Obeah is used in the West Indies to refer to
folk magic, sorcery, and religious practices derived from Central
African and West African origins. Obeah can either be a form of 'dark'
magic or 'good' magic. As such, Obeah is similar to
Palo, Voodoo, Santeria, rootwork, and hoodoo.
Obeah is associated with both benign and
malign magic, charms, luck, and with mysticism in general. In some
Caribbean nations Obeah refers to African diasporic folk religions in
other areas, Christians may include elements of Obeah in their
religion—Obeah is associated with the Spiritual Baptist church—and the
word Obeah, although not the practice of Obeah.
Obeah bears some similarity to Voodoo
which is found in former French colonies and Santeria which is found in
former Spanish and Dutch colonies. All of these practices have a blend
of African and European myths and beliefs regarding spiritual and
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