Weird History

How The Dark World of Voodoo Remains Misunderstood

To many, the word voodoo carries with it some pretty dark images of zombies, bleeding chickens, and even satanism, but it also holds a history rich with spirituality, intense suffering, and cultural misrepresentation. Like the generally accepted and respected religion of Catholicism, voodoo was once a supreme belief system for many, brought about through a trust in the old ways and a confrontation with the unknown. What it became over time was something much deeper, darker, and more complex than most practitioners knew possible - the culmination of an extreme African diaspora and the religious evolution it demanded. Like a rich southern stew, voodoo's distinct flavors come from various places, all of which reflect its fiery background and overarching desire to find ritual, divinity, and understanding in a world full of darkness.