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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 18. Is Vodou (Voodoo) a religion?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43133


Healing and wellness are the core aspects of all Vodou practices. As Vodou holds to a holistic understanding of health, sickness and affliction may manifest in any domains of life -- physical, spiritual, social, psychic, political, etc. -- and migrate across to the others. The first premise of a Vodou cosmic is material impermanence set against the incessant recycling of soul energy, in a move not unlike Dharmic traditions.

Chapter Contributors

  • James Padilioni, Jr. ( - jpadilioni) 'Swarthmore College'