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Voodoo versus Wicca comparison chart
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Founder No founder. Wicca was made public by Gerald Gardner with some historians concluding it was mostly his creation and others feeling it may have existed as early as the 1800's. Some traditions claim distinct lineage such as Cochranian and Alexandrian.
Place of worship Altars, temples. Altars, covens, outside in nature, in your home, in your car, anywhere really
Practices Witchcraft; Prayer, Devotion, Invocation, Healing, varies from good to evil(Blessings, curses, etc.) Prayer, witchcraft, devotion, invocation, blessings, healing, casting circle, etc
Place of origin Benin. England
Concept of Deity Numerous deities; Bondye is chief deity (God). All deities are a reflection of a male and female aspect and belief that the gods are real personas. Depends on the individual and the Path they follow. Typically animistic and/or polytheistic ranging from belief that all deities are a reflection of a male and female aspect and belief that the gods are real personas (hard polytheists).
Life after death Vilokan is home to the lwa and the deceased. Described as a submerged and forested island, also belief in reincarnation, Life is continuous, Reincarnation, often with a rest period in the Summerland.
Time of origin Vodun has its roots in the West African religions of the Yoruba, Ewe, Fon, etc. In the modern day, kinship between the African diaspora faiths is often recognized. Vodun itself originated sometime after the arrival of African slaves in the Carribean. Created by Gerald Gardner in the 1950s. Most branches claim some ancient tradition or line, but no direct proof through historical sources. It is perhaps the largest religion created in the last century.
Goal of religion To honor God and the lwas (Saints) and honor and celebration of life. To honor the ancient Gods and Goddess, and respect the cycles of life. To better yourself.
Literal Meaning 'Spirit.' or "Sacred" - Fon Language Wic·ca - from Old English Wica. Wise
Clergy Hougans(priests), Mambos (priestesses), Bokors, witch doctors, etc. Priests and Priestesses, Lords, Ladies, witches (respectively).
About Voodoo is a religion of many spirits and One God, Voodoo is a very ancient and oral tradition, It is the infusion of Traditional African beliefs with Catholicism. There are two aspects of Voodoo: Rada - Positive, Petro - Negetive, Largest of the Neopagan religions. Great reverence for the Earth & for their Goddess & her consort, the horned God. Wiccan Rede: forbids them from harming people, including themselves, except in some cases of self-defense.
Belief of God Numerous deities, ruled by a major deity. Belief of The Gods and Goddesses.
Birth of Jesus Affirmed in Haitian Voodoo. N/A, closest comparison would be the Sabbat of Yule, when the God is born unto the Goddess.
View of Animistic religions Comradeship with other Animistic religions. Practitioners typically follow specific deities over others.
Rites Initiation, healing. Initiation, Hand Fasting, Healing, Ritual.
Status of women Women are High Priestesses (or mambos). The highest form of clergy, To maintain the relationship between the community and the spirits. Women and men are equals and women are revered, as they are the givers of life.
Use of statues and pictures Encouraged and Permitted. Common, but not universal. When used, they are prominently placed on the practitioner's alter.
Geographical distribution and predominance Africa (Benin, Nigeria, and other west african states), the Caribbean (Haiti and Cuba, primarily), the Southern United States. Primarily English speaking parts of Europe, North American and Australia with some communities in France, Germany, etc.
Branches Major branches include Haitian, Louisianian, and African forms. These forms are distinct, but closely related and generally mutually recognize eachother. Practitioners sometimes belong to more than one branch. Gardnerian, Alexandrian, Elijan, Dianic, Druidic, Celtic, Nordic, Eclectic, Stregheria, Faerie (Fae), Georgian, Y Tylwyth Teg, American Welsh, Blue Star, Ceremonial, Odyssean, Shamanic Witchcraft, etc.
View of the Buddha N/A. Buddha achieved enlightenment and therefore is someone to imitate.... though as always, depends on who you talk to. While some minimal Buddhist influence may be present, Buddha himself is rarely worshiped.
Angels Voodoo believe in numerous deities, spirits, angels, etc. Depending on the path, some sects believe in Arch Angels. Mainly belief in faeries is more prominent.
Use of statues Very common. Very common
Identity of Jesus Affirmed in Haitian Voodoo. N/A
Belief of God Bondye is the chief deity, but, other deities are worshipped also. Varies but the Triple Goddess is common (Maiden, Mother and Crone), a "Woodsy" God, either horned or "The Greenman", The Holly King, other various deities from different regions depending on the Path
Population Approx. 1 million. The number of practicing Wiccans has been estimated between tens of thousands on up to several hundred thousand.
Holy days Holy days often related to Catholic saint feasts. Sabbats, 8 celebrations falling on the Equinoxes, Solstices, and points immediately between them (cross-quarter days). Esbats are celebrated monthly in honor of the cycles of the moon.
Status of Adam Used as cover for a Voodoo deity in Haitian Voodoo. N/A
Original Language Fon, Ewe languages, French. Primarily English with occasional inclusions of local languages related to specific deities and magical languages from western mystery traditions. Some covens in non-English speaking countries speak their local languages.
Death of Jesus Affirmed in Haitian Voodoo. N/A
Second coming of Jesus Affirmed in Haitian Voodoo. N/A
Clothes Simple, white clothes, undecorated. Clothing usually includes a head scarf or other simple head covering. Sometimes clothing relating to the spirit in question is worn by the possessed. Varies. Some wear clothing based on European heritage, some wear elaborate costumes with masks and adornments, some wear robes, some wear street clothes, and quite a few conduct ritual 'skyclad' (nude).
Views on other religion They see no contradiction in following more than one religion(usually Christianity). View all religions positively. Some may have a negative disposition toward faiths with dogmatic views and rigid scripture, though that is a personal thing, not a part of the religion.
Concept of God Omnipresent Creator (Bondye) Usually a horned god and a triple goddess.
Ressurection of Jesus Affirmed in Haitian Voodoo. N/A, Easter is comparable to the Sabbat Ostara, which celebrates the rejuvenation of the harvest, the beginning of spring. Fertility.
Belief God (Bondye), The Lwa's, Angels, Spirits of ancestors, animals, natural forces, and the spirits of good and evil. varies depending on the Path and individual, however strong emphasis on nature, the Moon, Sun and Stars, the divine spark found in all things... etc
Belief of deities Numerous deities. Commonly, a God and Goddess, which may be thought of as specific Gods and Goddesses from many cultures, or as two parts, of one Eternal Life Force
Prophets Witch doctors, etc. Wiccans view their faith as one of experience versus revelation. While much reverence is given to Crones (elder women) and Sages (elder men) as well as to various prominent leaders, none are recognized as prophetic authorities over the practitioner.
Authority of Pope Some Voodooists are Catholic, so they would follow the Pope. N/A
View of Abrahamic religions The Christian God is used as cover for the chief Voodoo god, as are Christian Holy figures used as covers for various Voodoo deities, in Haiti. Some emphasis is placed on the European witchcraft persecutions, referred to as the Burning Times. Christian dogmatic views are also viewed negatively in favor of experiential truth. This can be quite strong among those who were raised Christian
View of Oriental religions Voodooists see no contradiction in following more than one religion. Some kinship is often recognized between Wicca and animistic and polytheistic faiths of Asia such as Hinduism and Shinto. Many Asian mystical practices are also incorporated. Reincarnation and the Law of Return may be offshoots of karma.
Practitioner name Vodouisant, witch doctor Wiccan, Witch, Lord, Lady, Priestess, Priest, one also usually takes upon a magickal name which is used during practice.
Introduction Voodoo is an Afro-Carribean religion originating in Benin and focused on spirits, or loa. It is an animist belief system with elements of syncretism (borrowing), particularly of Catholicism. Wicca (pronounced /ˈwɪkə/) is a specific Neopagan religion. Its adherents are referred to as Wiccans, though the terms Witches or Crafters are also used. Developing in England in the first half of the 20th century, Wicca was popularised in th
Related religions Yoruba, Santeria, Candomble, native West African faiths. Other modern neopagan or new age religions. This is in contrast to reconstructionist pagan traditions, which are rooted in historical practice.
Position of Mary Used as a cover for the Voodoo goddess, Erzulie. N/A
Position of Abraham Abraham is used as a cover for a Voodoo deity. N/A.
Concept of a God Numerous deities, that are ruled by one powerful almighty deity. Depends on the Path and individual however normally the Triple Goddess and Greenman or Horned God (Pan, Cernunnos, etc).

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