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Cursed Voodoo Dolls

Updated on March 1, 2016
This is not child's play. Photo copyright 2014 Denise Alvarado, All rights reserved worldwide.
This is not child's play. Photo copyright 2014 Denise Alvarado, All rights reserved worldwide.

Have You Been Hoodooed With a Voodoo Doll?

Someone gave you a Voodoo doll and years later you realize you have been experiencing bad luck and chaos ever since you came in possession of the doll. You wonder to yourself, could my streak of bad luck be due to this Voodoo doll? Now, when you look at the doll it gives you the creeps, sends shivers up your spine, and even seems to be watching you.

Here's another scenario: You wake up in the morning, shower, get dressed for work and eat breakfast. You put on a pot of coffee and turn on the morning news. Everything seems to be going just as any other typical day.

Then, you head on out the front door. Suddenly you stop and notice something at your feet. Wow, is this a Voodoo doll? Why is this here? Who put it here? Now you run through in your mind all of the possible enemies you may have. Your mind stops at a particular person and you are certain it must be from them.

You stoop down and pick up the doll. You have just made your first mistake. You are now contaminated with the ill-intent of some scary perpetrator.

Cursed Voodoo dolls, or dolls that people believe to be cursed, are more common than you may imagine. They are an archetypal symbol of the shadow side of humanity, the side of being human that most people dare not see. They appear throughout time and across cultures in many different forms and used in a variety of ways. In fact, cursed Voodoo dolls have been traced back to Greco-Roman times where they were often used in conjunction with cursed tablets.

But how do you know if you have a cursed Voodoo doll? What does a cursed Voodoo doll look like? And what do you do with it once you have one in your possession?

Keep reading and I will answer these questions and more.

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How Do Voodoo Dolls Work?

Image Magic

There are many principles of magick, but it is image magick that is most applicable to Voodoo dolls in magick and ritual. Image magick is a type of magick based on the principles of like attracts like orcorrespondence. This type of magick involves using effigies or dolls to affect the environments and situations of people or people themselves. Correspondence iis based on the idea that one can influence something based on its relationship to another thing.

There are two types of image magic: sympathetic magic and contagious magic. the most familiar application of image magick is the attempt to injure or destroy and enemy by injuring or destroying and image of them. There are countless examples across cultures and throughout history of the use of dolls in image magick. For example, Peruvian Indians would mold a human figure from fat mixed with grain to imitate the persons whom they feared or did not like. They would then burn the little doll on the road where the intended victim would cross. This was referred to as burning his soul (Frazer, 1922).

In hoodoo, this type of magick is called foot track magick or laying tricks. Foot track magick involves throwing powders and such in the path of a target, who will suffer from abnormal maladies and a streak of bad luck once they have walked on it. Laying tricks is another reference to the throwing of special herbs, powders and other ingredients in a place where the intended target will touch it, usually by walking on it. It also refers to concealing or disposing of magickal objects by strategically placing the ingredients in certain places in order to fix the trick; in essence, to seal the deal, as it were. For example, if one wants to keep their partner faithful, they could take a pair of their lover's dirty underwear, tie it in a knot, and bury it in their backyard (Alvarado, 2008).

Another example of image magick is a Malay charm. One would fashion a corpse doll representing the enemy out of beeswax and poke the eye of the doll to blind the enemy, pierce the stomach to make him or her sick, stab the doll in the head to give the enemy a headache, and pierce the chest to give him or her a heart attack. To kill the enemy, one would carry out a sort of mock funeral, including covering the doll in a shroud and praying over the corpse as if it were a real dead person. The doll would then be buried in the middle of the path where the victim was sure to cross. To ensure absolution, one would transfer the guilt of the murder onto the archangel Gabriel by uttering the following words while burying the doll: "It is not I who am burying him, It is Gabriel who is burying him" (Frazer, 1922).

Wax Voodoo dolls. Photo copyright 2008 Denise Alvarado, All rights reserved worldwide.
Wax Voodoo dolls. Photo copyright 2008 Denise Alvarado, All rights reserved worldwide.

How Do You Know If You Have a Cursed Voodoo Doll?

How threatening can a doll be? Holding a Voodoo doll is not like having a gun to held to your head, after all. On the other hand, Voodoo dolls are quite possibly worse, because to the uninformed they symbolize a war waged against your very soul. And, how can you defend yourself against that?

Not everyone who believes they have been cursed or hoodooed actually has been. To find out if you have been hoodooed, you should have a divination done by a reputable practitioner, or do a divination yourself using cards, a pendulum, or some other divination system with which you are familiar. The results of the divination will reveal whether or not your situation is due to being crossed or jinxed.

If the misfortune you are experiencing is not due to a medical or mental health condition, and you are certain it is due to some unwanted spiritual force, then you should take steps to reverse it. It helps to know who has crossed you, and it helps if you have the object with which you have been cursed so that you can destroy it.

Voodoo Doll Spotlight

Voodoo Dolls In Magick And Ritual
Voodoo Dolls In Magick And Ritual

Product DescriptionFor the first time anywhere, explore the history, mystery, and magick of Voodoo Dolls in this fascinating new book. Tracing the Voodoo doll's roots back in history, author Denise Alvarado provides an intriguing account of the most provocative and mystifying icon of the African-derived healing tradition, dispelling stereotypes and myths, while at the same time showing how to make and use Voodoo dolls to enhance every day living. Learn how to make three kinds of Voodoo dolls, find over 30 spells and rituals to find love, attract wealth, offer protection, and promote healing and happiness. Denise Alvarado was born and raised in the Voodoo and hoodoo rich culture of New Orleans. She has studied mysticism and practiced Creole Voodoo and indigenous healing traditions for over three decades. She is a cultural anthropologist, psychologist, writer, artist, spiritual adviser, and cultural consultant.

Cursed Baby Doll. Photo copyright 2008 Denise Alvarado, All rights reserved worldwide.
Cursed Baby Doll. Photo copyright 2008 Denise Alvarado, All rights reserved worldwide.

What Does a Cursed Voodoo Doll Look Like?

Today, as in the past, Voodoo dolls are fashioned out of whatever natural elements available to the region. In New Orleans, Spanish moss and sticks form the basis for many Voodoo dolls. The faces are hand sculpted out of clay with painted details, or made of cloth with sewn facial features, or a natural knot in a piece of wood, for example. Often, the purpose of the Voodoo doll is what dictates how the doll is created and what it is made out of. Fertility dolls may have big breasts and exaggerated genitalia, for example.

If you are in possession of a cursed Voodoo doll, there is likely visible evidence of it. For example, it may be pierced with pins, nails or shards, bound with cord, covered with hot candle wax, or hung it by the neck. Cursed Voodoo dolls sometimes lack facial features, or have very generic features. This enables the owner of the doll to focus on the purpose of the doll without being distracted by who or what the doll may look like. Also, a blank face provides the opportunity to personalize the doll by adding a photograph or other image of the person it may represent.

Cursed Voodoo dolls often have their feet removed or are created without feet. This can be a metaphor for rendering a target immobile.

A Voodoo doll that has been cursed can look as ugly as sin, or a beautiful and innocent as a baby doll. If it feels creepy, err on the side of safety and get rid of it. if you want to know for sure, ask the expert and get a reading done.


Alvarado, D. (2009). Voodoo Dolls in Magick and Ritual. West Liberty, IA: Create Space.

Cursed Voodoo Doll left in the woods. Photo copyright 2008 Denise Alvarado, All rights reserved worldwide.
Cursed Voodoo Doll left in the woods. Photo copyright 2008 Denise Alvarado, All rights reserved worldwide.

How Do I Dispose of a Cursed Voodoo Doll?

Wrap the cursed doll or object in a white cloth and sprinkle it generously with sea salt. Take it to a river or stream or far away from your home deep in the woods. Bring an offering of fruit and some coins and ask the spirits of the water or the trees to take the negative energy and transform it through the power of the earth and water. Toss it into the water along with the offerings or bury it under a tree with the offerings. Walk away without looking back. When you return home, light a 7-day protection candle and take a bath with cleansing herbs and sea salt.

Voodoo Doll Reversal Spell

If you are wondering what to do when someone has sent some negative energy your way via a spell, curse, jinx, hex, or crossing, follow these instructions

If simply getting rid of the doll isn't enough for you, send negativity back to it's source with this Voodoo Doll Reversal Spell!

If you are wondering what to do when someone has sent some negative energy your way via a spell, curse, jinx, hex, or crossing, follow these instructions.

Procure a general purpose Voodoo doll. Write the person's name on a piece of parchment paper, anoint with olive oil, and tuck into the doll. Burn a white candle on a Saturday, under the waning moon, as you chant the following again and again:

"All harmful intent you meant for me returns to you (insert person's name) times three!!!"

In this way, you are simply acting as a "mirror," reflecting all the negativity back to the original sender. The person will only receive back what he/she has sent out.

"The so-called dark side is not wholly an evil or negative place or force; after all, some things remain in the shadows because we've placed them there out of fear or squeamishness." -- Jay Kinney

Mississippi Death Doll

Mississippi Death Conjure Pt. 2

Voodoo doll made out of the mud of a crawfish hole. Photo copyright 2008 Denise Alvarado, All rights reserved worldwide.
Voodoo doll made out of the mud of a crawfish hole. Photo copyright 2008 Denise Alvarado, All rights reserved worldwide.

Is It Possible to Die from a Voodoo Curse?

Believe it or not, this is a question I get relatively frequently: Can I die from a Voodoo curse? I have addressed this on my blog and elsewhere, but I found this recent article from the American Psychiatric Association that addresses this issue, believe it or not.

Psychiatric News March 19, 2010

Volume 45 Number 6 Page 17

American Psychiatric Association

Annual Meeting

Voodoo Adherents Invite Visitors Into Their World

by Joan Arehart-Treichel

If you'd like to explore the other side-the spiritual or paranormal side-of New Orleans, focus on Voodoo, an ancient African religion still alive in the city.

New Orleans holds a particular fascination for people who are interested in spiritual beliefs and the paranormal. Indeed, New Orleans is supposed to have more than its share of spirits and hauntings. But still something else gives New Orleans an edge over other American cities as far entry to "the other side" is concerned. It is a belief in, and a practice of, voodoo.

"Voodoo" means "spirit" or "mystery." It was brought to New Orleans during the early 18th century by slaves who came from what is now Benin in West Africa. Voodoo adherents believe in the existence of one god, below which powerful spirits operate and exert influence on daily life events concerning family, love, money, happiness, and revenge.

During the 19th century, Voodoo queens became central figures in New Orleans. The most revered was Marie Laveau. She acted as an oracle, conducted rituals, performed exorcisms, and offered sacrifices to spirits from behind her cottage on St. Anne Street in the French Quarter.

How many New Orleans residents still believe in and practice Voodoo is unknown. But the major focus of New Orleans Voodoo practice today seems to be on serving others and favorably influencing life events by connecting with spirits or ancestors. Methods used to do so include readings, spiritual baths, special diets, prayer, and personal ceremonies.

The practice of Voodoo is a major tourist attraction in New Orleans. There are shops selling voodoo candles, charms, dolls, oils, and powders. The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum, located in the French Quarter for 38 years, gives visitors a lot of fascinating information about Voodoo, as well as a feel for it.

The museum traces New Orleans Voodoo back to ancient Africa, where the 7,000-year-old religion began, and describes its Native-American, European, and Haitian influences. In the museum visitors can hear the sounds of Voodoo's ritual drumming and chanting and view historic Voodoo artifacts, some belonging to Laveau. There is an altar that presents skulls and bones to ancestors and asks for their guidance and protection. The museum also offers visitors a walking tour to St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, where Laveau is buried, as well as private ritual services such as psychic readings, Voodoo weddings, special blessings, or hex removals.

Voodoo should especially captivate visitors to APA's annual meeting because of its possible influence on people's mental and physical health.

During the early 20th century, for example, Harvard neurologist Walter Cannon, M.D., made some seminal discoveries about human physiology. For instance, he originated the concept of the "fight or flight" response. But Cannon also collected anecdotes from around the world about people who had died after being "cursed." He published these findings in a 1942 paper titled "Voodoo Death." And in this paper he put forth the hypothesis "that 'voodoo' death may be real, and that it may be explained as due to shocking emotional stress-to obvious or repressed terror."

Then in the June 2005 Psychosomatic Medicine, Richard Lane, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona, and colleagues reported study findings that supported Cannon's hypothesis. Lane's study included 25 survivors of cardiac arrest who showed no evidence of coronary heart disease. The study also included a comparison group of 25 heart attack survivors with documented coronary heart disease. Subjects were interviewed to learn how much emotional stress they had experienced during the 24 hours preceding their cardiac arrest or heart attack. Results for the cardiac arrest and heart attack groups were compared. Significantly more of the cardiac arrest group than the heart attack group had experienced moderate or severe emotional stress during the period evaluated, suggesting that strong emotions in the absence of underlying coronary heart disease-say, fear induced by a voodoo curse-might be able to stop the heart and cause death.

Indeed, "in Walter Cannon's famous study of 'voodoo death,' sudden death occurred within 24 to 48 hours of a curse being inflicted," Lane and his colleagues noted in their paper. "[Yet] autopsies were not performed to determine whether those victims had preexisting heart disease. [But] in the current study... structural heart disease that could cause sudden death was absent ... [yet cardiac arrest still occurred]."

Many people dismiss voodoo as a cult or superstition. Others, however, truly believe in its powers. So why don't you visit the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum and draw your own conclusions?

Cursed Voodoo Brat Doll

Cursed Voodoo Brat Doll. Photo copyright 2008 Denise Alvarado, All rights reserved worldwide.
Cursed Voodoo Brat Doll. Photo copyright 2008 Denise Alvarado, All rights reserved worldwide.

Cursed Voodoo Doll

Cursed Voodoo Doll with hidden pins stuck in her head (underneath the Spanish moss). Photo copyright 2008 Denise Alvarado, All rights reserved worldwide.
Cursed Voodoo Doll with hidden pins stuck in her head (underneath the Spanish moss). Photo copyright 2008 Denise Alvarado, All rights reserved worldwide.

Voodoo Doll Lamentation

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      19 months ago

      Just was wondering about a doll? I don't feel bad vibes but i do feel she's watching/ protecting etc wish i could post a photo of it

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      3 years ago

      my 10 year old daughter found a doll and when i saw the doll i thought it looked strange so i googled voodoo dolls and believe it or not it was a voodoo doll that looked like wonder woman how do i get rid of it safely should i be worried or nah but lately a lot of bad luck has been happening within my daughter say she been having it for like 2 or 3 months already!this is scary and im worried

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      4 years ago

      I purchased your book "voodoo boll spell book" on one of the spells it says to recite (pray) the 23rd psalms backwards...

      If you could please explain or show the prayer backwards I would greatly appreciate it

      Thank you in advance

      Ana C

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      5 years ago

      Hey, that's poruwfel. Thanks for the news.

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      7 years ago

      how can I use a voodoo doll for a break up

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      7 years ago

      how can I use a voodoo doll for a break up

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      7 years ago

      In front of my window, on the flowerbed, Ive found a small ceramic doll (only half part of it, looks like an African or Caribbean woman) and a death dove ( seems to be crushed but haven`t examined it closely ). I wonder if this could be a type of ritual you know and what meaning it may have. Thanks for your help !

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      7 years ago

      What about a love doll?

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      How do I make a good luck voodoo doll?


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