I investigated the way of life of Haitians who rehearse Vodou, a religion otherwise called Voodoo, Vodun, Vodoun, Voudun, and Yoruba Orisha. I have quite recently come back from an excursion in the Caribbean (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic), which imparts an island to Haiti. While there, I met a man from Haiti and was helped to remember an odd affair I had in 1998 when I was ridden by an orisha (loa) amid an inward city Christian church benefit. Hence, I thought this would make an intriguing subject for this task. To make things easier in this exposition, I will allude to this gathering just as Vodou or Vodoun.
Presenting Vodou and Haitian Culture
Vodou is a Caribbean religion mixed from African religions and Catholic Christianity. Since quite a while ago stereotyped by the outside world as “dark enchantment,” Vodoun clerics and priestesses are additionally seers, healers, and religious pioneers, who infer the vast majority of their pay from recuperating the wiped out as opposed to from assaulting focused on casualties.
Vodou originates from an African word for “soul” and can be straightforwardly followed toward the West African Yoruba individuals who lived in eighteenth and nineteenth century Dahomey. Nonetheless, its African roots may do a reversal 6,000 years. Today, Vodou is rehearsed most regularly in the nation of Haiti and in the Assembled States around New Orleans, New York, and in Florida. Today more than 60 million individuals rehearse Vodou all through the Caribbean and West Independents islands, and in addition in North and South America, Africa, and England.
Amid days of slave exchange, this religion intertwined with Catholic Christianity. In this manner, in this present century, kids naturally introduced to provincial Haitian families are by and large sanctified through water into the Vodou religion and in addition in the Catholic church.
The individuals who hone Vodou have confidence in a pantheon of divine beings who control and speak to the laws and powers of the universe. In this pantheon, there is an Incomparable God and the Loa-an expansive gathering of lesser divinities proportionate to the holy people of the Catholic Church. These divine beings secure individuals and give exceptional supports through their agents on earth which are the hougans (clerics) and mambos (priestesses).
The Loa (additionally Lwa or L’wha) are spirits to some degree like holy people or blessed messengers in Christianity. They are delegates between the Maker and mankind. Not at all like holy people or blessed messengers, they are not just appealed to; they are served. They are each particular creatures with their very own preferences, unmistakable hallowed rhythms, tunes, moves, custom images, and unique methods of administration.
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Ceremonies, Practices, and Practices Connected with Death and Passing on
Haitians who hold fast to Vodou don’t consider demise to be the end of life. They do have faith in an existence in the wake of death. Devotees of Vodoun trust that every individual has a spirit that has both a gros bon ange (extensive soul or widespread life drive), and a ti bon ange (little soul or the individual soul or substance.)
When one passes on, the spirit quintessence floats close to the cadaver for seven to nine days. Amid this period, the ti bon ange is powerless and can be caught and made into an “otherworldly zombie” by a magician. Given the spirit is not caught, the minister or priestess plays out a custom called Nine Night to separate the spirit from the body so the spirit may live oblivious waters for a year and a day. In the event that this is not done, the ti bon ange may meander the earth and bring mishap on others.
Following a year and a day, relatives of the perished play out the Ritual of Recovery to raise the expired individual’s spirit quintessence and place it in a mud shake known as a govi. The conviction that every individual’s educational encounters can be passed on to the family or group forces Haitians to beg the soul of the expire to briefly have a relative, minister (houngan), or priestess (mambo) to bestow any last useful tidbits.
The mud container might be put in the houngan’s or mambo’s sanctuary where the family may come to nourish the soul and treat it like an awesome being. At different circumstances, the houngan smolders the jug in a custom called boule zen. This discharges the soul to the place that is known for the dead, where it ought to legitimately dwell. Another approach to raise the ti-bon-ange is to break the container and drop the pieces at an intersection.