. Great Hub.... Voted Up Across The Board!!!

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    Hey, Jeannieinabottle! I might do some more hubs on voodoo in the near future. Thanks for your compliments!

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    Jeannie InABottle 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Creepy! I love reading about voodoo dolls. There just simply are not enough hubs about voodoo. Thanks for creating this one!

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