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UNDERSTANDING VOODOO (Voudou)

Updated: Mar 3, 2021

HAITIAN VOODOO IS BORN

Vexes, voodoo dolls and zombies come to mind when we hear the word voodoo. Mainstream media and pop culture introduced us to these symbols but there's much more to this historic Haitian religion than you may know. Voodoo is a syncretic religion meaning it's derived from different religions. It's categorized as an Afro-Carribbean religion and derived from African tribal religions mixed with the French held religious beliefs of Catholicism and Protestant. The french ruled Haiti during this time and brought over slaves from Africa in the early 1700's. These slaves were forced to denounce their religion and take up the teachings of Catholicism. The slaves quickly learned to secretly preserve their own religion during their captivity by incorporating their own beliefs within the Catholic religion. This created a new religion (voodoo) that enabled slaves to hold onto their religion in their own way. Voodoo sustained them during a very suppressed and torturous time in their lives.

LIBERATION

Fast forward to the 1790s. These years represented a time of liberation from slavery. A series of brutal voodoo inspired revolts were launched by the slaves and resulted in the expulsion of the French from Haiti. This led to religious freedom for the new inhabitants and they were now able to openly practice this new form of religion. The French that left Haiti sailed to America and settled in New Orleans with their english speaking slaves. This would begin the intro