Many myths and misconceptions have arisen surrounding Voodoo. This is due
to a misunderstanding as well as purposeful conjurings of Hollywood and writers,
before Hollywood was around.
Voodoo dolls are universally associated with Voodoo. Most know the concept of
the voodoo doll-- a doll is made as a likeness of the intended victim and is then
stuck with pics and needles to inflict pain upon the victim. It is surprising then
to learn that Voodoo dolls are unheard of in the original Voodoo in Haiti, although
some are used in New Orleans voodoo, mostly to amuse tourists.
The real origin of the "Voodoo doll" is the "poppet," used in European witchcraft.
Apparently, the term Voodoo doll was invented by an American writer who made up
a story about Voodoo after hearing that it was witchcraft. The only "dolls" used in
Voodoo are ones used on Voodoo altars, which are supposed to represent loas.