Voodoo is described as not actually having fixed teachings or spells, being a culture that draws in other cultures, borrowing gods and ceremonies from other mythologies and religions, and adding to them while making them its own to continually expand. Isabella Theism, a necromancer who uses a mix of Voodoo and Christianity, has highlighted the affinity and called Voodoo a greedy religion that takes in every last miracle it comes across.
There are a number of concepts which are associated with Voodoo, some originating from cultures where Voodoo is also present, but are technically the result of misconceptions or falsities. Despite this, these concepts and their associations can be put into practice regardless.
There are a number of spirits or deities within Voodoo, referred to as the Loa (also spelled lwa), or Mystère (ミステール?). One of these figures, Legba Atibon, serves as intermediary between his kind and humanity, and thus indirectly appears in all Voodoo ceremonies. Another notable figure is Baron Samedi, who dwells at the crossroads between life and death. In the process of incorporating ideas from elsewhere, Voodoo has also taken in a number of deity figures from other religions, even including Yahweh.
Voodoo is known for having many curses. One type commonly associated with it is a voodoo doll, a straw effigy representing a person (often with a piece of them attached) which is used to manipulate or harm them, though this is actually just one derivation of an idea which has spread into various other cultures besides Voodoo. The Ceremony of Ba Moun is considered the worst and most wicked spell in Voodoo and its most horrific curse, where a magician makes a contract with a demon which will grant them their every wish in exchange for the magician annually sacrificing someone they care for, being devoured by the demon if they fail to carry out the sacrifice.
As well as curses, Voodoo has a variety of drugs and concoctions, from wound-healing paste mixed from different vegetables and meat, to a deadly poison created from a single lime growing on a tree. One of the most notable is zombie powder (ゾンビパウダー?), which is used in the creation of zombies - one of the most well-known specialities associated with Voodoo. Rather than making corpses rise from the dead,[Non-Agnese SS ref] as is often thought of with zombies,[Non-Agnese SS ref] chemicals are used to intentionally harm the body and remove the Ti Bon Ange from the five components of the soul, putting a person into a state of pseudo-death, robbing them of their mind and remaking them into a living unit which can be controlled. In the past, zombification was apparently used as an extreme form of punishment.
Voodoo has its roots in traditions and religions from West Africa. These beliefs were brought over to the New World with the slave trade, where they became syncretized with the culture of the slave owners together with a little Native American influence, eventually producing several varieties of the religion which came to be known as Voodoo. One notable variety developed in Haiti.
Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Agnese's Magic Side Work ExperienceEdit
Necromancer Isabella Theism uses aspects of Haitian Voodoo in some of her spells and utilized them during her mock battle with Stiyl Magnus in Barcelona, as part of Agnese Sanctis, Lucia and Angelene's training. Concepts associated with voodoo were also referenced during the nuns' investigation of the forensic cleaning at Nihili Padpois's restaurant, given the owner's past in Haiti.
The incident which the nuns later investigated in Frankfurt was the result of a magician trying to escape from the curse of the Ceremony of Ba Moun. The magician in question, Frau Halveria, also made use of other spells involving Voodoo.
Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no IndexEdit
St. Germain ArcEdit
- Main article: St. Germain Arc
A member of the true Gremlin, Zombie, had a background rooted in Voodoo as well as actively drawing in a great number of cultures, giving her an affinity for almost anything which allowed her to devise a spell which would allow the Magic Gods to safely enter the world after their Hidden World was breached.
Kamisato Rescue ArcEdit
- Main article: Kamisato Rescue Arc
Uses of Voodoo and associated concepts in the storyEdit
|Name||Description||Usage in Toaru Majutsu no Index|
|Baron Samedi||The head of Ghede loa, associated with the dead. Dressed in a top hat and black tail coat, he is often depicted with the appearance of a skeleton. Found at the crossroads between life and death, he digs the graves of the deceased, greets their souls and leads them to the underworld.||Frau Halveria invoked Baron Samedi's name when casting a barrier spell.|
|Brave Ghede||The guardian and watchman of graveyard, who keeps dead souls in and living souls out.||Frau Halveria invoked Brave Ghede's name in an incantation when she was finished using a healing paste.|
|Legba Atibon||A loa who serves as the intermediary between the loa and humanity, standing at a spiritual crossroads, and a facilitator of communication, speech and understanding, believed to speak all human languages.||Luca follows Legba Atibon and makes use of his role as a deity who manages ceremonies (indirectly appearing in all Voodoo ceremonies through his role as intermediary), therefore not just existing on a specific ceremonial day but at all times, to achieve control of subjective time, allowing her to change the age of her external appearance and prepare magic normally once-in-a-decade in seconds.|
|Loko Atisou||A loa associated with healers and plants.||Frau Halveria invoked the name of Loko Atisou while applying a healing paste.|
|Sacrificial Rituals||There are some pacts associated with Voodoo which involve a person selling their soul to gain power and require them to regularly sacrifice others, otherwise they pay with their own life. These sacrifices can't just be anyone and have to be people whom it pains them to sacrifice, such as family members or lovers.||
|Ti Bon Ange||A dualistic aspect of the soul in Haitian Voodoo traditions, which is responsible for an individual's identity and personal characteristics, while the Gros Bon Ange is responsible for biological functions.|
|Voodoo Dolls||Effigies which represent a person, sometimes with a piece of them attached, and used to manipulate or bring harm upon them.||The Lotus Wand's method of causing attacks based on effects occurring to the wand is noted to be similar to the ones used on voodoo dolls.|
|Zombie||Originating from Haitian culture and associated with Voodoo, a person placed into a death-like trance through magic and substances (including one known as zombie powder) to serve as a slave, though they are commonly thought of as a dead person reanimated as an undead.|
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Agnese's Magic Side Work Experience Chapter 3 Part 6
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 12 Prologue
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Agnese's Magic Side Work Experience Chapter 3 Part 7
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 12 Epilogue
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 15 Chapter 3 Part 3
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 17 Chapter 2 Part 6
- ↑ 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Agnese's Magic Side Work Experience Chapter 3 Part 8
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Agnese's Magic Side Work Experience Chapter 1 Part 7
- ↑ Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 18 Chapter 3 Part 13
- ↑ Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 17 Chapter 2 Part 15
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Agnese's Magic Side Work Experience Chapter 1 Part 1
- ↑ Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Agnese's Magic Side Work Experience Chapter 1 Part 3
- ↑ Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Agnese's Magic Side Work Experience Chapter 1 Part 6
- ↑ Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Agnese's Magic Side Work Experience Chapter 1 Part 8
- ↑ Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 07 Chapter 4 Part 4