Image: Anthony Pappone
Although Christian missionaries and slave owners tried to stamp Voodoo out, sometimes violently, the religion actually incorporates quite a few Catholic elements. Indeed, in those terrible times, Voodoo practitioners were sometimes able to pass their religion off as Catholicism, fooling their cruel overseers. These days, Voodoo remains flexible and capable of assimilating ideas from different traditions. At its core, however, it is monotheistic, believing in a single creator god who is assisted by spirits known as “Orishas”.