Hoodoo is a form of folk magic that originated in West Africa. It is also known as rootwork, conjure, and voodoo. There are many similarities between hoodoo and voodoo, but there are subtle differences. One of the most obvious distinctions is that hoodoo has largely retained its African roots while voodoo developed in colonial Haiti.
Voodoo is more like a religion, whereas hoodoo is more like a collection of magical practices and traditions. Voodoo practitioners may use hoodoo to assist them with their spells, but it’s not necessary that they do so and vice versa.
What is Voodoo?
Voodoo is an ancient spiritual religion originating from West Africa. It is similar to witchcraft in its belief system and may involve the use of black magic or spells. When practiced by a trained practitioner, Voodoo can be very powerful, but most practitioners do not reveal their secrets to outsiders because they want to maintain the anonymity of their religion.
Voodoo practitioners generally practice their religion within private gatherings, which can involve rituals, invocations, spell work, and other types of magical practices. Since hoodoo is a practice of male magicians, it is also sometimes called “warlockry.”
Some things in Voodoo are similar to those in hoodoo, but other things are different.
Hoodoo vs. Voodoo
Hoodoo comes from the words ‘hoodoo’ and ‘voodoo’. They are both rootwork systems (what can be described as a belief system), but their roots are different. Hoodoo has origins in West Africa, where it originated in the 18th century. Voodoo developed in Haiti during the 1600s when the country was under the rule of France.
Voodoo practices have remained mostly European and Haitian in nature. There are certain traditions that were inherited from the West African practices and, at times, these traditions are coupled with European practice. Both hoodoo and voodoo are commonly called “folk magic.”
While there are some distinctions between voodoo and hoodoo, they are far from disputable. Both religions are based on ancient beliefs.
What Is Hoodoo?
Hoodoo is the practice of using a combination of magic and divination to help people and places achieve their goals. It is sometimes called rootwork because the root is the root of everything in magic.
It has been described as an African or Afro-Caribbean spiritual tradition, although some may say that it is an African-American spiritual tradition or Afro-Caribbean magical tradition. Some argue that it predates colonialism and even slavery.
How Does It Work?
Hoodoo is basically about getting in touch with the spirits, the powers, and the magic of the land that you are using as a location. In voodoo, the spirits live in different parts of the world, in each different place, a different set of spirits are associated with different things.
The Beliefs Behind Hoodoo
Voodoo’s origins are more haphazard and spontaneous. One of the more well-known definitions of voodoo comes from Robert Aldrich’s book The Voodoo Cult. It states that voodoo is the “way of doing things done spontaneously without consulting a religious authority, by individuals aware of the laws of the natural universe.”
In traditional forms of hoodoo, magic and sorcery are done through the use of spirit mediums, black tarot, palms, and other divinatory tools, of which the following is a good example:
Hoodoo distorts our perceptions of reality. Many people see hoodoo as “evil,” but it’s far from it. Hoodoo practitioners often perform rituals for themselves.
How To Start Practicing Hoodoo
Because of the similarities, it’s perfectly natural to want to learn hoodoo. You don’t need to have a background in voodoo or take classes to learn about this magical system.
The best way to get started is to talk to an experienced hoodoo practitioner. You’ll find more experienced people at magic circles. They’re a common location for hoodoo. People gather for an evening and do a ritual in a circle, in the hopes of receiving good luck. You’ll find several Facebook pages dedicated to witchcraft and hoodoo.
Here’s a quick guide to finding a hoodoo practitioner:
Use a good Google search. Look for people who are on the site, as most practitioners have their own profiles.
Keeping A Gris-Gris Bag In Your Home
In addition to the gris-gris bag, there are many other items that witches in the United States may use. These include items made by themselves such as crescent bells and turmeric. Some may use crystals such as amethyst and clear quartz-like an aspiring witch could find at a local metaphysical store.
Hoodoo and voodoo are two similar terms used to describe different religions and practices. While they share some similarities, hoodoo and voodoo differ greatly when it comes to doctrine and practice. The primary difference between hoodoo and voodoo is their ritual structure. While hoodoo has an overarching structure, the rituals are mostly designed to enhance one’s personal spirituality.
Hoodoo rituals take place outside of the confines of organized religion. By this, I mean that in the eyes of the hoodoo practitioner, religion is something that is separate from the “real world” and religion does not need to be broken down into sacred traditions.