INTERVIEW WITH HERVE BRIOCHE = GROWING UP HAITIAN = Overcoming Vodou
Because hoodoo is folk magic, Voodoo and Afro-diasporic religions in the U.S. became synonymous with fraud.
This is one origin of the stereotype that HaitianVodou, New Orleans Voodoo, and hoodoo are all tricks used to make money off of the gullible.
Vodouists believe in a distant and unknowable Supreme Creator, Bondye (derived from the French term Bon Dieu, meaning "good God). According to Vodouists, Bondye does not intercede in human affairs, and thus they direct their worship toward spirits subservient to Bondye, called IOA. Every loa is responsible for a particular aspect of life, with the dynamic and changing personalities of each loa reflecting the many possibilities inherent to the aspects of life over which they preside.To navigate daily life, vodouists cultivate personal relationships with the loa through the presentation of offerings, the creation of personal altars and devotional objects, and participation in elaborate ceremonies of music, dance, and spirit possession.