List of Common Items Used in Voodoo Practices

Every religion has tools used in carrying out their practices. In voodoo, there are many items that are being used and some might seem weird to an unbeliever. In this blog, we have mentioned some of the commonly used items by voodoo worshippers.


The rattle or ascon is used as a sign of authority over the spiritual realm.  It is often made from a gourd surrounded by loose web of beads, snake vertebrae and a small bell. This instrument is used to compel spirits into working with a person. It has other uses too. To the Hougan and Mambo, the rattle is symbol of authority and not everyone can use it.

The Ritual knife

This is used by the voodoo priest for nonviolent purposes during rituals. He can use it to draw the magic circle or cut wood into different pieces. For sacrifices, the priest or priestess will use a dagger or athame with a black handle, to kill the sacrifice. The dagger is often concentrated before use and must be stored properly when not in use.

Voodoo Ritual Powder:

In voodoo ceremonies,  worshippers often decorate their body with different substances, ranging from nzu, powder, tiro , oil, lalle, etc. The voodoo ritual powder are used in spells to cure ailments and in traditional rituals.

Voodoo Dolls

The most powerful and effective voodoo dolls are those that are manufactured by the voodooist. They are made with things that conserve the vibrations of the person represented such as personal items and clothing that will serve to cover the doll. The interior can be made of wax, butter, paper, bread dough, balsamic herbs, and in it you can stick pieces of nail, hair, skin ..etc.. These dolls can be used in healing or casting negative spells on an individual.


Just like in black magic, voodooist use different mirrors for divination, to cast spells and return negative energies. For an appropriate voodoo revenge spell, a mirror helps you to see the individual before striking.

The Clothing:

The first function of clothing in Voodoo is to protect the priest or priestess from foreign influences from the spirit world. It has the peculiarity of protecting the spiritual body as well as the physical body.

Silk materials are suitable in making ritual garments because of its insulating properties. Also, everyone is free to design their cloth to their taste. A common color used by voodoo worshippers is white but any other color can be used depending on the ritual being performed.

Head Cover:

A head cover which could be a hat, headband, a scarf or veil is worn to protect the priest or priestess from external thoughts as this increases his concentration on the ritual being performed. It also acts as a means of protection against uninvited spirits possession of the initiate.

The Trident:

It is an important symbol in the celebration of spirits. It is used mainly when in contact with demons.  The three teeth of this tool evoke an equal power in the three planes: spiritual, energetic and material. This tool has great magical abilities.

The Belt:

Made by the priest himself, it can be decorated with magical symbols or astrological signs. As part of the rules in voodoo the belt must be the same color as the garment. It can also be made of silk or leather, but note that leather can repel some spirits.

The Voodoo Staff:

It is one of the most important symbols of Voodoo. Its shape, its material and its accessories, depend on the requirements of each priest or priestess. It allows you to transfer energies from one place to another and can be used to trap spirits.

It is often made of bamboo and designed with different materials such as skull, stones, feathers, cowries, ragged materials, etc. Before use, the staff must be buried in the soil for one night to obtain the blessings of the earth.


If you want to do evil on anyone, create a doll to represent the person then stick needles in the points where you want the victim to feel pain. Another method that causes a lot of discomfort is rolling a black thread around the voodoo doll.

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