There has been a recrudescence of the slamming of Vaudou, particularly after Aristide had recognized this religion as one of the official religions of Haiti.
All I am saying is, one has to be careful not to put grist in the mill of the critics of the religion, most of it is unwarranted.
First, most Haitians associate the loup-garou legend with Vaudou (legend that's all it is), but it should not have been, considering it's a French legend (totally).
Apharion, I don't know if you are of Haitian descent, but I for one have heard these loup-garous stories growing up, and the people who would tell you these stories, would relate them as facts.
Lo and behold, the stories on this web page are from descendants of Frenchmen in the state of Indiana.
For people who grew up in Haiti, these stories would seem eerely familiar: http://rking.vinu.edu/loup.htm
And refering to "black" (for lack of an other name) magic practices in Haiti, most of it can be traced to the French.
The French have written "terrible" books:
VERITABLES CLAVICULES OF SALOMON,
LE FAMEUX SECRET DU PAPILLON VERT,
LE LIVRE SECRET DES GRANDS EXORCISMES DE L'ABBE JULIO,
LE RECEUIL D'AGRIPPA,
LE DRAGON ROUGE,
LE DRAGON NOIR,
LA GRANDE GRIMOIRE.
Les Dragons Rouge et Noir are how to books to invoke the dead, and also human sacrifices.
LA GRANDE GRIMOIRE is a book of recipes of one thousand and one ways, how to administer poisons.
In "La France exporte aussi ses ténèbres" this S.YANN quoting ALFRED METRAUX, who has written the definitive book in Haitian Voodoo:"Voodoo in Haiti"(1958) : "Un très grand nombre de croyances et de pratiques soi-disant africaines, ONT UNE ORIGINE PICARDE, NORMANDE OU LIMOUSINE. Ce prestige de la magie française subsiste intact en Haiti. A ceux qui en doutent, rappelons la vogue dont jouissent dans les milieux populaires, sinon la petite bourgeoisie LE GRAND ET LE PETIT ALBERT ainsi que LA POULE NOIRE. C'est de ces livres importés de France que les hougans tirent une grande partie de leur savoir magique"
By the way, ALFRED METRAUX (1902-1963) is not Haitian, he is a French Swiss who studied the religions of the Americas from Mexico to the Pampas of Argentina!