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What role does possession play in Voodoo beliefs?
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  1. Possession is a very important belief in Voodoo, especially in Haiti. The possessed person frequently is called a horse that is being ridden by a possessing spirit. Possessed people often speak in unfamiliar tongues, move about in unnatural ways or make direct statements to followers on behalf of a spirit. Possession is one of the primary ways that Voodoo followers communicate with the hundreds of spirits they believe in. Possession is also one of the beliefs that have led many Westerners to think of Voodoo as evil and to associate it with zombies and devil worship.

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