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December 8, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(23):1485-1486. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460490043010

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In Mississippi it is said a society has recently been organized, the object of which is the suppression of voodooism and voodoo doctors. Voodooism is a sort of African "Christian Science," modified by the special theologic predilections of the race. With the savage African who originated the voodoo cult followed by some of his descendants in this country, the supernatural powers are not beneficent, and, together with those that have most influence with them, are to be placated if possible, hence the voodoo superstition. It is the belief of the negro that disease can be caused by the prayer and incantations of the voodoo doctors, who, like the C. S. D.'s, thrive on the faith of their fellows. There is no excessive difference between the two; it is only in the point of view; the practice is not specially different. The Mississippi voodoo is not, so far as known, charged

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