Haitians call it voodoo. Cubans and other Latinos refer to it as Santeria. Brazilians call it Macumba. Trinidadians call it Shango. Jamaicans call it Obeah. Regardless of the name, all are derivatives of tribal Africn religious practices responsible for increasing violence, murder and spiritual enslavement in the United States.
The dangerous cult of voodoo has been glorified by such movies as The Serpent and the Rainbow and Angel Heart and has become increasingly popular in this country. Some cities have pharmacies where customers can purchase snake skin, dried bird claws, bones, roots, incense, statues, candles and other paraphernalia to use in voodoo spells and potions. People use the crude drugs and voodoo magic to ward off evil spirits, gain control over other people, win lawsuits, and advance in the business world.
Voodoo thrives in many part of America. A colony in South Carolina boasts of its return to the old African ways and the practice of voodoo. While voodoo is popular in Mississippi and Louisiana, Santeria flourishes in Florida. Practicing voodoo is particularly popular in New Orleans and is growing in America among refugees. Police investigated the 1986 mutilation murder of a baby in Connecticut and linked it to the centuries old Santeria religion. Surrounding the baby were pennies, fruit and other trinkets, indicating involvement of the Caribbean religious cult.
Symbols of voodoo include fetishes, icons, voodoo dolls. Other symbols protect the wearer against poisoning, death hexes, evil spirits, sickness, injury and accidents.
The statement is often made that voodoo helps Haitians face the crushing poverty in their country. While such religious eccentricities may attract illiterate masses to the Caribbean, the appeal in the United States is much different. Voodoo and Santeria lure a dark part of the human psyche that covertly craves uninhibited behavior and revenge.
People practice voodoo to appease their gods and bring good fortune on themselves. Some practice voodoo to install serious negative psychological effects on others.
The Bible teaches us to tread on demons, not invoke them (Luke 10:19). In occult voodoo practices, possession is invited. Voodoo offers blood sacrifices to appease spirits, but the lord doesn’t require us to kill for him. Also, voodoo malevolence to further one’s position socially or professionally is evil and selfish behavior. While many practice both voodoo and Christianity, voodoo’s distant “Grand Master” diety and its pantheon of spirits conflict with the biblical cosmology.