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1 a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powers [syn: juju, hoodoo, fetish, fetich]
2 a religious cult practiced chiefly in Caribbean countries (especially Haiti); involves witchcraft and animistic deities [syn: vodoun, voodooism, hoodooism] v : bewitch by or as if by a voodoo

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From etyl fon vodu, vodun.




  1. The national religion of the Republic of Benin (formerly Dahomey). Voodoo is an African Religion of the Ewe/Fon of West Africa that derives from the ancient African Religions of Nubia and Ancient Egypt. It is now practised in many places in Africa, the Caribbean, Brazil and the Southern USA due to influence and/or slavery. It has similarities with some elements of Roman Catholic ritual because Roman Catholic ritual is derived from Hebrew rituals which were inturn also derived from Nubia and ancient Egpyt. A small but popular part of voodoo is characterised by sorcery and spirit possession.

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Extensive Definition

Voodoo is a religious tradition originating in West Africa, which became prominent in the New World due to the importation of African slaves. West African Vodun is the original form of the religion; Haitian Vodou and Louisiana Voodoo are its descendants in the New World.
Voodoo may also refer to:




  • Alexandre Boisvert, an American pornographic actor who uses as stage name a.o. "Voodoo", "Voo Doo" and "VooDoo Child".


Magical thinking

Voodoo may be applied to forms of "magical thinking" in various disciplines:
  • Voodoo economics, a derogatory term for supply-side economics
  • Voodoo programming, a tongue-in-cheek term for using a programming system or language which one does not fully understand
  • Voodoo science, a derogatory term for research that may fall short of the scientific method


voodoo in Korean: 부두
voodoo in Icelandic: Vúdú
voodoo in Portuguese: Voodoo
voodoo in Russian: Вуду (значения)

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