Zombies Exist! Learn About Voodoo In Haiti Now!
Voodoo (Haitians spell it “Vodou”) in Haiti is a religion. In 2003 the Haitian government decreed it a recognized religion, and more than 8 million people consider Vodou their primary religion throughout the world.
Vodou is a mix of West African religions, beliefs of the Taino (the native inhabitants of the island), and some touches of Christianity. Time ago, they had to disguise their Iwa (spirits) with a veil of Catholicism, so many correspond to Catholic saints.
There are 401 spirits (or Iwa) that are grouped into 21 nations. They are invoked to help with different problems.
Serving the spirits is simply way to gain personal power to improve your life. There are evil spirits and they can be invoked by bad people to bad things, but this is not frequent.
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Haitians believe in zombies, and according to the Haitian consulate, there is “ethno botanical evidence” relating to “zombie” conception. Cases where people were poisoned with a substance that made them appear dead, and they are under the control of the one who poisoned them. This is not a part of the religion but of the rural culture.
In Vodou religion, there are priests (oungans) and priestesses (mambos). They lead ceremonies in peristyles (Vodou temples), which involve music, dance, and offerings to the spirits to keep the traditions alive.
Of course, there aren’t sticking pins into voodoo dolls in Haitian Vodou. You can buy Vodou Dolls in the markets in Haiti, but they are only for tourists.
Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you!
“My grandfather was a voodoo priest. A lot of my life dealt with spirituality. I can close my eyes and remember where I come from.” Wyclef Jean.