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or vo·dun  (vō-do͞on′)
See voodoo.

[Haitian Creole, from Ewe vodu or Fon vodun.]
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Another name for voodoo.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vodoun - a religious cult practiced chiefly in Caribbean countries (especially Haiti)vodoun - a religious cult practiced chiefly in Caribbean countries (especially Haiti); involves witchcraft and animistic deities
cultus, religious cult, cult - a system of religious beliefs and rituals; "devoted to the cultus of the Blessed Virgin"
hoodoo - a practitioner of voodoo
zombi, zombi spirit, zombie spirit, zombie - (voodooism) a spirit or supernatural force that reanimates a dead body
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Others include Portia Shipman-Healthcare Administration, Women's Anti Violence Advocate; Presley Souffrant Junior from the Caribbean Island of Haiti, the first free black republic in the world, Vodoun Spiritual Leader/Priest and Junior Diplomat in Training; Jeanne Christine
The word "Vodou" (French) or "Vodoun" (Fon) translates as "spirit." Price-Mars sustains the thesis that "Vodoun e gni Alahounou; Mahou oue do Vodou: The Spirit is a thing of God; God possesses the Spirit." (103) The Afro-Haitian Vodou has its origin in African religious animism.
Only the camera can link Martinique with New Orleans, calypso with carioca, vodoun with Baptist shouts and West African ceremonies, rapping with Dominican group tale-telling, United States primitive sculpture with West African models, the blues with the muleskinner's holler and with Senegalese rice harvest song.
When brought from Africa to Haiti the term became tied to the mystical practices of the Vodoun, which established Zombies as being linked to an entrancing practice which harboured "the magic required to strike people down to a death-like state and revive them later from the grave to become virtually mindless servants" and "the most subordinate slaves" (Ibid: 197).
Il se sert pour ecrire le premier roman en langue creole d'un mythe du vodoun, celui de la zombification.
Putnam's discussion of populist religion covers fairly familiar ground in its attention to the range of spirituality from Christian orthodoxy, revivalist, and fundamentalist groups to African-based Vodoun and Santeria common throughout the Caribbean.
Religions: Catholic 27%, Muslim 24%, Vodoun 17%, Protestant 10%, other (Christian and indigenous) 22%
Giovanny Cruz's protagonist, Amanda, is forced to choose between her husband in the Dominican Republic and her lover Antonio in Haiti, and also whether maintain her Vodoun traditions or not.
The idea of naming such autonomous software programs after Vodoun deities dates back at least to William Gibson's "cyberpunk" trilogy of the 1980s (Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona Lisa Overdrive).
6 MAYA DEREN, DIVINE HORSEMEN: THE LIVING GODS OF HAITI (1954/1985) Experimental filmmaker Maya Deren aimed to reorder hierarchies of thought, time, and space--to create, in her own words, a state in which "nothing is future and nothing is past; nothing is old and nothing is new." In making Divine Horsemen--an immersive recording of Hatian rituals--Deren grew so involved with Vodoun culture that she ultimately joined it, abandoning her place behind the camera to become her work's subject.
The 14 tracks presented here have never been issued outside of Africa and most of them follow the spirit and sound of the first volume, The Vodoun Effect, which was a selection of songs released by small and obscure labels from this tiny country, formerly known as Dahomey.
Grand Brigitte, though, is not quite the same as the loas of Vodoun for she has "no cult, no special altar" (22), and as she tells Angie, "I am of a different order" (23).