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Voodoo (among multiple spellings) indicates a series of similar and interrelated religions originating in West Africa and spread into Central America and southern U.S., along with the Atlantic slave trade.[Footnote 1]

DescriptionEdit

Voodoo is a sincretic religion,[Footnote 2] combining the world creators of both original religions, and the system of spirits originating in West Africa with the Catholic[Footnote 3] hierarchy of angels and saints in entities called Loa. Worship, including to ancestors, is often mediated by high rank initiates, if not full priests, under the name of Houngan[Footnote 4] and mambo.[Footnote 5]

Prominent in the Haitian and Lousiana Voodoo is the worship of the Loa,[Footnote 6] which are both prayed to and served, and who can possess a human host, during the ceremonies in their honor.

In the seriesEdit

Death MasksEdit

Main article: Death Masks

In Death Masks, Harry Dresden summons Ulsharavas, a spirit allied to the Loa, for informations on the location of the Shroud of Turin.[1]

NotesEdit

  1. Voodo - Wikipedia
  2. Syncretism - wikipedia
  3. Catholicism - wikipedia
  4. Houngan - wikipedia
  5. Mambo - wikipedia
  6. Loa - wikipedia

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