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  1. Is Vodoun A Moral Religion?
  2. Is Vodoun a "Devil Worhiping" Cult?
  3. Can I use Voodoo to CURSE my Enemies?
  4. Do you all eat people?
  5. Can I still partake of Drugs and Alcohol After I am initated?
  6. Can I use voodoo to hurt someone?
  7. Why must we pay money for divinations? Aren't Spirits supposed to help without requesting money?
  8. Has there ever been a practice of human sacrifice within the Voodoo Religion? (I am taking a History of Religion course and am to research the religion; this weeks topic is human sacrifice.)
  9. With regards to slavery: What have the Vodu and Ancestral Spirits said with regards to the reason why slavery was able to take place? Was it our neglect of our own Ancestral traditions and the adaptation of the culture of the Eurasians?
  10. Whats the goal of Vodoun? Is it enlightenment, self realization,?
  11. What is the Vodoun view on redemption or changing one's life for the better? Do Vodouns believe it is possible for a person with past transgressions to find spiritual redemption?
  12. What are the beliefs on the topic of abortion within the Vodoun religion? I am studying medicine and am wondering what beliefs we should be concerned about that could affect the way people that follow Vodoun want to be treated?
  13. I was wondering if people who practise Vodoun believe in autopsy?



  1. Is Vodoun A Moral Religion?

    Be truthful do good; Be truthful do good: It is the truthful That the divinities support Ewe proverb
    The myth that African religious practice is absent any meaningful moral and philosophical foundation, is one of the most destructive and disturbing untruths perpetrated by the West. The word Loa in the Fon langauge means Law.

    The Law of the Spirit, means that an initiate adhering to those moral laws will enable them to properly grow and develop spiritually; by earning the respect and favor of the Vodou and the Ancestors.

    The above is at the foundation of Vodou, and most African Traditional Religions. These laws are taught and maintained by both the Vodou spirits and the Ancestors. In all cases violators of the law are punished severely by the Vodou and the Ancestors in direct proportion to their level of violation. Additionally, initiates are held accountable for their conduct not only in this life but even after death initiates are judged. This can be summarized in the pre-christian poem: Song of the Divine Judgement The world is a place of Trail. At the gates of the land of the dead You will pass before a searching judge, His justice is true and he will examine your feet, He will know how to find every stain, Whether visible or hidden under the skin, If you have fallen on the way he will know. If the judge finds no stains on your feet Open your belly to joy, for you have overcome And your belly is clean.

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  2. Is Vodoun a "Devil Worhiping" Cult?
    The popular sensationalistic Hollywood horror, and blood curddling images of the RELIGION of Dahomean Vodoun is no more an accurate representation of its true nature, than SATANSIM is of Christianity. Additionally, African religion practitioners do not WORSHIP "graven images," but do recognize and honor the divine forces of Nature and their representatives that govern the world as ordered by God. They along with the divine Ancestors have similar functions as the function that ANGLES play in Christianity. In short, Vodoun is an ANCESTRAL & NATURE tradition, in which spiritual transformation is achieved via the direct communion with specialized Vodou gods (of nature), born within the respective African lineage's, and the ancestors who severed them for eons.

    Honor and supplication is also bestowed to those ancestors who have evolved, and those who are in the process of evolving, as well as those who have lived lives that were both distinguished, and infamous/notorious . . . for it si believed that lessons can be learned equally from all paths.

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  3. Can I use Voodoo to CURSE my Enemies?
    In Dahomean Vodoun one does not practice SORCEREY. This too is the domain of HOODOO, BOKORS, "African-WITCHCRAFT" and other traditions such as PALO MAYOMBE.
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  4. Do you all eat people?
    No!

    African religions do not practice cannabalism and never have. We also have no rituals to symbolize this practice of "drinking the blood of our god, nor the eating of their bodies" as in Christianity.

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  5. Can I still partake of Drugs and Alcohol After I am initated?

    The use of hallucinogens (artificial or natural) to induce trance, spirit possession, or altered states of consciousness is not necessary, nor has it ever been a part of Dahomean Vodou ritual practice. Additionally, the consumption and abuse by initiates, of what are commonly referred to as "illicit" drugs (especially marijuana, barbiturates, amphetamines, etc.,) is considered very hazardous once initiated into the Dahomean Vodoun religion. One of the biggest problems that it creates is what we term"Mahi Mahi," or "chaos" meaning a destructive disturbance to ones crown Spirit. This is so because most "natural" hallucinogenics are considered a "spirit" in their own right, that oftentimes is incompatible with ones crown. Additionally, "synthetic" drugs are deemed very caustic and dangerous to ones head. However, the "nonceremonial" use of alcohol is somewhat different and is specific to each initiates taboos. Some not at all, and some may consume small amounts, but NONE are allowed imbibing until intoxication. The "nonceremonial" use of cigarettes is also restricted depending of an initiates taboos. Some may not smoke at all, but NONE can ever smoke, consume alcohol, or enter the sacred shrines areas after having done any of the above.

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  6. Can I use voodoo to hurt someone?

    No. That is the domain of SOCEREY Hollywood and popular culture have wrongly portrayed the essence of Vodou to nothing more than a source for the pursuit of "malevolent magic and power" to be coerced from the gods at the will of the practitioner. In truth, Vodoun is a religion centering on the verneration of the immediate and the collective ancient ancestors of ones specific blood family/ ethnic lineage, and within the diaspora, as well as service to the Spirits. The end goal being to assure harmony, spiritual balance, protection, growth in character, and to receive their blessings. Within this context, if an offense has been committed by someone, justice is extracted by the Ancestors and the Spirits equal to the offense, and not by the practitioner.

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  7. Why must we pay money for divinations? Aren't Spirits supposed to help without requesting money?

    Unlike the enormous wealth amassed through "tithing" by Christian churches, who for centuries have cornered an economic and social monopoly on "religion," many services within ATRs are provided on a fee-per-service basis.

    Morally, as a rule, one should always pay their way, for the deities do not give assistance for free. When one is able to pay, these funds provide a modest income for the priest’s continued training, home, family, and medical expenses, as well as to pay for the upkeep of the shrines, and to acquire the funds to make ceremony for poor members within the community who have no other financial means.

    This rational is wholly consistent with all service professionals i.e, counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, doctors, "New Age" practitioners, etc., who demand due compensation for their services. Priests of the ATRs should not be viewed as "immoral" simply for demanding the same.

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  8. Has there ever been a practice of human sacrifice within the Voodoo Religion? (I am taking a History of Religion course and am to research the religion; this weeks topic is human sacrifice.)

    First, a clear distinction has to be made between "Human Sacrifice," the ritual offering of humans to appease a god, and "Cannibalism," the ritual eating of human flesh, as a form of holy scarcement. The two are not inclusive. In other words, Unlike the ancient Greeks ritual Omophagias (cannibal origies)1, or the con-corporate (eating of the flesh and drinking the blood of Christ) in Christianity, there is offered no historical record of any incidences of ritual "cannibalism" in Dahomean Vodoun. However, at the height of the Dahomean empire, different ethnic groups warring for territory would offer their prisoners of war as human sacrifices to the royal Ancestors. Most of the victims were (mainly Yoruba and northern) prisoners of war, These special annual ceremonies were often made into elaborate and sacred events. The community would prepare special meals for the soon-to-be victims, and would later gather around to touch and say special prayers in their ears to be taken to the victor's ancestors. The "victims" where symbolic of the great reverence and power of the ancestors in aiding their heirs in battle, and to offer them the "spoils" of their victories. However, never, were they eaten. These annual celebrations were eventually stopped by the French at the turn of the century. 1. Barbara G. Walker: Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets. pg. 137
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  9. With regards to slavery: What have the Vodu and Ancestral Spirits said with regards to the reason why slavery was able to take place? Was it our neglect of our own Ancestral traditions and the adaptation of the culture of the Eurasians?

    Mami Wata, the Vodou and the Ancestral Spirits did not support the wanton raiding of villages, for the purpose of capturing and selling Africans to Europeans, who forced them into centuries of chattel enslavement.

    From the start, the Mami Watas, Tohossous (royal divine Ancestors), and Trowo (Ancestors), would create raging waves along the West African coastal waters, in an attempt to overturn approaching ships of European slave merchants.

    Additionally, through the multitude of oracles, the Spirits sent messages warning the King (Ghezo at the time) not to trade with the European traders, for their intentions were not honorable.
    Unfortunately, human weakness, greed, corruption, ethnic vendettas, and personal ambition blinded many to the horrors of what was to come.
    The devastating aftermath of slavery and colonialism, coupled with the forced conversion to Western Christianity, programmed millions of Africans (and the diaspora) into believing that it was their “primitive religions” that was the cause of their enslavement and subsequent oppression, impoverishment, and “superstitious beliefs.” Thus, millions abandoning their divinities, Ancestors and divine destiny. A great part of our work, (of which we are committed to full-time) is connecting many in the diaspora back to their own disrupted blood lineage’s, largely through initiation to their Vodou, Mami Wata, and the Ancestal, Spiritual Slave denominations of the Tchamba to which many of our enslaved Ancestors have been subsumed both here (in the West) and in West Africa.
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  10. Whats the goal of Vodoun? Is it enlightenment, self realization,?
    For the African and Diaspora, the goal of Vodoun is to reestablish, and to maintain harmonious Ancestral connections, and to care for ones personal and familial deities (Vodou). For the non-African/diaspora, the goal is to serve ones personal deity, or to garner the protection of a vodou deity, as one strives to achieve their individual destiny, whatever that might be. For some, it may be a goal as simple as learning not to lie, kill etc., for another it may be to achieve “enlightenment,” as it is understood in the West.
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  11. What is the Vodoun view on redemption or changing one's life for the better? Do Vodouns believe it is possible for a person with past transgressions to find spiritual redemption?
    Vodoun is a healing and ancestral spiritual tradition. It is by definition spiritually centered on forgiveness and redemption. Transgressions are also inclusive in this. However, unlike in Western Christianity in which all one need to do is "confess thy sins" and all is "forgiven." The ancestors and deities of the Vodoun can only forgive when compensation/propitiation is made. And although one is forgiven, they must still undergo purification and suffer the consequences of their actions until the prescribed depth is paid.
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  12. What are the beliefs on the topic of abortion within the Vodoun religion? I am studying medicine and am wondering what beliefs we should be concerned about that could affect the way people that follow Vodoun want to be treated?
    Excellent question!

    Abortions other than to save the life of the mother, is considered a serious spiritual offense.  The cosmological nature of Vodoun centers on the knowledge that our ancestors return through us. Aborting their return could prove fatal for the family and lineages involved.


    There are advanced ceremonies that a person might need and if they have had an abortion, this could hinder them.  However, if the woman has had an abortion performed and she is remorseful, there are purification rites that can be performed to free her of the ancestral, spiritual and karmic affects.
    Unfortunately, there are many women who choose abortion as their primary form of birth control. This choice not only may lead to serious health problems in the future, it could in the end, also prove devastating to her spirit. Further, the proliferation of abortion clinics in the Diaspora under the guise of “Planned Parenthood” has ranked African-American women highest amongst all groups in terminating unwanted pregnancies.

    After the Haitian earthquake, Planned Parenthood campaigned for funds, not to purchase much needed medicine, food and supplies for the Haitian victims, but to rebuild their abortion clinics that were destroyed, fully aware that the majority of Haitians are of the Vodoun faith.

    These alarming statistics of the abortion rate amongst African-American women are consistent with the historical evidence of what many are beginning to believe that Planned Parenthood and other malevolent forces are planning another agenda in wanting to stem the growth of the Black community through population/eugenics control.

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  13. I was wondering if people who practise Vodoun believe in autopsy?

    No. Autopsy is taboo in most African Traditional Religious practices, including the Vodoun. It is considered sacrilege to desecrate the body. The tradition has their own means to determine an "unknown" cause of death.

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