Voodoo vs Houngan - What's the difference?

voodoo | houngan |

As nouns the difference between voodoo and houngan

is that voodoo is voodoo while houngan is a male voodoo priest in haiti.



(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) ----




    (en noun) (wikipedia houngan)
  • A male voodoo priest in Haiti.
  • *{{quote-news, year=2008, date=April 5, author=Marc Lacey, title=A U.S.-Trained Entrepreneur Becomes Voodoo’s Pope, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=Most voodoo priests, known as houngans , operate semi-independently, catering to their followers without much structure. }}

    See also

    * mambo (the female equivalent)