Authentic Voodoo Dolls
For that Special Person.
The term “Voodoo Doll” actually refers to a magick charm created to represent a person. The dolls are more accurately called “Wangas” and traditionally used on altars in authentic Vodou spirituality to help practitioners connect with their Lwas (spirits). But, they are more often used in rituals associated with particular offshoots of American Voodoo, such as the Hoodoo religion, practiced in southern Louisiana and some parts of the Caribbean.
Certain steps, like anointing the doll with a particular oil charged for a specific purpose, are performed to “dress” or “prepare” the doll. In addition to oils, personal items like jewelry, pictures, and hair are used to help associate the doll with an actual person. Many people will also write the person’s name or a specific wish on a piece of parchment paper. These kinds of items are then pinned to the doll, which is the most common use of stick pins (contrary to many Hollywood horror movies about Voodoo where the person’s limb or body part experiences physical pain when applied). The doll should be held in an isolated environment, like a closet or under a bed, until the desired affect is achieved. Once complete, the doll may be discarded – often burned or buried.