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Haitian Voodoo Misconception, Human Sacrifice

Haitian Voodoo Misconception, Human Sacrifice

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.

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Haitian Voodoo Misconception about Voodoo Dolls

Haitian Voodoo Misconception about Voodoo Dolls

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.

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Why is it that Lwa only exists in the Haitian Vodou Religion?

Why is it that Lwa only exists in the Haitian Vodou Religion?

The Loas, sometime written as Lwa and referred to as Mystères or Invisibles are the spirits you find in the of Haitian Vodou and Louisiana voodoo. They are considered to be the intermediaries between the creator and humanity. Each Lwa is distinct, having his/her own personal preferences in term of food, dance and ritual.

Some people may say that this is no different than the Catholic religion that uses saints as intermediaries between their god and us human. However the reason why this remains a question to me is because in the Haitian Vodou religion, the Lwas can clearly be observed when someone is possessed by one of them, unlike the Catholic Saints who do not manifest in people in such a way.

Furthermore, wouldn't these lwas exist at least in Africa where the slaves from Sain-Dominge came from?

How about the other Caribbean islands, South America and the United States that also had African slaves during the colonization period? One thing I have noticed is that these lwas only exist either in Haiti, in Louisiana with its major Haitian influence and in the Haitian diaspora all over the world. This is the only time you hear about Agassou, Agwé, Ayida-Weddo, Ayizan, Azaka-Tonnerre, Baron Samedi, Bossou Ashadeh, Boum'ba Maza or Damballa. you can not find them anywhere else.

To me, this is the product of extended period of abuse, trauma and ongoing attempts to make a person lose his/her own identity.

What I see in all that is that the Slaves of Saint-Domingue had to survives multiple level of abuse, trauma for a long period of time. the only way they could have survived is through some type of cooping mechanism. Let's take for instance someone who has been through a trauma or abuse as a child, in many instances, this persone wil develop some mental problem that will likely last a lifetime if not properly treated. This could be a car accident were the child witnesses the parents was killed, an abusive environment where there is child sexual abuse, insest, or other;

Take these same conditions mentioned above and multiply them by at least one thousand time and you will probably get the conditions the slaves in Saint-Domingue. Consider the following:

First: The Intensity of Abuse: Working day and night, under the harsh condition of the tropic, poorly fed, subject to beating, chained while working. One thing that I learned is that the French master was much harsher than the Spanish master. Also, considering that Saint-Domingue(Haiti) was the most productive colony then, doesn't this relate directly to treatment methods used on the slaves in Saint-Domingue?

Two: Deprived from Families: The person is separated from his family, including mother, father, children sibling, friends. In the new land, their children are are the property of the master and are sold as such.

Four: Deprived from a Support System: That same person is removed from their country, transported into boats for several months and in deplorable conditions. Comes to a new land, sold to the highest bidder.

Three: Duration of Trauma and Abuse: Instead of a trauma or abuse that occurs only once in their lifetime, consider that these African slaves have been subjects to these repeated trauma and abused day in and day out for a lifetime and for several generations and several centuries.

Five: Removal of Identity: As you were the property of another human been just like you, you have constantly been told that who you are or what you believe in is not good. You have been forced to adopt new custom while being punished is caught practicing old ones.

Considering the kind of living condition these African Slaves find themselves into in Saint-Domingue (Haiti) and for so long, could these Lwas be the result of a mind traumatized to a level not seen anywhere else in the world? Wouldn't one think that these Lwas found in the Haitian vodou could be a practical method developed by these slaved to coop with their harsh reality?

The same way an abused child can grow up to become an abuser, paranoid schizophrenia, serial killer, some who remains paranoid to the opposite sex. or have other behaviors all together, wouldn't the mind of a group of people who have been severely traumatized for multiple generations work differently?

The next question would likely be: If the Lwas found in the Haitian Vodou religions are the result of trauma suffered by the slaves of Saint-Domingue during colonization, what explains their existence today? I don't have an answer for that; however instead we should ask this question: Do we understand completely how our own mind works?

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Haitian Voodoo, Day Of The Dead

Haitian Voodoo, Day Of The Dead

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

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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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Simbi in Haitian Voodoo

Simbi in Haitian Voodoo

Represented in Haitian Voodoo, the Simbi is a snake whose Vodoun heritage can be traced to the Kongo region in West Central Africa. The family of snakes is diverse and some varieties include: the Simbi of the Water (the Simbi Dlo or d'l'eau) the Simbi Andezo or Simbi of Two Waters, the Simbi Makaya and the Gran Simba. Within the Haitian Voodoo context, the variety includes the Simbi Anpaka, which is a Loa, or spirit within the realm of Voodoo, that inhabits poisons, leaves and plants.

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Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre on Long Island

Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre on Long Island

Here is a case most Haitians who work in the United states or in other countries are very familiar with. A Haitian nurse is bringing a lawsuit to Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre on Long Island for not taking action against ongoing discrimination against her. Diana St. Gerard, who worked in the mental health unit at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre claims that white staff are allowed to discriminate against her, saying that she practices Voodoo and is involved in Black magic because she is Haitian.

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Hhat is exactly Haitian houssa?

Hhat is exactly Haitian houssa?

Since I was a child growing up in Haiti, I have been hearing that certain people called Houssa have the capacity to mysteriously take away your money from your pocket. How many of you believe this is in fact true?

On my part, until someone can actually show me that he/she actually take my money, i will not believe it

The is so popular among Haitians that no one so far have has managed to challenge this concept.

This believed seems to have been as a result of Voodoo.

This is how it works, you buy something and pay in cash, the changes you receive from the seller mysteriously go back to the seller.

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Haitian Dance movement originated from Vodou Ceremony

Haitian Dance movement originated from Vodou Ceremony

The dances and ritual in Saint Domingue, now Haiti were born to preserve sacred and social art forms, customs and beliefs as it was very hard for the slaves to maintain their culture during the colonization period. Many of these dances originated from Voodoo gods and goddesses (or L'wa) that are part of Haitian Vodou spirit. As a method to celebrate and influence these Lwas, various dance movements have been created over time

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Sceau D'eau In Haitian Voodoo

Sceau D'eau In Haitian Voodoo

As you can see in this picture, the Haitians use this place Sceau d'eau in Haiti to pray in the Voodoo religion. Most will take bath, wash their body with leaves found in the area. They also bring food and drinks to the lwa.

The magic of voodoo is very much alive in Sceau d'eau where many will ask the lwa for special favors. They usually come every year until they are satisfied with their demands

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