The ancient religions and divination systems that developed in West Africa among the Ewe, Fon, Kaye, and Tchamba people of Dahomey, Togo, and Benin, focusing on worship of the Loas (Lwa). Sevi Lwa is also called Vodun, Voodoo, Woodoo, Voudou, or Budu -- names that come from an African word for "spirit." Vodun's diaspora roots go back to the West African people who brought their religion with them when they were forcibly enslaved in Brazil, Haiti, Cuba, and other islands in the West Indies. Like most African Traditional Religions, Vodun is currently practiced under several names on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. In the Western Hemisphere, Vodou has also been influenced by the Kongo and Bantu cultures of the Congo River Basin; by the indigenous Arawaks, Caribs and Tainos; and, to some extent, by the Roman Catholicism of the colonizing French.
Forum ["club"] for discussion on both Haitian Vodou and New Orleans Voodoo. Open membership, public archives.
Discussion group, mainly about Haitian Vodou, but sometimes covering African Vodun and New Orleans Voodoo as well. "Seekers, syncretists, mambos, houngans, longtime practitioners, and those who love us are all welcome!" Public message archives; moderator must approve membership for downloading files and posting.
The world's oldest Vodoun tradition alive in the diaspora.
Small but well-designed site which features pages of information about some of the major Vodou lwa, and also reviews of books about Vodou.
"Guide" to Vodou as practiced in West Africa, Haiti, and Louisiana, USA.
Description of the Haitian Vodou tradition, including history, core beliefs, role of clergy, standards of conduct and ways of worship. Also full-color graphics.
Website of "New Orleans Voodoo" temple, run by Priestess Miriam Chamani. This temple is influenced by African-American Spiritualism, and Belizean Obeah, as well as by Haitian Vodou.
A biographical memorial to a former hubono or high priest of the traditional Dahomeyan African Rada Voodoo religious community in Trinidad, West Indies..
"New Orleans Voodoo" botanica run by a hounsi kanzo (initiated in Haiti). Wide assortment of books, music, ritual supplies, and art. This link takes one directly to the "What is Voodoo" FAQ, rather than the store entrance.
The Vodou temple is located in Washington D.C., and is an offshoot of Le Peristyle de Mariani, founded in 1974 in Mariani, Haiti, by Max-G. Beauvoir. Information about Caribbean herbology, as well as upcoming events and seminars, photos, and a discussion forum.
Excellent educational resource about New Orleans Voodoo. Includes an extensive Voodoo Glossary,Vever Drawings, FAQ page, and a free service in which email questions are answered by Authentic practitioners.
Collection of scholarly and informative documents, by various authors, on the history and practice of Vodun (Voodoo) in Haiti; part of an even larger site on Haitian history in general.
The Vodou Forum is a teaching forum for the discussion of Vodou, herbal magic and healing, and Makaya, Santeria/Lucumi, Palo, Jamaican obeah, etc. Teaching units focus on various "lwa", or spiritual entities, and various concepts in Vodou practice.
Discussion group "dedicated to the practice of (Haitian) Vodou in the NY/NJ/CT Tristate Area. All servants of God, Gineh and the Lwa, as well as those who would like to learn more about the religion, are welcome." Open membership.
A discussion forum for people practicing Vodou and living outside of Haiti. Discussion topics include availability of religious materials, job-related issues, Vodou in current events.
Historical and practical information on Vodoun, its panteon, and its rituals, from religioustolerance.org
Academic article by John Cussans about the misrepresentations of Vodou in the Western media. Originally presented as a lecture at the October Gallery, London, in fall 2000.
Open-membership forum for discussion of New Orleans Voodoo, "with occasional comparison to Caribbean and African traditions".
By Joseph J. Williams (1932), e-text from the Internet Sacred Text Archive.
Article about the religion and practice of Voodoo [by whatever spelling] on the Web's free and open-edited encyclopedia.
Essay by Dr. Marie-Jose Alcide Saint-Lot, a scholar of Haitian popular culture with graduate degrees from Brooklyn College and CUNY. This paper first presented at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
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