An introduction to the history of vodou

Haitian Vodou

Haiti is not where the Vodoun religion was born, nor is it where it reached its highest pinnacle of philosophical, ritual and theological development, nor did they introduce the religion into America. Because the African Diaspora welded no significant economic, or political clout, and most of what remained of its priesthood duly maligned and discredited, it became nearly impossible to present the true spiritual reality of what Vodoun actually is, and its profound importance to the spiritual sustenance of the African Diaspora.

It is less clear how to describe Petro. Religious Organisation There is no central organisation in Vodou - no 'Vodou Pope', so to speak - but there is a definite religious hierarchy.

The Origins of Voodoo, the Misunderstood Religion

His wife Aida-wedo attends him. His or her tendency is to do good by helping and protecting others from spells, however they sometimes use their supernatural power to hurt or kill people. The general fear of Vodou in the US can be traced back to the end of the Haitian Revolution Kalfu crossroads is the Petro counterpart to Legba.

Enslaved Africans spent their Sunday and holiday nights expressing themselves. Most Vodouisants are non-initiates 'bosal'but most of those who have taken initiation remain at the first level, with no ritual or community responsibilities beyond serving the loa in their private lives.

This episode in the history of the Early Church shows how easily a religion, especially a relatively secretive one, can be misunderstood and misrepresented. These are usually held outside, under a rough roof and around the "poto mitan," the center pole.

The source of peace and tranquillity. These societies also provided the poor with protection and solidarity against the exercising of power by the elite. Followers of voudon also believe in a universal energy and a soul that can leave the body during dreams and spirit possession.

Very erotic and comic. The sovereign of the seas. An hereditary Mamaissii priestessshe lives and works in America. Individuals might sing and dance, light candles, make offerings, or simply pray quietly. How they are named and served is unique to each culture.

A law, for instance, prohibited the practice of African religions, and required all masters to Christianize their slaves within eight days of their arrival in Haiti. There were already powerful Vodoun priests and priestesses, and numerous Vodoun temples present in Louisiana and throughout the United States, many never having even encountered a Haitian.

The enormous suffering in many families is due to their confusion, fear and ignorance based upon the monopoly that Christianity has claimed on their souls. Even where Christianity has been imposed on top of vodun cultureit has survived. This blend came about as a result of their long history from ancient Ketu, to their continual political and economic struggles through warfare after the establishment of the Dahomean and the Oyo empires.

Healers heal with herbs, faith healing with the help of lwa and other spirits and, today, even with western medicine!. Vodou has remained an integral part of Haiti's troubled history and culture; it was in danger of being stamped out after the fall of the repressive Duvalier regime, but was rescued and is.

Vodou emerges as an organized and systematic religion fully endowed with the richness, complexity, and depth expressed by other religions. This class provides an introduction to this central Haitian religion and culture.

A Brief Introduction to the Religion of Vodou (Voodoo)

Creole Religions of the Caribbean: An Introduction from Vodou and Santeria to Obeah and Espiritismo / Edition 1 Creolization—the coming together of diverse beliefs and practices to form new beliefs and practices-is one of the most significant phenomena in Caribbean religious history.3/5(1).

Voodoo was suppressed and its followers persecuted 1 by Christian powermongers, and it was forced underground, with many believers merely pretending to be Christian, and practicing Voodoo in secret 1, 4, 5.

As a result of this, Voodoo priests were well-placed to orchestrate and inspire slave revolts. T he Vodoun (" Vudu" "Voodoo" "Vodou" "Vodun" "Vaudou" "Vaudaux") religion at its cosmological, theological, ritual and philosophical core, is an African ancestral religion, practiced today largely in West Africa, Haiti and througout the Diaspora.

Vodou ceremonies and rituals also incorporated some Catholic elements such as the adoption of the Catholic calendar, the use of holy water in purification rituals, singing hymns, and the introduction of Latin loanwords into Vodou lexicon.

An introduction to the history of vodou
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BRIEF HISTORY OF VOODOO (VODOUN/VODOU) FROM A DIASPORA PERSPECTIVE