Category: Voodoo

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The Seven Nanchons or loa-families in Vodou

There are several families or “nanchons” (from “nations”) of loa or vodou spirits. These nanchons are: Rada (also Radha), Petro (also Pethro, Petwo), Nago, Kongo, Djouba, Ibo and Ghede (also Guede, or Gede). Most...

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19th Century New Orleans Superstitions

This article is based on extracts from a historically interesting article on New Orleans Vodou beliefs, published by Lafcadio Hearn in the Harper’s weekly of December 25th, 1886 and republished in An American miscellany,...

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Pomba Gira or Pombajira and Exu

A Pomba gira is a spiritual entity within Umbanda, Candomblé, Macumba and Quimbanda, which manifests itself incorporated in a medium. It is the messenger between the world of the orixás and the earth.  ...

Mami Wata

Mami Wata (Mammy Water) is a water spirit venerated in West, Central, and Southern Africa, and in the African diaspora in the Americas. Mami Wata spirits are usually female, but are sometimes male, something...

Black Magic Woman Azizaa

Is Ghana too influenced by Western religion? Ghanaian singer Azizaa and Wanlov the Kubulor of the rap outfit FOKN Bois would argue that it most certainly is. They tackle this “religion issue” in the...

Palo and Hoodoo

Palo, also known as Las Reglas de Congo, is a religion with several denominations which developed in Cuba among Central African slaves and their descendants who originated in the Congo area.   Denominations often...