The mythology, folklore, chants and remedies of voodoo are handed down from generation to generation. Both black magic (directed towards evil ends) and white magic (concerned with easing misfortune and pain) are widely practiced, and the tools of this magic are numerous roots, herbs, oils, charms, candles, incenses, powders, essences, and other symbols which are endowed with qualities, abilities, and supernatural attributes for believers in this complex religion.
Voodoo was brought from Africa to Haiti by the enslaved, and has proved to be a constant source of comfort and hope to them. Christianity has no magic words, no power to destroy one's enemies, no evil fetishes, no promises of protection, and no cures for illness or disease. Is it any wonder then at the vast popularity of Voodoo's magical power and the eternal quest for solutions to mysterious forces?