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* In some Marvel comics ''Vodu'' is depicted as magic -often very close to ''Black Magic''.{{r|New Avengers Vol 2 34}}<!-- I will find some other references in the meantime [Jrkh] --> Actually the ''Vodu'' based rituals center on healing, intercession and coping with 'every-day-life' instead of cursing people which is always connected with the pop-cutural and synthetic term 'Voodoo'.
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* There is no institutional cannon about the stories, names, gender, hierarchy or family relations about the Vodu in West African tradition. Those were mostly influenced by the contact with the Europeans, Muslims and other ethnic groups.
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** The concept of ''One God Above All'' was influenced by Christian and Muslim belief systems.
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** The gods [[Mawu (Earth-616)|Mawu]] and [[Lusa (Earth-616)|Lusa]] interchanged their gender in their history.
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*** [[Obatala (Earth-616)|Obatala]] is sometimes shown as female.
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** [[Eschu (Earth-616)|Eschu]] (trickster deity) and [[Ellegua (Earth-616)|Legba]] ('god' of crossroads) are one and the same Vodu.
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** The importance and the role or manifestation of the patricular ''Òrìshà'' varies from city to city in Nigeria.
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*** ''Olodumare'' may be the highest deity in the belief systems, but [[Ogun (Earth-616)|Ogun]] appears as the most important one in many West African cities.
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* Due to the experiences of Transaltantic slave trade (triangle ''West Africa-America-Europe''), the oppressing by the white slaveholders and missionaries and the contact with indigenous Caribbeans the ''Vodu''/''Òrìshàs'' transformed differently from place to place which led to the many various Afrocaribbean belief systems like ''Santeria'', ''Candomble'', ''Umbanda'' or ''Hoodoo''.
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** [[Sagbata (Earth-616)|Sagbata]], Òrìshà of pox, became the cemetery spirit 'Baron Samedi'.
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** [[Shango (Earth-616)|Shango]], tyrannic ruler of 'Old Oyo' (Oyo Empire), became fatherlike 'Papa Shango'.
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** [[Eshu (Earth-616)|Eshu Ellegua]] was equated with the devil through his appearance as trickster.
 
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Revision as of 16:27, February 15, 2014

History

Origins


Ancient History


20th Century

For centuries tribes in the Congo worshiped the Vodu goddess known as Mamalu until the 1950s when white settlers convinced the tribes that Mamalu did not exist. Furious Mamalu blamed the jungle adventurer Lorna the Jungle Queen as being responsible for stealing her worshipers. She influenced a tribes man named Kabu with offers be her mate if he performed a sacrifice to bring her to Earth. Lorna attempted to stop Mamalu but it was not until that Mamalu decided to take Lorna's companion Greg Knight as a mate did her plan fail as the jealous Kabu seemingly slew her[1].

Modern Age



Miscellaneous


Representatives: * Anansi, Avlekete, Buluku, Dam-Ayido, Damballah, Eschu, Ghekre, Legba, Lusa, Mawu, Nyambe, Ogun, Ezili, Oya, Baron Samedi, Shango, Mamalu

Notes

  • In some Marvel comics Vodu is depicted as magic -often very close to Black Magic.[2] Actually the Vodu based rituals center on healing, intercession and coping with 'every-day-life' instead of cursing people which is always connected with the pop-cutural and synthetic term 'Voodoo'.

Trivia

  • There is no institutional cannon about the stories, names, gender, hierarchy or family relations about the Vodu in West African tradition. Those were mostly influenced by the contact with the Europeans, Muslims and other ethnic groups.
    • The concept of One God Above All was influenced by Christian and Muslim belief systems.
    • The gods Mawu and Lusa interchanged their gender in their history.
      • Obatala is sometimes shown as female.
    • Eschu (trickster deity) and Legba ('god' of crossroads) are one and the same Vodu.
    • The importance and the role or manifestation of the patricular Òrìshà varies from city to city in Nigeria.
      • Olodumare may be the highest deity in the belief systems, but Ogun appears as the most important one in many West African cities.
  • Due to the experiences of Transaltantic slave trade (triangle West Africa-America-Europe), the oppressing by the white slaveholders and missionaries and the contact with indigenous Caribbeans the Vodu/Òrìshàs transformed differently from place to place which led to the many various Afrocaribbean belief systems like Santeria, Candomble, Umbanda or Hoodoo.
    • Sagbata, Òrìshà of pox, became the cemetery spirit 'Baron Samedi'.
    • Shango, tyrannic ruler of 'Old Oyo' (Oyo Empire), became fatherlike 'Papa Shango'.
    • Eshu Ellegua was equated with the devil through his appearance as trickster.

See Also

Links and References

Footnotes

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