Vodou

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Vodou
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2011-12-07 06:25:46
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Vodou voodoo religion REL 101
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  1. The Princess and The Frog
    • Misconceptions about Voodoo
    • Snake is powerful animal in voodoo
    • Soul can leave body
  2. The Dance of the Spirit
    • Defining the word Voodoo - African religion that they used in Haiti
    • Serving the spirits, according to a Voodoo practitioner
    • The serpent - important animal in the religion
    • The dance is fundamental- The Spirit and human world unite as one
    • Mixture of African rituals and religions
  3. Slave Religion
    • Slave revolts - Seen as negative by the French, thought to manipulate the spirits Spirit of resistance - The religion was used to resist the conformation by the French to practice Catholicism
    • Haitian revolution (1791-1804) - Linked to voodoo
    • Pat Robinson "Haiti has made a pact with a devil, and God has brought destruction" Plantation system in Haiti- Lived in very isolated areas, no access to a priest, and Practice their religion IN HIDING
  4. Vodou and Catholicism
    • 1805-1860 Vatican breaks all ties with Haiti
    • Some slaves continued their Roman Catholicism
    • Roman Catholicism elements into Vodou- Used as a cover to hide their religious practices
    • Pretsavann: a vodou priest who specializes in Roman Catholicism
  5. Francois Duvalier aka Papa Doc
    • President 1957-1971
    • Recruited Vodou priest and the secret police=Tainted the imagery of voodoo
  6. Haitian and Vodou Diaspora
    Because of the tyranny, many Haitians fled the country
  7. Vodou Structure
    • Decentralized
    • Ritualized dance - Through dance, you are possessed
    • Origins
    • Monotheistic: Gran Met (Good God)
    • We are so different than God, that we cannot have a relationship with him
  8. Wangas and Gardes
    • Things can channel the spiritual world
    • Provide protection
    • Reason why Roman Catholicism was the perfect cover
  9. Lwa
    • Practioners relationship with your lwa (super human beings)
    • Servant to your lwa (usually have one lwa)
    • Rada (sweet tempered) vs. Petwo (bitter)
  10. Konesans
    • Ritual knowledge
    • Ordinary: dovotee to the lwa; connect to the voodoo community
    • Ounsi: spouse of a lwa- make a lifelong commitment to a lwa
    • Priest/priestess: priesthood (man or woman)
  11. Ounfo
    • Vodou temple
    • House religion- practiced behind their homes/businesses
  12. Ason
    • rattle
    • often played during ritual dance
  13. Spirit Possession
    • Mounting: how their take over their body
    • Head washing: first time possession - Must physically prepare your head
    • Memory and possession - No memory of their possession
    • Initiation - You don’t have to be initiated to be possessed
  14. Danbala
    • Mounting: how their take over their body
    • Head washing: first time possession - Must physically prepare your head
    • Memory and possession - No memory of their possession
    • Initiation - You don’t have to be initiated to be possessed
  15. Vodou Ritual
    • Vodou calendar - Roman Catholic calendar
    • Anniversary of initiation- posssession
    • Meet a particular need
    • Alcohol, food, animal sacrifice, and drumming
    • Catholic prayers
    • LWA depends on rituals for survival

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