REAL VOODOO DOLLS FOR LOVE, PROTECTION AND MONEY
The real history of Voodoo dolls
Traditionally, the dolls use by Voodoo priests and priestesses were meant to be the representation of a Voodoo deity, or to contain a spirit that was summoned during a ritual. Nowadays, and as far as magic is concerned, it is often believed that Voodoo dolls are used as a mean to get revenge, and thus are used for malevolent purposes.
Despite that wrong belief, it’s acknowledged that more than 90% of the spells cast with the use of a Voodoo doll are targeting healing, fertility, finding true love, and spiritual guidance. Therefore we can say that Voodoo dolls are created for a positive outcome.
The authentic African fetish
The first use of dolls in Voodoo appears to be in Africa, and specifically in Congo where it is known under the name of Nkisi, which literally means “sacred medicine”. The fetish was carved in a single piece of wood. It was used during rituals to cast away bad energies and negative spirits, even if there are several reports about actual use of Nkisis for revenge and evil purposes. When it’s targeting negative aims, this type of Voodoo is knowned as Bokor Voodoo or sorcery. These spiritual statues are now praised by amateurs of primitive arts.
The use of dolls in Haitian Voodoo
In Haiti, the dolls were very often used in ceremonial purposes. During rituals or spell castings, the doll is seen as a messenger between our world, and the world of spirits. As matter of a fact, dolls were brought to graveyards and nailed to a tree with a written message and an old shoe. The doll is believed to bring the message of the sorcerer directly to the spirit world.
Dolls and poppets in New Orleans Voodoo
In Louisiana, the dolls are used as magic talismans, prepared during rituals done by Voodoo hougans or mambos (male and female priests). There are different categories of powers for these researched talismans: love, domination, finance and luck, and protection against evil spirits or curse removal.
It is amongst the slaves in Louisiana, during the 18th and 19th centuries, that the use of dolls became very popular, not only as a talisman, but also as a part of a ceremony to cast a Voodoo spell. The American Voodoo doll is remarkable for its resemblance to the African Bocio. The Bocio is a magic talisman used in Togo and Benin, that are simple objects on which are nailed different kinds of objects (cloth, coins, nails, rope etc.) in order to activate the power of the Bocio, and invoke an helpful spirit.
Additionally, the Bocio figurines, as used by New Orleans Voodoo priests, are answering the specific needs of Voodoo believers and the community. The dolls may be used against to attract love, economic success, and can be a protection against violence and evil spirits.