Voodoo Dolls

From Louisiana

Voodoo dolls originally came from Louisiana.

Voodoo, also known as New Orleans Voodoo. Voodoo is a cluster of black magic folkways that came from the African diaspora traditions. These folk expressions of Afro-American religious customs were developed by enslaved Spanish, Creole, French and West Africans who lived in Louisiana. 


Recorded use of Voodoo doll use started in the mid-16th century following the arrival of African slaves in Haiti. Afro-American religious traditions merged with the Catholicism there and over time, this living voodoo folk art form included Catholic personalities and purposes as well as other religious influences (Hinduism, etc.). For example, some Catholic saints, such as St. Peter, are included in the voodoo. For Haitians St. Peter was also known as Papa Legba, the gatekeeper of the spirit world.

The handmade dolls were used to cure illness and disease.  It was believed that they were capable of making contact with elements of the spirit world and could bring forth healing, assistance for the needy, and, in some cases retribution. 

Louisiana Voodoo Doll Examples:

Dream Changer: Often placed near the bed, this doll aides with sleep and transforms bad dreams into beautiful ones.

Fear Remover:  This doll, often brightly colored, builds confidence.

Prankster: A string doll can be a harmless trickster that pulls funny pranks on others.

Romantic Love: A doll that resembles the one you’d like as a soulmate could help bring him/her to you.

Traffic Helper: This doll hangs from the rear view mirror and can help turn lights from red to green when you are in a hurry.