The term Voodoo doll is a Western term for a poppet or effigy used for sympathetic magic, usually implying that the magick is negative and harmful.
The term “Voodoo doll” implies that the use of the doll in magick is specific to Voodoo and the depiction of the use of the doll in popular media implies that the doll is primarily used to harm others but this is not the case. While a Voodoo adherent may employ sympathetic practices using poppets for a variety of purposes, it is not a defining feature of Voodoo. The use of humanoid figures in sympathetic magick is well-established in many traditions from all over the globe for a variety of intentions, including harmful ones, but also other purposes, including healing and protection.
Also known as Doll Babies.
Doll Babies, Voodoo Dolls and Poppets at readersandrootworkers.org