What is Voodoo?
Is Voodoo Satanic?
I must say first and foremost that I am no scholar or theologist. I am speaking from the heart, and will accept any correction that is given within reason. I am simply here to state facts and research data that I have found and you will find on Wikipedia and in your Google search engines.
First of all I want to say that I was raised to believe that anything outside of the 'Basic' Christian religions (Baptist, Protestant, Catholic and Lutheran) was 'wrong' or a 'cult' or 'occult'. How crazy is that in a country formed on the basic principle or Freedom! Let freedom ring!
In this day and age it is easy to see why people were scared of what they did not understand. They did not have the fabulous tools we have now and could not leave their families to check out every possible threat, so they told us to stay away from things they did not understand.
We are older now, and we should know better. In every facet of existence there is room for a bad egg, rotten apple, dark side. I am sure that the recent advances in technology has given us the news more quickly than ever in history. So now we can really seek truth, instead of repeating the stories of the sadly misinformed.
Voodoo, or more precisely Haitian Vodou is a combination of West African religion and Catholicism. That does not sound Satanic to me, so I dug deeper.
As it turns out, they believe in a single creator God, the same a the aforementioned 'Christian Religions' I was raised with. The name "Vodou" literally means Good God... ( another translation is Divine Creation) Not Satan.
Further research reveals that they believe God will not answer them or even hear them directly, but that they must have a mediator (Hmmm, sounds kind of familiar). They pray to their mediator ( then they are " in the blood") and some may become possessed ( Can you say "slain in the Spirit"). Wow, things I have seen happen in the Christian Church are a part of this religion.
For those of you who are not religious, a minor side point. It is the Christian belief that we are too sinful for God to even look upon us, and so we must confess and be forgiven. In some religions and religious songs we ask to be covered in the blood of the lamb, or Jesus so that our sins are washed away, or forgiven. Only then can our message reach God. In some religions we must go to our Preist or Rabbi to be our mediator. As I said, this is all so familiar.
Perhaps you have seen people praying and "speaking in tongues" or seen video of them shaking and falling into the arms of a church elder. This is called being in the spirit, or slain in the spirit. Sometimes people are healed or receive a prophecy because of this event. But it is seen as Christian and not Satanic... How strange that our language or physical appearance or geographic location could determine what is sacred and what is Satanic.
Don't go sticking pins in Me!
Before you go bringing up voodoo dolls and hoodoo of the south, remember that much of our information came from movies designed to make money by tantalizing or scaring us.
Remember also that the only way to keep us segregated from each other is to make us too afraid of one another to ask questions. If you ask a Haitian if they worhip Satan, or something they might say yes because it was too stupid of a question to answer.
But if you ask a Haitian to explain his religion to you, because you want to learn more about him and his culture and his people, well then, you might get a completely different answer.
Now, I hope, and pray that if there are any Haitians who read this they will answer for I have known many Haitians, and the beauty and innocence of these people is for me as breathtaking as the sight of the Purple Mountain Majesty I saw when driving out west. We turned a bend, and there is was, and we had to stop the car because we finally understood what that meant!
These people are longsuffering and patient and kind and loving. How could anyone ever call them Satanic?
Update: Feb. 7 2010
There was an ad on my page and I called the 800 number to speak with Papa Jorge. I also checked out his site ( I did not click on it but entered it in a new widow from my browser). He was a wealth of information. When asked he told me that yes there is a sect of Voodoo that is satanic and should be avoided. The Haitians do not involve themselves with that type of Voodoo.
Not all Voodoo is Satanic, there is good and bad in every religion. He said that God has armies and Satan has armies. It is up to each of us to decide in whose army we choose to belong.
Voodoo is a religion, just like the many others that seem to cause so much debate in the world, and the true head of the religion is God.
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