Voodoo Religion Essay

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The Voodoo religion has a rich history. It has survived oppressive times and now flourish in both Haiti and the United State. (the place) In the 1600’s, every slave was baptized upon arrival to the new land and was educated in the Catholic faith. They were forced to practice their religion in secret. The African priest, known as “doctor feuilles”, or medicine men and makers of charms, were now slaves and practiced in secret. Some of the slaves wore talismans as protection. Some nights the slaves would gather and preform ritualistic dances called Calenda or Vaudoux. The dances had both a social and spiritual nature that the colonist were not aware of until later. One of the most important practices in the Voodoo religion is dance, because it …show more content…
He worked with the educated Haitians at the State University of Haiti. This helped the Voodoo religion reemerge and stand up against the oppression they faced by the French missionaries. The Europeans began to attack the Voodoo followers. In 1941, they were forced by the French missionaries to conform to the Catholic faith. The Haitians were forced to give up their religious items. They were destroyed, and if anyone resisted, they were tortured. This did not discourage the Haitian people. The Voodoo religion rose again under Duvalier, the president of the island nation in the 1950’s. Duvalier also sent all of the different missionaries out of Haiti. This allowed the Haitian people freely practice their …show more content…
In the Voodoo religion, there are many different types of rituals that are performed. One of the most important is dancing, so that they can communicate with the spirits of the ancestors. Something similar to that could be considered pray. Christians, Jews, and Hindus all pray and it is their way of communicated with their God or gods, also they can connect with their relatives that have passed away. Most Christians have some type of mass service, where they come together to celebrate life and give thanks to God. Jews go to temple to worship God and also give thanks. Hindus worship in many different ways; one of those ways being yoga or

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