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Tia Dalma, a voodoo priestess.

"Witness my desperate search for the voodoo queen, Tia Dalma."
Jack Sparrow to Will Turner[src]

Voodoo, also known as hoodoo and Obeah[1], often referred to as the dark arts[2], was the practice of ancient magic used in the Caribbean. Someone who harnessed the power of voodoo is called a Voodooist, Voodoo Priest or Priestess. Voodoo was also a religion, beginning as a tribal and spiritual belief in Africa brought over by the slaves. The power of Voodoo magic was practiced by many individuals, including Tia Dalma and Blackbeard.

History

"Esmeralda, you've been sailing around the Caribbean for a long time. You know about curses, and magic, and hoodoo, and Obeah. You know that, in the Caribbean, they really exist. Right?"
Jack Sparrow to Esmeralda[src]

In the early 18th century, Voodoo was brought over by African slaves to the Caribbean. There, it mixed with Roman Catholicism and it became a religion with teachings of the Bible incorporated within it. It still used tribal and very spiritual techniques to worship and practice the magic. The knowledge of herbs, poisons, and the ritual creation of charms and amulets, intended to protect oneself or harm others, became key elements of Voodoo.

After the First Brethren Court bound the goddess Calypso into her human form, Calypso, under the guise of Tia Dalma, became a renowned mystical voodoo priestess. Her powers have helped on many occasions, most notably in helping Jack Sparrow[3][4], resurrect Hector Barbossa[4], and made mystical crabs carry the Black Pearl.[5] Sometime after 1718, Blackbeard studied voodoo to his own ends, taking a passion for forbidden dark magic. Having learned a variety of beliefs and techniques, Blackbeard knew more than just Haitian Voodoo, but mainly practiced Haitian Voodoo.[6] He would use his powers to create zombie officers, fashion voodoo dolls, and darts dipped in a sleep-inducing elixir.[7]

Notable Voodoo practitioners

Beliefs

"So, what’s this about magic?"
"Well, a lot of that magic and Obeah lore in the Caribbean comes from the Africans that have been transported here, savvy?
"
Esmeralda and Jack Sparrow[src]

Besides being the practice of ancient magic, voodoo was also a religion. It began as a tribal and spiritual belief in Africa brought over the by the slaves to the Caribbean. There, it mixed with Roman Catholicism and it became a religion with teachings of the Bible incorporated within it. It still used tribal and very spiritual techniques to worship and practice the magic.[1][2]

According to Voodoo beliefs, God was unreachable, so the Voodooists mainly prayed to lesser entities, the spirits known as loa. Some of the best known loas were Legba and Ogoun Ferraille.[8]

Dark Magic

Main article: Dark Magic

Similar in nature to Voodoo, Dark Magic differs from other forms of magic in the intent of the person using it. This is a difficult distinction to make in many cases, as most Voodoo magic was relatively neutral—it could be used for bad or good. Some magic, however, was evil in its intention through and through. This intention to do harm places this magic into the realm of the Black Arts. Having studied a variety of beliefs and techniques, Blackbeard knew more than just Voodoo, but he mainly practiced Voodoo.[6][7]

Notable Voodoo Weapons

Behind the scenes

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