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Jamaica: The history of obeah (Voodoo)

A recent announcement by Justice Minister Delory Chuck that the nation’s legislators are mulling over repealing the Obeah Act has drawn mixed reactions from the public. The practice has long been feared and misunderstood by many Jamaicans who view it as an evil. Loop News will attempt to delve into the history of obeah to get more clarity on a practice that is African in origin, was retained by slaves and made illegal by colonialists over 100 years ago.

Obeah is not an organised practice and is more done on an individual basis. It is said to have originated in West Africa and is basically a belief that one can connect with their ancestors and communicate with their spirits.

It is said to have been brought to the Caribbean by slaves who originated from West Africa.

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