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voodoo

(voo′doo″) [Louisiana Fr. voudou, ult. fr a West African language, e.g., Fon or Ewe vodũ, spirit, deity, demon]
1. A religion that combines elements of Roman Catholicism with traditional African religion, magic, ritual, and witchcraft, primarily practiced in the coastal regions of the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean Islands, esp. Haiti.
2. One who practices this religion.
3. A charm or fetish used in this religion.
4. A colloquial, disparaging term for nonsensical, simplistic, irrational, or superstitious activities or practices, e.g., "voodoo economics" or "voodoo science."
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The voodoo priest still has four dolls ready to go for the upcoming four matches that Brazil is still left to play, the report added.
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A high priest told the BBC, however, that descerating corpses was not accepted by mainstream voodoo
He looked good value for that margin and while the handicapper has raised him another 5lb for that win, Voodoo Prince still looks to be well-treated at present.
Kenneth Pogson - better known in some circles as "Cat Daddy" - and his business partner, Richard Shannon, who goes by "Tres" because he's the third in his family to be born to the name, will open their third quirky Voodoo shop in a not-so-secret location just off Kesey Plaza, considered by many the epicenter of downtown Eugene.
More than half of Haiti s nearly 10 million people are believed to practice voodoo, a religion brought from West Africa several centuries ago by slaves forced to work on the plantations of their white masters in what was then the rich French Caribbean colony of Saint Domingue.
Samuel Preston, the lead singer from The Ordinary Boys, embarks on a personal journey of discovery by delving into the world of voodoo, 'the black sheep of religion'.
But the country's chief voodoo expert is following the Hawks to Germany.
To believe in voodoo requires a suspension of disbelief--to accept the unacceptable and embrace the impossible.
Crafted in blood red ABS plastic and depicting a Morph-like human form, the garish Voodoo has five strategically-positioned slots in which to place five quality knives, which are also included.
The Senegal midfielder performed the ju-ju - the West African version of voodoo - at the end of the year as Chris Coleman's team were stuttering.