In popular culture, Voodoo dolls are usually depicted as small, hand-made models fashioned to resemble the enemies of a Voodoo practitioner. By sticking pins into the doll, the practitioner is seen to magically inflict pain or disease upon those enemies. However, this is not an accurate representation of Voodoo practices.Know More
The use of a doll or poppet to represent a person has deep roots in several traditions of folk magic and witchcraft. Such dolls were often crude figures made from twisted string or wax or carved from plant roots. Sometimes a personal object, such as a lock of hair, would be used to magically connect the doll to the person it was meant to represent. The spells performed on the doll were not always meant to bring harm. Such effigies could also be used for healing rituals.
Dolls of this type were not a part of the traditional religion called Voodoo, however. Voodoo was created by the descendants of African slaves brought to Haiti. Elements from traditional African religions were merged with elements from Roman Catholicism and created a hybrid religion. While magical rituals do have a place in traditional Voodoo, the fundamental principal of the religion is that everything is spirit. The primary goal of Voodoo is to serve the spirits by offering prayers and performing rituals in return for good health, protection and favorable outcomes. Practitioners of modern day New Orleans Voodoo often sell Voodoo dolls along with other more traditional items, but this is done primarily to satisfy the expectations of tourists.Learn more in Superstition
The word "Voodoo" is an anglicized version of the Haitian Creole word "Vodou." Vodou is a traditional Haitian religious belief system that was born out of the blending of cultures that resulted from African slaves being forced to practice Catholicism by French slave owners in the Caribbean.Full Answer >
Kundalini meditation is a practice of Kundalini yoga in which enlightenment occurs when inner spiritual energy reaches the crown chakra at the top of the head. Kundalini is dormant spiritual energy focused at the base of the spine. This energy is drawn up through the body, awakening each of the seven chakra points. Each Kundalini meditation session usually begins with a stretching exercise designed to loosen up the spine.Full Answer >
Hundreds of people have gone missing in the Bermuda Triangle, but there is no exact number. As of 2014, there have been at least 119 people lost in aircraft incidents in the Bermuda Triangle, hundreds lost in sea incidents and two people who went missing from a nearby lighthouse.Full Answer >
In the tradition of modern Paganism, known as Wicca, casting a spell depends on ritual, timing and the strength of the caster's will. Preparation and focus are emphasized, as is the clearing of negative energy and the invitation of positive energy.Full Answer >