What Is

vodoun culture

Vodoun is the heritage of the ancient africans nations that were exiled in the new world. Its ways have been born throughout the darkest times by our forefathers in order to teach us how to live today and tomorrow.
Vodoun is more than one thing, it is medecine, justice, police, it is art, dance, music as well as religious ritual. It is the common ground upon which we, the children of the african new world diaspora, stand together.
It is perfectly ordinary to be Vodoun without being religious as one can be jewish and agnostic. So much so that in Haiti, the use of the word vodoun (or voodoo, vaudou, vodu etc.) is a sign of alienation.
My ambition is to show the breadth and diversity of our vodoun soul. Not an easy task away from the cool shade of a mango tree in a warm caribbean afternoon. We will start with the obvious, the rituals. Be aware that in Haiti alone there are many ways to celebrate the invisible, and what I present doesn't pretend to universality. Let us start with the basics, with Bondjé, Lésen, Lézanj we will get through this.

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Estelle Manuel's
VISION OF VODOUN CULTURE
flavodoun@gmail.com