The word Voodoo comes from Vodun, meaning god, spirit or scared object in the Fon language of West Africa. It is applied to the beliefs and practices found in Haiti, Whose inhabitants are. For the most part, descendants of slaves imported from Africa, and by extension to similar practices in other Caribbean islands, in the southern states of America and in Brazil where plantation slavery was also customary. ("voodoo" 2751)
Slaves brought their religion with them when they were forcibly shipped to Haiti and other islands in the West Indies. Vodun was actively suppressed during colonial times. "Many Priests were either killed or imprisoned, and their shrines destroyed, because of the threat they posed to Euro-Christian/Muslim dominion. This forced some of the Dahomey means to form Voodoo Orders and to create underground societies, in order to continue the veneration of their ancestors, and the worship of their powerful gods." (Robinson)
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