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n. & a.1.See Voodoo.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The section's categorization of spells and fetishes--"ouangas, caprelatas, vaudoux, donpedre, macandals"--marks the sudden appearance of the vernacular in a volume written in French, the official language of the state.
(24) In Saint-Mery's account, participants in a "Vaudoux dance" congregate around their "King" and "Queen," and a see-through box containing a snake [une couleuvre] which channels "Vaudoux"--" [a]n all-powerful supernatural being on which depend all the events on earth .
Novels (selected titles): Gustave Aymard, Les Vaudoux, 1910; Theodore Roscoe, A Grave Must Be Deep, serial 1934-1935, volume 1989; Richard E.
(4.) Since the word "voodoo" is closely associated with Anglo-American ideas of black magic, many scholars prefer other orthographies, such as vodun, vodou, Vaudoux, vadoun, and vodoum.
Haiti's never had smooth anything, and Dubois suggests why in a series of shrewd explorations of pre-1804 plantation life, the social ambitions of "free coloreds," the terror of field slaves after branding (as if they were livestock) and torture (lopped-off ears, boiling cane juice, live burial), bartering sex for emancipation, syncretic religions like "Vaudoux"--and even, after the insurrectionary wars and the atrocity swappings, Toussaint's very own "militarized" labor policy and "police state."