Voodoo, Hoodoo, & Conjure

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The religion of Voodoo and the practice of Hoodoo sound the same, but they refer to different practices. Voodoo is a religion that originated in Africa, and took root in the American South. Hoodoo is actually not a religion, but a set of magical beliefs and typically includes the spells, divination, and making of charms. Hoodoo has more in common with Conjure: Hoodoo hails from along the Mississippi River, and Conjure was popularized in other areas of the States, but they both refer to folk magic, and they are not necessarily related to the worship of any particular deity. Books that describe the history, formulas, philosophy, and magic of Voodoo, Hoodoo, or Conjure, as well as Santeria, can be found in this section.