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Hoodoo, also known as "conjure" and sometimes confused with "voodoo", is a traditional African-American folk spirituality that developed from a number of West African, Native American and European spiritual traditions.

Differences between voodoo and hoodoo
Like voodoo, hoodoo shows evident links to the practices and beliefs of West African spiritual folkways. The ancient African folkway of Vodun is a more standardized and widely dispersed spiritual practice than hoodoo. Vodun's modern form is practiced across West Africa in the countries now known as Benin, Togo, and Burkina Faso, among others. In Haiti, Cuba, and other Caribbean islands, the worship of the Vodoun gods is practiced in a syncretic form that has been greatly modified by contact with Catholicism. The Voodoo of Haiti and Louisiana Voodoo are related more to Vodun than to hoodoo; similar Vodun practices among Spanish speakers in Cuba are called Santería.

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