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Vodou Magician. Museum D'ethographie de Geneve. Voodoo. Postcard.

Vodou Magician. Museum D'ethographie de Geneve. Voodoo. Postcard.

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Vodun or Vudun (spirit in the Fon and Ewe languages, also spelled Vodon, Vodoun, Voudou, Voodoo etc.) is a traditional organised religion of coastal West Africa from Nigeria to Ghana. Vodun is practised by the Ewe, Kabye, Mina and Fon peoples of southeastern Ghana, southern and central Togo, southern and central Benin and (under a different name) the Yoruba of southwestern Nigeria.

It is distinct from the various traditional animistic religions in the interiors of these same countries and is the main origin for religions of similar name found among the African Diaspora in the New World such as Haitian Vodou, the Vudu of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, Candomblé Jejé in Brazil (which uses the term Vodum), Louisiana Voodoo and Santería in Cuba. All these are syncretized with Christianity and the traditional religions of the Kongo people of Congo and Angola.

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