I learned something interesting recently. The people who say that "Voodoo" dolls do not have their roots in Africa are correct.
But you may be surprised as to where they DO have their origins.
Would you believe, PERU? Yup. The natives of Peru in ancient times had what most people today would recognize as so-called "Voodoo Dolls"--effigies of persons constructed of cloth and other materials that were poked with pins and things in an effort to "spiritually" inflict harm on the person the effigy represented.
This was on the Discovery Channel (Canada) about a month and a half ago.