You may be surprised to learn Voodoo is alive and doing well. Voodoo first came to America in French Louisiana brought by slaves from West Africa. They had extensive knowledge of poisons and herbs and brought with them their cultural practices and religion. Their amulets and charms are used for healing, protection and to keep a close connection with loved ones. To cure a variety of ailments including anxiety, addictions, and depression, practitioners of the religion take spiritual baths, pray, chant, beat on drums, dance with snakes, and go into trance-like states.
Early slaves in Louisiana were held in large groups far from white settlers and were able to preserve their African traditions. After a slave revolt in Haiti in 1791, many took refuge in New Orleans and by the 19th century, Voodoo queens and kings had become spiritual and powerful political figures.