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    Voodoo Magic

    In my American OC fic, one form of Dark Magic is Voodoo magic. Would it be correct to say that it was started by French wizards? Thanks a ton!
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    From Wikipedia:

    Louisiana Voodoo, also known as New Orleans Voodoo, describes a set of religious practices which originated from the traditions of the African diaspora. It is a cultural form of the Afro-American religions which developed within the French, Spanish, and Creole speaking African American population of the U.S. state of Louisiana. It is one of many incarnations of African-based religions rooted in West African Dahomeyan Vodun. They became syncretized with the Catholicism and Francophone culture of south Louisiana as a result of the slave trade. Louisiana Voodoo is often confused with—but is not completely separable from—Haitian Vodou and southern Hoodoo. It differs from Vodou in its emphasis upon Gris-gris, voodoo queens, use of Hoodoo occult paraphernalia, and Li Grand Zombi (snake deity). It was through Louisiana Voodoo that such terms as gris-gris (a Wolof term) and voodoo dolls were introduced into the American lexicon.
    So while it's strongly associated with Francophone culture in that area of the country, its origins are African.

    Edit: You'll also want to be careful with the statement that it is Dark Magic, as voodoo itself is a religion. I'd suggest reading up on the Wikipedia article at the very least to ensure that you're not accidentally slighting the beliefs of an entire subculture - that can be embarrassing (I've done it).

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    I'll do more research and make sure I don't insult anyone. That would be embarrassing. Thanks for your help!
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    I was recently researching something similar and came across the term "Hoodoo" which seemed to be more of the Dark Magic side than Voodoo. I think if you search the term "ouanga" you may find some helpful info as well.
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    Will do. Thanks!
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