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"Georges Bataille used photographs of Voodoo rituals made by Pierre Verger, a friend to Métraux, for his books L'Érotisme (1957) and Les Larmes d'Éros (1961). In the texts accompanying these photographs, Bataille also stressed the Dionysian nature of the Voodoo cult: "What the Voodoo-sacrifier experienced was a kind of ecstasy. An ecstasy which was in a sense comparable to a drunkenness. An ecstasy which was caused by killing birds."--Surreal Documents[1]

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Voodoo (Vodou, Vodoun, Vudu, or Vudun in Benin, Togo, southeastern Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Senegal; also Vodou in Haiti) is a name attributed to a traditionally West African spiritual system of faith and ritual practices. The core functions of Voodoo are to explain the forces of the universe, influence those forces, and influence human behavior. Voodoo's oral tradition of faith stories carries genealogy, history and fables to succeeding generations. Adherents honor deities and venerate ancient and recent ancestors. This faith system is widespread across groups in West Africa. Diaspora spread Voodoo to North and South America, the Caribbean and the Philippines.

Voodoo may refer to:

See also: Afro-American religion for a list of related religions which are sometimes called or mistaken for Vodou/Voodoo.

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