voodoo

Voodoo is a set of religious beliefs mainly followed by people in Caribbean countries and the Southern United States. People who practice voodoo believe that death is a transition from the visible to the invisible world.

You may see voodoo portrayed on TV and in movies as a scary, violent cult that uses black magic and voodoo dolls to torment people. In reality, voodoo is a varied, community-centered religion with deep African influences, which often incorporates Catholic saint imagery. Voodoo comes from the Louisiana French voudou, ultimately from a West African language.

Definitions of voodoo
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n (Haiti) followers of a religion that involves witchcraft and animistic deities

Type of:
cult
followers of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices

n a religious cult practiced chiefly in Caribbean countries (especially Haiti); involves witchcraft and animistic deities

Synonyms:
hoodooism, vodoun, voodooism
Types:
hoodoo
a practitioner of voodoo
Type of:
cult, cultus, religious cult
a system of religious beliefs and rituals

n a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powers

Synonyms:
fetich, fetish, hoodoo, juju
Type of:
charm, good luck charm
something believed to bring good luck

v bewitch by or as if by a voodoo

Type of:
bewitch, enchant, glamour, hex, jinx, witch
cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something

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