Creole religions in the caribbean the two best-known forms of these creole religions are vodou (voodoo and vodun are common spellings) and santería. All religions experience some degree of syncretism many catholics see themselves as having very little in common with practitioners of vodou, santeria, etc. The sole chapter in crossing the water and keeping the faith dealing with african-derived religious culture of haiti, vodou in the magic city: serving the spirits across the sea, demonstrates a broad understanding of religious syncretism in miami8 although it underscores gross misperceptions of vodou practice, it offers only scant engagement. Syncretism and vodou religion by syncretism may involve the merger and analogizing of several discrete pertain to religions of the caribbean. The article is a book review of afro-caribbean religions: an introduction to their historical, cultural , vodou, religious syncretism in cuba. Quizlet provides world of music caribbean activities vodou reggae syncretism the combination of. One of my recent articles about pat robertson’s impressively vicious attack on the native beliefs of haiti has resulted in people asking me questions about haitian vodou.
The caribbean haiti and vodou, steel pan and calypso what are some characteristics of vodou syncretism, possession, and rada group where did vodou. Vodou is a well-known religion that's primarily practiced in haiti, but most of what you know may be wrong explore the truth about voodoo beliefs. Haitian vodou    (/ vodou originated in the caribbean and developed in the french empire in the 18th century this syncretism allows vodou to. As karen mccarthy brown, scholar of vodou in both haiti and the us, points out, however, expanding the visual and ritual vocabulary of vodou through catholicism was also a natural evolution of african religious syncretism. The majority of haitians identify as roman catholic, and often concurrently practice vodou and folk religions as well a roman catholic mass (left) and vodou ceremony (right) in contemporary haiti haiti has been largely a christian country for several hundred years after the spanish, and then the french, colonized the caribbean island. Another highly syncretic religion of the area, vodou, combines elements of western african, native caribbean, and christian (especially roman catholic) beliefs see the modern section for other caribbean syncretisms.
Religious syncretism exhibits blending of two or more the process of syncretism in the caribbean region often forms a part of haitian vodou ( , french. Crucial issues in caribbean religions [mozella g mitchell] crucial issues in cuban santeria and haitian vodou -- the process of syncretism in cuban santeria.
Content page introduction 1-2 definition of terms 3-5 how the process of syncretism started in the caribbean 6 effects of syncretism in the caribbean 7 essential beliefs of vodou. Religious syncretism and caribbean culture introduction of sacred possessions: vodou, santeria, obeah, and the caribbean rel 5384 rasta, vodou. Creole religions of the caribbean offers a comprehensive introduction to vodou, santeria, obeah, and the caribbean the cradle of ethnic and cultural syncretism.
The origins of voodoo, the misunderstood religion the caribbean vodou ceremony by andre normil references. Transcript of african culture in the caribbean “one of the largest differences however between african and haitian vodou is a process called syncretism.
Creole religions of the caribbean: labor and sexuality phenomena in caribbean religious history syncretism: week 4 haitis vodou pantheons petwo and rada lwa. Lutheran mission work among haitian first, a brief synopsis of vodou (voodoo) in 1492 christopher columbus “discovered” the caribbean. Vodou and santeria: african and european encounters in the caribbean 1 vodou and santeria: african and european encounters in the caribbean gerald f murray department of anthropology (emeritus) university of florida. This exposé will analyze the resulting haitian vodou religion that came about through the invasion of western thought by way of the late slave-trade industry it was during this crucial period in history that the societies and beliefs of the african populace began to transform, resulting in the blending of native african beliefs with. Catholicism and voodoo syncretism in hispaniola investigating the syncretism of catholicism and voodoo in new orleans donald 2001 “vodou.
Voodoo, or vodou, the religion of 30 million people in west africa, and several million more in the caribbean and some south and north american countries, has suffered much from the portrayal that the hollywood movie-making machine has given it. Vodou, a haitian religion deeply rooted in colonialism stems from several african sources, which have constructed and maintained a hybrid africana and european diaspora in the caribbean in an effort to preserve african tradition and spiritual belief, slaves in haiti prior to the haitian revolution of 1791, established and developed the. The caribbean haiti, jamaica, trinidad vodou other african derived religions syncretism is the result of a fusion, or. There are clergy in haitian vodou whose responsibility it from africa to the caribbean because of the religious syncretism between catholicism and vodou. Doubtless the most spectacular haitian art form is the sequin-covered drapo vodou or voodoo flag vodou banners derive directly from the practice of the vodou religion, a syncretism of traditional african religions brought to haiti by slaves, with the catholicism of their former masters. Haitian vodou also written as vodun, or vodoun, and frequently rendered in english as voodoo) is a syncretic religion that originates in the caribbean country of haiti it is based upon a merging of the beliefs and practices of west african peoples (mainly the fon and ewe see west african vodun), with arawakian religious beliefs, and roman catholic. Creole religions of the caribbean: the cradle of ethnic and cultural syncretism or vodou priest grew in proportion to the fear he instilled in the french.