Catholics followers believe in the almighty God who is the originator of their lives.
Voodoo followers believe in a creator god, Bondye, who is the originator of their lives
Catholic have various saints with specific roles and duties where followers warship them through adoration and reverence of sacred objects
The Voodoo Religion has various Lwa who are also referred to as Mystères who are intermediaries between God "Bondye" and human
Catholic followers belief that a Eucharist is transformed into the actual body and blood of Christ during Mass
Voodoo followers believe that spirits are transformed into living beings after occupying a person
To hide Voodoo practice from their European slave masters, the enslaved African people in Haiti syncretized the Loa with the Roman Catholic saints by frequently having images of Catholic figures displayed
Gede is celebrated in Haiti on the occasion of the Day of the Dead, November 2. It is said that the "Gede" or Baron Samdi is the guardian of the cemetery, he is a master, one of the great minds in Haitian voodoo. Baron Samdi represents both Life and Death. Its colors are white, black and purple
All Saints Day, November 2nd, is known as the Day of the Dead in Haiti. Voodoo believers spend the month of November paying homage to Baron Samdi, god of the dead.
Voodooists visit cemeteries to pray to Samdi and spirits of their dead relatives. They adorn graves with fresh flowers and light candles, and then feast on the food and drink they have brought with them, dancing until dawn at Voodoo temples.
The idea of human sacrifice is a myth and goes against the moral code in place in Voodoo Religion. Voodoo religion does not believe in harming others. The myth was passed on due to the secret aspect of Voodooism which arose from people having to sneak around in order to practice it
Four Myths about Voodoo
1. Voodooists participate in human sacrifice was perpetuated by Haitian Consul Sir John Spenser, who created the myth in a book.
2. Voodoo dolls are meant to hurt others. Real Voodoo dolls are used to represent the loa gods, a way to communicate with the spirits of the dead.
3. Voodoo is a satanic practice. Voodoo actually has features in common with Catholicism, Buddhism, and Hinduism.
4. Voodoo priests re-animate the dead as zombies. In Haiti the myth of zombies is used as thought control.
Haitian Voodoo does not practice striking pins into a doll to cause arm. The only dolls used in Voodoo are the ones found on altars and in graveyards representing the loas (Voodoo gods or spirits). These dolls act as lucky charms, not tools of vengeance, and are used to bless individuals, not curse them
Voodoo Myths Malign Religion's Authenticity
To the world one of the biggest misconceptions about Haiti is its practice of Voodoo. It has only been since the 2000s the Haitian government finally recognized Voodoo as a legitimate religion. Many myths have persisted about the nature of its belief system, and it is important to shed light on a religion sharing characteristics with many of the world's most practiced religions. Here are four main myths that obscure the true character of Voodoo.
1. Voodoo dolls. A made-up term, the dolls are said to be used to inflict pain on a victim by sticking pins into it. But the truth is harming others goes against Voodoo's code of ethics. Voodooists use good luck dolls they nail to trees in graveyards to communicate with the spirits of the dead.
2. Voodoo priests can re-animate the dead. Hollywood became enamored with Voodoo in the 1930s, producing movies about zombies, the undead, who were evil-doers. The truth is Haitian plantation owners gave slaves potions producing comatose-like states to work them harder, and rumors spread they were the living dead.
3. Voodooists practice human sacrifice. Consul to Haiti, Sir Spenser St. John, exploited the practice of Voodoo when he wrote the entirely fallacious Hayti: or the Black Republic in 1889, misrepresenting the facts of the religion.
4. Voodoo is evil incarnate. Voodoo has been misconstrued as a variant of Satanism, and this has been due to Hollywood's over-sensationalism of it. The truth is Voodoo shares similarities with Hinduism, Shintoism, Catholicism, and Buddhism.
Here is a picture of Baron Samedi in the Haitian Voodoo. As one of the lwa in Haitian voodoo, Baron Samedi is the lwa of the dead.
There are several variation of Baron Samedi such as Baron Cimetiere, Baron La Croix, Baron Kriminel. The wife of Baron Samedi is called Madame Brigitte
In Haitian Voodoo, the Baron has a shrine at the entrance to every cemetery. This is a black tomb, within and upon which the followers leave offerings of candles and rum.
In many cemetary the Baron has a shrine at the entrance. At the Baron black tomb, the voodoo bealivers leave offerings of candles and rum
A large number of spirits or deities (lwa) exist in Haitian Voodoo. Some lwas such as Erzulie, Ghede Nibo, Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte exhibit movements that cross gender boundaries. However, overt identification as homosexuals has no place within the tradition of the Haitian Voodoo religion
During Haitian Vodou ceremonies, a person can be possessed by any Loa, regardless of gender. During possession, possessed dancers will begin to behave like the lwa they are possessed by and they are treated with the utmost respect.
Here is a picture of Azor as his death was announced. The Racine artist Azor has been known for bringing the Haitian culture to life in his music videos.
According to report received at our news desk. the artist Lenord Fortune became sick following a performance at Sceau D'Eau in 2011. he was taken to Bernard Mevs hospital in haiti where he passed away
He was a musician of the group Scorpio, as well as SS One, Bakoulou group, Racine Kanga de Wawa
Here is a picture of the Altar of Baron Samedi in Haitian Voodoo. Baron Samedi is associated with the dead. It is told that Baron samedi help to carry the dead to the underworld.
He has the capacity to expell any curse and can bring the dead back to life. Baron samedy can prevent someone from using the dead and convert them into Zombi
Baron Samedi has a particulat outfit. He is usually dressed in Black
In Haitian Voodoo religion the Lwa Gede is one of the major spirit. It represents both Death and Life. On the day od the celebration, this is considered to be a big thing in Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora all over the world
The Gede Lwa are some of the most interesting, funny, spirits in the Vodou tradition.