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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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Each of them was taken to his corner and, after the referee counted to three, Vodoo's owner released him while Radu was still holding Bronco lest he should dash at his opponent.
Asked by judge Santat Nipawong if she recognised her attacker in court, she pointed at Pipatpong Raksern, 19, wearing a " Vodoo Doc" T-shirt and jeans.
I was also informed by personal experience gleaned from practicing Bomba, Plena, Vodoo, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and West African dance traditions and conversations with practitioners of African-Diaspora religions.