Haitian voodoo spells
Haiti has had an interesting relationship with voodoo for the past decades and centuries. Voodoo history in Haiti, especially its origins, is filled with mystery and myth; it's hard to tell what historical fact is and historical fiction is as far as its genesis is concerned. Slaves brought over from Africa in the 1700s introduced voodoo and it would soon morph into its own Haitian variant.
Also, here's the main thing you have to remember when it comes to Voodoo in Haiti; something that's superstition for some is a religion to others. This religion in the region of Haiti has some fascinating stories to tell and history to unfold, like the fact that it was born out of the fusion of West African slave practices and Roman Catholic Christianity, thus it's a merging of Christian iconography with African mysticism and spirits.
The History of Voodoo
Back in 1791, a Vodou (voodoo's original name) priest by the name of Boukman engaged in the most historically important ceremony on Haiti named Bwa Kayiman. During this notable event, a black pig was offered to Ezili Dantor, a spirit. Everyone present (the African slaves, to be more specific) also pledged to fight for their freedom.
The Haitian people were liberated because of the Voodoo in Haiti ceremony that led to a revolution against their French masters. This happened 13 years later, in 1804. Essentially, Bwa Kayiman planted the seeds of longing for freedom, liberation, and independence. The African slaves, bolstered by their belief, soon got what they were looking for.
During Emperor Soulouque's rule, around 1815 to 1850, there was a resurgence of acceptance of voodoo, so much so that people who practiced it got to do so in a more public manner, which is in stark contrast just a century or more ago, when it had to be hidden under the guise of Roman Catholicism in order to be accepted.
However, in 1860 to 1945, various Catholic suppression attempts culminated to an all-out war against Voodoo in Haiti. The war failed and the religion started to increase in influence while Catholicism itself decreased in popularity because of their attempts to suppress the supposed pagan religion of voodoo.
In the 1960s and 1970s the United States was able to "import" Haitian-brand voodoo to a significant degree; for once, it's not limited to blacks in the bayou any longer. Waves upon waves of immigrants fled to the nation in order to escape the wrath of Haiti's Duvalier regime, and thusly they took their voodoo with them for good measure.
Duvalier himself was an avid voodoo practitioner who recruited specialists in the voodoo arts in order to go about controlling the Haitian people. This proved to be a mistake because the religion is a family-based cult (with Roman Catholic roots).
Thusly, it's a more wholesome religion than the other version of voodoo that involves zombies, voodoo dolls, and mystical manipulation. In the political arena, this Catholic-based religion didn't have much impact at all; it spurred a revolution, but political manipulation it cannot help with at all.
Voodoo Practice During The Present Time
On 2003, Haiti recognized voodoo as the island's official religion, after centuries of being part of the underground pagan worship scene. Back in 2010, the Haiti earthquake happened, which meant there are naturally voodoo ceremonies held there all the way back to the religion's origins in West Africa (the vodou version of it) in order to appease restless spirits.
When cholera spread across the land, voodoo priests were lynched by mobs who accused them of being responsible for the contagion. At present, the majority of people don't believe in voodoo spells, especially those who come from the city or belong to urbanized areas.
However, at the same time, voodoo remains alive and well. It's being practiced by many Africans in particular, since they were the originators of the religion. It's not the fastest growing religion in the world, but it's among the more stable niches around that attract a wide variety of followers every year.
It has also attracted quite a lot of followers the same way Wiccans did; the appeal of the supernatural and the occult is too much to pass up. Many people find the concept of the religion appealing, while others are fascinated by the unfamiliar minority religion that's quite different from more traditional ones like Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. It has the element of the unknown and the spiritual going for it, plus it also has years and years of tradition and wonder backing it up.