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Close-Up: Voodoo in Florida's Little Haiti


This BBC News series focuses on aspects of life in countries and cities around the world. What may seem ordinary and familiar to the people who live there can be surprising to those who do not.

Voodoo is a word that can conjure up all sorts of images in people's minds.

If Hollywood had its way then we would think of spirits rising from the dead, pins in dolls and perhaps even zombies wondering through graveyards.

But to those more familiar with its real roots, Voodoo is a religion that predates Christianity and for millions is an important part of everyday life.

Our Miami correspondent Andy Gallacher takes a look at its role among the large Haitian community of Florida.


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