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Will the real Voodoo please stand up?

Everything you think you know about Voodoo is wrong.

Okay, maybe not everything. After all, I have no idea what you know or don’t know about it. But a lot of what people think of as Voodoo (more properly spelled Voudoun) is actually hoodoo, a tradition of folk magic.

Voudoun is a religion, a melange of African beliefs and traditions mixed with the Catholicism that was forced on black slaves when they were brought to the Americas. Hoodoo also has a lot of African tradition in it, but it’s not a religion. It’s folk magic, plain and simple. Hoodoo is very much focused on getting what you want and need by magical means. Its influences include African, Native American, various European, as well as Jewish magical traditions.

Lucky Mojo is one place online to learn about magic. I’m sure it’s better to learn in an apprenticeship with an experienced rootworker, but not all of us have that opportunity. If you’re interested in a real homegrown American magical tradition, take a look at the Lucky Mojo website. It’s full of all kinds of lore and history.