Haitian Voodoo and Homosexuality

Haitian Voodoo and Homosexuality

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.

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