Voodoo, also known as voodoo or vodun, is a religious and spiritual practice that originated in West Africa and has spread to various parts of the world, particularly Haiti and parts of the Caribbean. It is a hybrid religion that combines elements of African animism, indigenous beliefs, and Roman Catholicism. Contrary to popular misconception, voodoo is not associated with harmful or malicious acts. It focuses primarily on healing, protection, and seeking guidance from the spirit. Voodoo is closely tied to community and cultural identity.