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Hoodoo vs. Voodoo

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For Halloween, I wanted to answer a question we hear in New Orleans: What’s the difference between voodoo and hoodoo?

Voodoo is an established religion with African roots. It arrived in New Orleans from Haiti and Africa and encompasses a large culture of art, philosophy and music of different spiritual traditions.

In contrast, hoodoo is a mélange of African folklore and beliefs as well as American Indian botany and European folklore. It isn’t linked to a particular theology but can be adapted to different types of religious worship. Most of what we see in movies today is really hoodoo.

Scott Hutcheson, Senior Advisor to the Mayor on the Cultural Economy

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