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Going to Erzulie Freda's House

To: alt.magick
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: Going to Erzulie Freda's House
Date: Fri, 03 May 2002 21:19:46 GMT

Asiya wrote:
> Excuse my ignorance here. Didn't Hoodoo magick arise out of the Voodoo
> religion? 

No, it did not. 

Voodoo is a term that identifies the traditional African religion of the
Fon and Ewe language groups of West Africa and also is aplied to the
diasporic synthesis of Catholicism with Fon and Ewe traditional religion
in the nation of Haiti. Voodoo in its traditional African form is at the
present time the official, state-endorsed religion of Benin, a nation in
West Africa, and, in its Catholic-syncretic form, it is the majority
religion in Haiti. 

Hoodoo is a tradition of folk-magic derived primarily from the Kikongo
(Bantu) people of Central Africa, with admixtures of European
folk-magical practices; it developed and is practiced in the North
American diaspora among African-Americans, most of whom are Protestant
Christians in such denominations as Missionary Baptist, AME,
Pentacostal, and so forth. 

Africa is a large continent. The Kikongo / Bantu people are not related
closely to Fon / Ewe people in terms of location, culture, language,
religion, or customs; this alone indicates how different hoodoo is from

Read a more complete article on the origins and history of hoodoo at

As a side-light, note that hoodoo, not being a religion, is not
capitalized, but Voodoo, being a religion, is caitalized. 

> Doesn't your website have Hoodoo items for sale?

Hoodoo formula oils and powders are included among our store's
offerings, but Lucky Mojo is actually a general-purpose occult supply
store, like many others you have seen, no doubt. 

In addtion to the usual stock of candles, incense, books on magic of
various cultures (including Solomonic and folkloric), and herbs that are
used for magic and medicine in many cultures and traditions, we also
carry the largest inventory in the US of folkloric amulets and charms
for luck and protection from Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and
Europe, plus a very large inventory of Catholic, Jewish, Hindu,
Buddhist, and other religious goods (but no Voodoo religious goods). 

You can check it all out at       

Thanks for asking rather than making assumtions :-)


cat yronwode

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