God In The Haitian Voodoo Religion

Author: Jean Joseph Jean
Editor: Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.
ISBN: 9780805964127
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The Faces Of The Gods

Author: Leslie Gérald Desmangles
Editor: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 0807843938
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Vodou, the folk religion of Haiti, is a by-product of the contact between Roman Catholicism and African and Amerindian traditional religions. In this book, Leslie Desmangles analyzes the mythology and rituals of Vodou, focusing particularly on the inclusion of West African and European elements in Vodouisants' beliefs and practices. Desmangles sees Vodou not simply as a grafting of European religious traditions onto African stock, but as a true creole phenomenon, born out of the oppressive conditions of slavery and the necessary adaptation of slaves to a New World environment. Desmangles uses Haitian history to explain this phenomenon, paying particular attention to the role of the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century maroon communities in preserving African traditions and the attempts by the Catholic, educated elite to suppress African-based "superstitions." The result is a society in which one religion, Catholicism, is visible and official; the other, Vodou, is unofficial and largely secretive.

The Invisibles

Author: Francis Huxley
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From the Dust Jacket: The Invisibles are the gods of voodoo, some of them spirits and some of them dead ancestors elevated to the ranks of divinity. Born of the African religions, voodoo was originally brought to Haiti by the slaves and today permeates nearly all of Haitian society: the supernatural is invoked to teach young children to behave, to cure illness and to curse enemies; politicians take madwomen to bed to ensure success in elections. After many months of direct observation, Francis Huxley recounts with warmth and personal feeling how he befriended a Haitian voodoo priestess, took part in voodoo ceremonies, and received instruction in black magic from practicing priests. The Invisibles brings forth dark gods from the hotbed of superstition, magic, curse and counter-curse that is Haiti today-gods that stand revealed before the latest member of a brilliant dynasty of scholars and writers.

Voodoo In Haiti

Author: Andre J. Louis
Editor: Tate Publishing
ISBN: 1602471436
Size: 20,22 MB
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The Republic of Haiti is a fascinating country of contrast where are joined together tradition and illiteracy, high religion and folk religion, light and darkness. It is a country ravaged by poverty and afflicted by a considerable social backwardness where people live in a constant fear of a heavy and gloomy threat which impregnates every fiber of the society in which they live: that of Voodoo. Through this captivating work, Dr. Andre J. Louis translates us into a world that most ordinary people would never even imagine the existence of such occultism where superstition, sorcery, magic, spiritism, divination, and animism combine all their strength in order to set up the background of the daily life of each Haitian, which, unfortunately, overwhelms him with a heavy weight of fear, economic bondage and uncertainty regarding his future."

Formed From This Soil

Author: Thomas S. Bremer
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118323548
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Formed from This Soil offers a complete history of religion in America that centers on the diversity of sacred traditions and practices that have existed in the country from its earliest days. Organized chronologically starting with the earliest Europeans searching for new routes to Asia, through to the global context of post-9/11 America of the 21st century Includes discussion of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, political affiliations, and other elements of individual and collective identity Incorporates recent scholarship for a nuanced history that goes beyond simple explanations of America as a Protestant society Discusses diverse beliefs and practices that originated in the Americas as well as those that came from Europe, Asia, and Africa Pedagogical features include numerous visual images; sidebars with specialized topics and interpretive themes; discussion questions for each chapter; a glossary of common terms; and lists of relevant resources to broaden student learning

Religion And Anthropology

Author: Brian Morris
Editor: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521852418
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This important textbook provides a critical introduction to the social anthropology of religion, focusing on more recent classical ethnographies. Comprehensive, free of scholastic jargon, engaging, and comparative in approach, it covers all the major religious traditions that have been studied concretely by anthropologists - Shamanism, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and its relation to African and Melanesian religions and contemporary Neopaganism. Eschewing a thematic approach and treating religion as a social institution and not simply as an ideology or symbolic system, the book follows the dual heritage of social anthropology in combining an interpretative understanding and sociological analysis. The book will appeal to all students of anthropology, whether established scholars or initiates to the discipline, as well as to students of the social sciences and religious studies, and for all those interested in comparative religion.

Haitian Vodou Flags

Author: Patrick Arthur Polk
Editor: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9781578060245
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Once little known outside of Haiti, Vodou flags (drapo Vodou), dazzling in color and imagery, have become popular commodities in the international art market. Works by such notable Haitian artists as Silva Joseph, Antoine Oleyant, and Yves Telemak now grace the walls of museums, art galleries, and private homes throughout the world. In showcasing Vodou flags and the artists who create them, this book also offers a striking revelation of the gods (lwa) that inhabit the Vodou spirit world. Inspired by myths, legends, and unique personal visions, the artists of Vodou flags interweave sacred, time-honored designs with contemporary images as they produce these captivating works. Their flags, incorporating ritual drawings, Masonic symbols, and pictures of mermaids and Catholic saints, offer viewers an encounter with the aesthetics, symbolism, and social implications of Vodou. This spiritual realm reflected in the flags is not the dark, frightening place of black magic and superstition so often stereotyped in popular culture. Instead, drapo exemplify the beauty, elegance, and enduring embrace of gods and ancestors in their present manifestations. The flags are artists' visual testimonials that the lwa are present and active in the lives of Vodou practitioners.


Author: Books Llc
Editor: Books LLC, Wiki Series
ISBN: 9781156902165
Size: 11,73 MB
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 30. Chapters: West African Vodun, Zombie, Loa, Guinee, Captain Debas, Boum'ba Maza, Haitian Vodou, RAM, Haitian vodou drumming, Maya Deren, Marie Laveau, LGBT topics and Voodoo, Richard Auguste Morse, Gris-gris, Boukman Eksperyans, Haitian mythology, Rasin, Christian-Voodoo relations, Bokor, Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti, Veve, Anaisa Pye, National Confederation of Haitian Vodou, Hounfour, Houngan, KOSANBA, Mambo, Belie Belcan, Michari, Ghede Doubye, Ghede Loraj. Excerpt: Haitian Vodou (pronounced or, French: also written as Vodun, or Vodoun, and frequently rendered in English as Voodoo) is a syncretic religion that originates in the Caribbean country of Haiti. It is based upon a merging of the beliefs and practices of West African peoples (mainly the Fon and Ewe; see West African Vodun), with Arawakian religious beliefs, and Roman Catholic Christianity. Vodou was created by African slaves who were brought to Haiti in the 16th century and still followed their traditional African beliefs, but were forced to convert to the religion of their slavers. Practitioners are commonly described as Vodouisants . The principal belief in Haitian Vodou is that deities called Lwa (or Loa) are subordinates to a god called Bondy . This supreme being does not intercede in human affairs, and it is to the Lwa that Vodou worship is directed. Other characteristics of Vodou include veneration of the dead and protection against evil witchcraft. Haitian Vodou shares many traits with other faiths of the African diaspora, including the Louisiana Voodoo of New Orleans, Santer a and Arar of Cuba, and Candombl and Umbanda of Brazil. A Haitian Vodou temple is called an Hounfour. Vodou paraphernalia, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.In Haitian Vodou S vis Lwa in Creole ("Service to the Lwa"), there are strong elements from the Bakongo of Central Africa an...

The Columbia Documentary History Of Religion In America Since 1945

Author: Paul Harvey
Editor: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231510365
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Of late, religion seems to be everywhere, suffusing U.S. politics and popular culture and acting as both a unifying and a divisive force. This collection of manifestos, Supreme Court decisions, congressional testimonies, speeches, articles, book excerpts, pastoral letters, interviews, song lyrics, memoirs, and poems reflects the vitality, diversity, and changing nature of religious belief and practice in American public and private life over the last half century. Encompassing a range of perspectives, this book illustrates the ways in which individuals from all along the religious and political spectrum have engaged religion and viewed it as a crucial aspect of society. The anthology begins with documents that reflect the close relationship of religion, especially mainline Protestantism, to essential ideas undergirding Cold War America. Covering both the center and the margins of American religious life, this volume devotes extended attention to how issues of politics, race, gender, and sexuality have influenced the religious mainstream. A series of documents reflects the role of religion and theology in the civil rights, feminist, and gay rights movements as well as in conservative responses. Issues regarding religion and contemporary American culture are explored in documents about the rise of the evangelical movement and the religious right; the impact of "new" (post-1965) immigrant communities on the religious landscape; the popularity of alternative, New Age, and non-Western beliefs; and the relationship between religion and popular culture. The editors conclude with selections exploring major themes of American religious life at the millennium, including both conservative and New Age millennialism, as well as excerpts that speculate on the future of religion in the United States. The documents are grouped by theme into nine chapters and arranged chronologically therein. Each chapter features an extensive introduction providing context for and analysis of the critical issues raised by the primary sources.

Fragments Of Bone

Author: Patrick Bellegarde-Smith
Editor: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252072057
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Vodou, Santeria, Candomble and other religious practices in the African diaspora