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Haitian Vodou and the island's history

"Voodoo"

Misconceptions about voodoo have given Haiti a reputation for sorcery and zombies. Popular images of voodoo have ignored the religion's basis as a domestic cult of family spirits. Adherents of voodoo do not perceive themselves as members of a separate religion; they consider themselves Roman Catholics. In fact, the word for voodoo does not even exist in rural Haiti. The Creole word vodoun refers to a kind of dance and in some areas to a category of spirits. Roman Catholics who are active voodooists say that they "serve the spirits," but they do not consider that practice as something outside of Roman Catholicism. Haitians also distinguish between the service of family spirits and the practice of magic and sorcery.

Map of Haiti, showing location of 1791 slave revolt.

 

For more information and links, from a variety of perspectives, on Haitian Vodou, go to:

http://www.webster.edu/~corbetre/haiti/voodoo/overview.htm

http://www.webster.edu/~corbetre/haiti/voodoo/biglist.htm (inc. basic descriptions of the different loa)

http://altreligion.about.com/library/glossary/blglossary_afrocaribbean.htm

http://reference.allrefer.com/country-guide-study/haiti/haiti41.html

http://www.witchvox.com/trads/trad_vodou.html

http://www.religioustolerance.org/voodoo.htm

http://www.occultopedia.com/v/voodoo.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/alabaster/A1019666

http://www.mamiwata.com/

http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vodou/

http://www.ezilikonnen.com/

For a general listings site dedicated to all aspects of Vodou:

http://www.dmoz.org/Society/Religion_and_Spirituality/African/Diasporic/Vodou,_Vodun,_Voodoo/

 

For Haitian Vodou flags, go to:

http://www.egallery.com/browse-search/index.php?id=3&gid=1&mode=6

 

For more general information on Haiti, go to:

http://www.alsintl.com/countries/H/haiti.html

http://www.webster.edu/~corbetre/haiti/haiti.html

 

For the history specifically, go to:

http://countrystudies.us/haiti/ (inc. a bibliography of other sources)

http://www.webster.edu/~corbetre/haiti/history/history.htm

 

Flag of Haiti.

The Haitian flag; source URL: http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/images/h/ht-state.gif

 

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