Part of the 'Complete Idiot's Guide' series.
Voodoo isn't just about sticking pins into doll-sized effigies of your enemies or midnight rituals involving chicken blood. This book is the definitive guide to this mysterious and often misunderstood religion - and its even more mysterious cousin, Santeria.
Voodoo is a religion of charms and rituals intended to empower life and bring good fortune to those who practice it. It is a deeply spiritual religion that evokes spirits that believers recognise as part of nature. Voodoo has gotten a bum rap from Hollywood and horror novelists; this book separates the fact from the fiction, the myth from the reality, tracing voodoo's roots back to its African origins to its full potential in the West Indies.