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Eight Haitian “voodoo” devotees found guilty in February 1864 of the murder and cannibalism of a 12-year-old child. This case, with its sensational details and highly public execution, is largely responsible for the widespread infamy of voodoo today. In reality is, unsurprisingly, very different. Voodoo is a legitimate religion practiced widely in Haiti and parts of the Caribbean and US.

Eight Haitian “voodoo” devotees found guilty in February 1864 of the murder and cannibalism of a 12-year-old child. This case, with its sensational details and highly public execution, is largely responsible for the widespread infamy of voodoo today. In reality is, unsurprisingly, very different. Voodoo is a legitimate religion practiced widely in Haiti and parts of the Caribbean and US.

(Source: blogs.smithsonianmag.com)

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