About our practice Voodoo is a Fon word that has acquired various spellings and interpretations. From Vodou (introspection, into the unknown) to Voudon (the power, that who is invisible, creator of all things). Priestess Miriam personally defines Voodoo as a name from someone’s mind, concentrated with accumulated thoughts, brought on through experience, ascending first to a lower degree of self, be it nature or human, in a different order of activities, which bring on a sense of enlightenment, arranging its energy in a systematic structure, creating a symbolical and principled order and title. Originating in Africa, Voodoo is one of the oldest religions still in existence. It spread throughout the world with the slave trade, encountering the same injustice that its practitioners faced. The Americans mistook their rituals as Satanism and went to cruel and drastic measures to end all Voodoo practices. Perpetuating the racist views, filmmakers in the 1970s made the
religion appear to center on gory sacrifices and zombies. These misconceptions still echo today in the predominant ethnocentric perspective on Voodoo. Voodoo is still practiced in many locations throughout the world, passed down through oral tradition resulting in slight variations and titles between cultures. Belief revolves around the mixing of energies of the universe with an omnipresent creator, and that which is manifested within ourselves. The Loa act as intermediaries between the creator and human world to maintain a spiritual balance. There are various aspects of Voodoo: Rada concentrates on the positive side of Voodoo only; Petro focuses on both the negative and positive sides; Secta Rouge’s attention is on the negative side only; Zobop’s concentration is on the extreme negative. The purpose of the Voodoo Spiritual Temple is to educate the community about Voodoo and to dispel the myths and misconceptions associated with Voodoo since time immemorial.