Do you believe in Voodoo dolls and witchcraft???

Shannintipton - posted on 12/29/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son was asking so I thought I would post it just for fun. I dont believe in it myself. But I do have some friends of the family from Louisiana and they do believe in voodoo dolls. So I was just wondering. Thought it might me fun or interesting. LOL

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Denikka - posted on 12/29/2011

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Voodoo is 100% REAL.

Now, let me tell you why. Voodoo is based on belief. If you believe it, it's real. You cannot do a voodoo spell on someone without them knowing about it. It will not work. Because it's based on their belief.

Witchcraft is another thing that's pretty tricky. I'm Pagan and self identify as a witch. Can I take someones hair or blood and make terrible things happen to them? No. Can I reanimate the dead? No. Can I point my finger at someone and zap them? No. Can I create a potion to force a person to fall in love with another person? No.

Witchcraft is a religion just like any other. It IS real, but not in the sense that most people believe it to be. Every Pagan or witch will give you a different answer as to what they believe and why because it is a religion that is individualized to each person. Unlike Abrahamic faiths (Christianity, Judaism, Muslims etc) there is no book to follow. There is no hard and fast *truths* that every Pagan holds true to.
Spells are like prayers. It's a way to encourage an outside force (whatever you believe it to be, God, Goddess, Spirit, etc) to do what you want or to express to those powers what you would like.

Do I believe? Absolutely. Voodoo is a recognized belief system, as is any of the Pagan religions. Witchcraft is a VERY broad term that covers just about everything from saying a prayer to creating a potion to animal sacrifices. It's real, people do believe that this is a valuable way to communicate with their deity. There should be no doubt as to whether or not it exists.

It is a difficult topic to teach a child about as it is so broad. Paganism (and *witchcraft* by extension) covers EVERYTHING that is not an Abrahamic based faith (Christianity and its many branches, Judaism, and Muslim) Paganism is such a broad term and covers everything from ancient Greek/Roman religion to Egyptian to kitchen witches and herb lore to ancient druidism and the more modern Wicca, along with everything in between.
If you want to teach your child about, maybe pick a specific path and teach that and just explain that there are MANY paths and that this is just one of many.

to Debb:
No, hair is not the only option. Anything personal can be used to contribute to the doll. From a button on a shirt to a pin or piece of cloth from a favorite piece of clothing, even a favorite lipstick.
Just about anything from the body can also be used, depending on the desired result. Hair and fingernail clippings are popular. Spit and blood can also be used (including menstrual blood depending on the desired result). Even urine CAN be used (once again, depends on what the result of the spell is supposed to be). :) fun fact for you all :P

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No. That's the short answer.

Okay, let me take a deep breath...

I believe in angels and demons, God and Satan, etc. I was raised Baptist and remain Christian to this day. That said, even Christianity recognizes witchcraft. But I don't believe that a doll can be made from my hair (or whatever, really, is hair the only option? Hmmm...), I digress. I believe in possession though, I just don't think that evil comes to us in such 'obvious' forms.

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Shannintipton - posted on 12/29/2011

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That was very interesting Denikka. I wonder if my family friends feel the same way you do. I think I will have to ask them about it.

Shannintipton - posted on 12/29/2011

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Yes Katherine that is a great idea. Especially since he did see it on a cartoon. My bad. So learning about it for real would be the better choice. I agree with you there. :)

Katherine - posted on 12/29/2011

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I have no idea how you feel about your child reading about a topic that sparked an interest for him, but in my home when one of kids ask a question about any topic we make it a point to look it up and find informatin for that child to read about to have a better idea what it is about. I dont know if witchcraft is something you want your child to read about to understand - only a suggestion. I believe in self education and encourage it. but that is a tricky subject.

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Me too!! Being a woman is a little lame sometimes... men have no idea how good they have it. :)

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