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Practicing Voodoo in New Orleans

Perhaps surprisingly, a majority of the practitioners of Voodoo are women, and many are Catholic. Indeed, the similarities between Voodoo and Catholicism are significant, according to Martha Ward, professor of anthropology at the University of New Orleans. For example, both Catholic saints and Voodoo spirits act as intermediaries between people and God, and both offer help through the problems and uncertainties of life. In a video interview, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly correspondent Lucky Severson talks with several women prominent in the New Orleans Voodoo. View the video and read the transcript here.

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