Fon vs Voodoo - What's the difference?

fon | voodoo |

As a noun voodoo is

a religion of the ewe/fon of west africa, practiced chiefly in benin.

As a verb voodoo is

to bewitch someone or something using.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) fon, fonne, of (etyl) origin, related to (etyl) . More at (m).


(en noun)
  • (rfv-sense) (obsolete) A fool or idiot.
  • * 1579 , Edmund Spender, The Shepheardes Calender: Februarie :
  • Thou art a fon , of thy loue to boste,
    All that is lent to loue, wyll be lost.


  • (rfv-sense) (obsolete) Foolish; simple; silly.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) fonnen, from fon, .


  • (rfv-sense) (obsolete) To be foolish or simple; act like a fool; dote.
  • Etymology 3


    (en noun)
  • A chieftain or king of a region of Cameroon.
  • * 2008 , Milton Krieger, Cameroon's Social Democratic Front (ISBN 9956558168), page 71:
  • Province-wide, the latter part of the 1990s witnessed considerable efforts by the regime to organize and activate a bloc of such financially dependent fons in the North West Elite Association (NWELA),
  • * 2010 , Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Cameroon (ISBN 0810873990), page 53:
  • In the early 1900s, the Bafut fought several wars with the German colonizers and their allies, ending in 1907 with the exile of the fon of that time.
  • * 2011 , Society and Change in Bali Nyonga: Critical Perspectives (ISBN 9956579394), page 152:
  • Biya's volte-face became apparent in July 1990 when he, as president of the ruling Cameroon People's Democratic Movement (CPDM) appointed Ganyonga and the fons of Mankon and and Bafut into key positions of the party



    (wikipedia voodoo)


  • A religion of the Ewe/Fon of West Africa, practiced chiefly in Benin.
  • Any of a group of related religious practices found chiefly in and around the Caribbean, particularly in Haiti and Louisiana.
  • (pejorative) Any sort of magical or irrational approach to a problem.
  • I want a real explanation, not this statistical voodoo .
  • (dated) One who practices voodoo; a native sorcerer.
  • * 1889 , Longman's Magazine (volume 14, page 557)
  • So a reporter of the Boston Herald (U.S.) has 'interviewed' a few local Voodoos . He has seen a dance round a boiling pot, seen some tomfoolery with spiders, and heard a lot of superstitious nonsense.

    Alternative forms

    * (religion of Africa or the Americas) vodoun, voudoun, vodun, voudou, Voodoo


    * (religion) voodooism

    Derived terms

    * voodoo death * voodoo doll * voodoo economics * voodooism * voodooist * voodoo programming * voodoo science


    (en verb)
  • To bewitch someone or something using
  • He claimed his neighbor had voodooed him.

    See also

    * hoodoo * (Haitian Vodou) * (West African Vodun) ----