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Voodoo: Do You Believe In It?

As a Nigerian, we all have come across or heard about voodoo at on time or the other in our life. But are the so-called powers of African traditional religion real?

Growing up in Nigeria I heard a lot of stories about people being cursed or hunted by underwater spirits or the ever famous "mamiwater". To be frank with you all it is really scary and something that i don't want anything to do with.

But why do some Nigerians always have to resort to voodoo practices to haunt people they don't like, or people that are successful and they are not happy with it or to make people suffer. Do people have to be that wicked?

Personally, I do respect voodoo but i don't believe in it. I want to know what you guys think and please be as objective and realistic as possible. Cheers.

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Precisely Jenwitemi. This is what grates on me concerning the lack of knowledge and demonization of African traditional religions whilst glorifying outside faiths.

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You don't even know what "Voodoo" is to begin with. You start a thread on voodoo and you go on to talk about people being cursed or haunted by underwater spirits and stuff. What has all that got to do with voodoo? None of those things you mentioned has anything to do with voodoo.

Voodoo, which is a religion in it's own right, has all kinds of shades from dark to light just like in any other religion out there. School up first before starting a thread, dude.

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Voodoo, juju, witchcraft or what have you are platform of deceit. What shall be shall be.

Believe in God and every other things will take smooth shape in you life time.

We believe in destiny.

There is nothing like voodoo, those who engage in it have access to lots of deceit.

This deceit cannot be discover by those who approach them because, first you had set up you mind that solutions to ur problem can be solve there.

They easily creat a virtual image of fear in you, ask you to make some sacrifices, after which they tell again the problem has been resolve. You must have parted with you wallet then.

Our society psychology has been boxed, programed, default by various films and local movies that we watch right from our childhood age.

...so much that we can't reason out of the box.

Result of this psychological effect is the tantamount crowd you see at various worship centers looking for miracle, theyve all been program, having believe that someone somewhere is hindering their progress.

IF THERE IS ANYBODY WITH VOODOO/JUJU/WITCHCRAFT HINDERING THE LIVES OF ANYBODY, IT IS THE GOVERNMENT OF THAT LOCALITY.

GOVERNMENT CONTROLS

electricity, education, health, transpotation, employment, housing, feeding and other social amenities, economy is the whip use by government, and this whip can only be constructed when we have corruption in the system.

If all these items are in place, then you,ll realize nothing like voodoo.

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I agree with dolldagg 100%, just as there is good and evil in your average Naija church.

Voodun, Voodoo or whatever it is called all around the Diaspora is essentially a religion where the ancestors are venerated; the laws of nature are harnessed in respect of various deities whilst at the same time the belief in the almighty is propagated.

A typical example of this belief that like it or not is part of our psyche, is the pouring of libation on a new car for example, our parents took this ritual very seriously and protection was sought from our ancestors, so like it or not most of us have partaken in this practice at some time in our life.

An interesting article can be found here on the validity of these ATR African traditional beliefs from the Vatican’s viewpoint

http://segundawodu.com/evbayiro2.htm

This statement by the Pope is widely circulated around the internet as any search will reveal.

My take on it is that there is good and evil in every aspect of our lives this is evident in all our religious practices be it Christianity, Islam or other traditional African religious concepts.

It is also my thinking that Africa would be a better place without the intervention of the White man and his religious beliefs.

As far as I am concerned the early Christian missionaries caused us untold grief, the effect of which our people are still reeling from around the world today, I will list just a microcosm of my thoughts below:

The early Christian missionaries paved the way for the slave trade, in fact in one way or the other the church was complicit in its perpetration throughout West Africa.

The concept of salvation only through Jesus Christ assumes that the African did not inherit the kingdom of heaven before the white man came to Africa forced his religion on us and saved our arses,  . . . . .  I find this notion fundamentally flawed on many levels.

The Church of England was openly racist in its treatment of early settlers from the Caribbean, it is widely known that they were turned away from church on account of their race, this led to the proliferation of Pentecostal churches in the UK that catered for the ethnic minorities who were disenfranchised by the Church of England.

I have often thought that there is a direct correlation between our country being the poorest, rich and morally corrupt country in the world and our fanatical adherence to Christianity, I would suggest that there are more churches per capita in Nigeria than anywhere else in the world as for Islam let us not even go there. . . . .

I always smile when I remember a standing joke between some of my friends in Naija which reminds us that before your average Naija attempts to rip you off, he reminds you he is a Christian.

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i want to know someone who practice Voodoo in Lagos Nigeria, I fully believe in it, if someone can help me find a local who can help me find a voodoo spell caster plz

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i want to know someone who practice Voodoo in Lagos Nigeria, I fully believe in it, if someone can help me find a local who can help me find a voodoo spell caster plz

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Juju, Voodoo, and the whole muck-a-mucks.

Maybe you do not believe in it, but doubt does not change the facts. Maybe until your brothey turns into a man-sized tortoise, then you will believe. "Blessed is he who has not seen yet believed."

I strongly believe in voodoo (Or juju, whatever) but I also believe that He that is in me is greater than He that is in the World.

And that is that.

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Religion is fun, just like faith. I call it pre-occupation.

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Trust in Jesus Christ, for only He can save you.

Neither can voodoo nor the rest of them ,

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Voodoo/Vodum,

Is a religion, just like christianity. Hoodoo or juju is the magico aspect of the religion.

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I'm the first person to re-tell the story now. I don't think it has lost even 1% of originality yet.

As for her vantage point, I expected anyone to know she didn't actually go outside. If she had gone outside, then there would have been no need to peep at all in the first place.

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Can you read at all?

Didn't I say she was inside someone's house? Did I say she walked in and peeped? She was in the person's house and peeped through the window.

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but who the hell hears gun shots in Nigeria and stays, moreso walks in and takes a good peep? Like c'mooon now, the story's missing some stages don't ya think?

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@ Seun:

blanks? In Nigeria? Lmao, you definitely must be joking!!

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If voodoo exist why not use it to better nigeria?

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Your mum was decieved. The OPC members simply didn't shoot any live ammunition. They shot blanks.

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Did anybody remember the Okija shrine saga? Where is that shrine located? I know for sure that the people from that part of the country are 99% devotee of a certain religion, yet they believe in the fetish power of the Okija shrine.

It is on record that one of the governors of the area (now removed by the court) who happens to be a Medical Doctor and a Catholic devotee I suppose, was made to swear on oath to the god of the shrine. I think it is apposite to say that the people of that area have more faith in voodoo and their traditions than the religion they practice. At least the example of given above attests to this claim.

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Yeah. Interesting!

[b]O[/b]odua [b]P[/b]eople's [b]C[/b]ongress.

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Your mom heard gunshots coming from an uncompleted building, and decided to take a peep, staying long enough to see several guys get shot without any damage to their person? Interesting!

P.S What or who are the OPC?

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My mother once witnessed an OPC membership initiation live.  She actually went visiting someone, when she heard the noise of gun shots at the back of the person's house, coming from an uncompleted building.  She peeped and saw that it was the newly initiated guys who were being tested with guns shots; which didn't penetrate into their body (the bullets I mean).  They were not wearing bullet proofs either. She later got to know that they were OPC guys from the person she went visiting, which, according to him, wasn't a strange practice in his hood.

I wasn't there anyway, but I know she definitely wouldn't lie about such a thing, or cook such story up.  She would be in a better position to explain this though.

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I don't believe those folktales. OPC simply promotes those rumors to increase their mystique.

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How do you explain situations where Police engage Armed robbers in gunfire and the robbers don't die because they have some sort of bulletproof charms

How do you explain the OPC burning up police stations with eggs?

Voodoo exists and it is real

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I belive in voodoo and dont think that "it" is evil at all . "Evil" or "Good" comes fromt he person that practices , this goes for anything , merely being alive could be considered evil. voodoo is an ancient religion (older than christianity) and i do see it as the religion of the african people, since it started in West Africa and only got to Haiti by the slave trade. the only reason that christianity is considered "better" than voodoo is because of the slave trade. Honestly, i think that africa could have been saved the abuse and torment and lived on happily practicing it's own faith , rather than having christianity shoved down it's throat. The only reason that i remain a catholic is that it is (for the most part) peaceful, but i still do beilive that voodoo is a great source of healing and guidance .

xoxox

dolldagg

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To be honest, I do believe in Voodoo, since actually it's just one more form of magic. I know one real story to prove the point. What happened was truly strange - a very real tattoo (visible for everybody) appeared and later on dissappered without a trace. Nobody did it physically. What that might mean if not magic? Does anybody know what that might be?

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As far as am concerned voodoo or witchcraft as gg rightfully put it exists well. I think its just the name its called. In some countries its referred to as voodoo but in nigeria , its witchcraft. If u believe in the supernatural, then why not in voodoo. ?

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even the bible tells us of people communicating with the dead

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Thank you goodguy, if you have seen those people that thier lives have been destroyed with it then, you know something dey happen

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Nawa O weten una callam sef, what ever you call it to me it dosen't exsit and myself and family dosen't believe in it. who ever praticies it here should not try to know our christian faith it is not a religion but alcutisim.

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oracle, i really like that...just like a myth, the poster says it all...it's funny

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I believe it exists

but i dont believe in it

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I don't believe in voodoo.

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Can somebody here give a clear definition of voodoo? Does this include traditional religions and practices? Is it only the occult or are traditional native doctors also practicing voodoo? Is only part of these practices voodoo or only the supernatural part?

What exactly is voodoo?

As I don't believe in the supernatural, I will probably not believe in voodoo either.

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Honestly, I don't believe voodoo exist. Call me naive or ignorant. And it has nothing to do with me leaving nigeria at an early age. I have met people from all over the world in United States. Everyone of 'em comment about good and evil. Now if we want to classify evil as voodoo then the list goes on. Per your question/keynote effects8000, it is all psychology which is the characteristics of mental makeup it is the temperament and associated behavior of an individual or group, or that exhibited by those engaged in a particular activity. That activity can be evil in terms of doing something wrong.

As far as practicing evil is society terminology of voodoo, especially in nigeria. What is evil? We all have an answer to that. Voodoo can also be classify as evil to most nigerians but not to me. There is evil but not such thing as voodoo. Nigerians cry of voodoo because they are infatuated with it since hundreds of years ago. I never knew anything such as voodoo practices until I was 17 and started making friends {nigerians} in high school. When confronted my mom about it; being the kind of christian she is, she said it is pure wickedness that most nigerians engaged themselves in. Now does it really exists? Absolutely not! Yeah, thatz what I told mom. She said it does, I said it doesn't. She has that nigerian mentality which most nigerians like herself suffers from.

Call it a practice or a religion or whatever, it does not exist. My naive believe is that most nigerians in nigeria and everywhere else who mature into a teenage/adult age before leaving nigeria believe in it because it is the nigeria get away concept when there's no answer for many questions facing nigeria. Most noble religion {christianity} is there but without patience, they divert to other means of artificial make believe practice to be satisfied with the circumstance or situation at hand.

Voodoo is a myth. People who believe or practice it are only looking for some unrealistic answers, to satisfy their worrys or whatever reasons they might have; i.e. wishing others bad luck, good luck etc. Voodooism is more or less an cultism practice which is not real. There are two things on earth classified by KARMA. Good and evil exist, basically what goes around comes around at its time.

This is my 2 cents on voodoo, don't take it personal. It's only an opinion. Thanks I.B.

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voodoo exist for real

and it is not only practiced in africa but also in some other parts of the world too

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I believe there is Good and evil; and evil manifests itself in various forms, at home and abroad.

I don't know, for sure, what is out there so i try to avoid all wierdish things/people ... as prevention is better that cure.

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Tell me summin, have you practised it b4?

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I've heard of it, its common in Haiti, i don't believe it can work on me though!

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It is a well known fact that some Nigerians practice Voodoo especially those we have in the top government echelon... most of the time they do it to remain in power.

I personally think that voodoo practice is demonic. And anything that is being associated with God is forbidden.

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