A form of religious belief of African origin, involving sorcery and practiced in Jamaica, some other parts of the West Indies, and nearby tropical America.
An object, charm, or fetish used in the practice of this belief.
A form of religious practice involving magic or witchcraft, that originated in W Africa and is now found in parts of the West Indies, South America, and the S U.S.
Origin of obeah
- West Indian English of West African origin Efik ubio anything noxious, something put in the ground to cause sickness or death, bad omen
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Origin uncertain. Apparently from a Caribbean creole, probably ultimately from a West African language. The OED points to Igbo abiÃ (“knowledge, wisdom"), obÃ¬a (“doctor, healer").