Friday, March 2, 2007

Haitian Mythology

Haitian Mythology

Vodou (also known as Voodoo) is a religion that first appeared in Haiti. It is a syncretic mixture of Roman Catholic rituals introduced during the French colonial period, and African tribal beliefs, with roots in the Yoruba, Kongo and Dahomey mythology. Another important aspect of the Haitian spiritual life is magic and serpent worship.

Pantheon

Related notions

  • Asagwe - Haitian voodoo dancing used to honor the gods.
  • Avalou - Haitian voodoo dance which means supplication.
  • Coco macaque - Haitian voodoo implement. It is a stick, which is supposed to be able to walk on its own. The owner of a coco macaque can send it on errands. If it is used to hit an enemy, the enemy will die before the dawn.
  • Gangan - Haitian voodoo shaman.
  • Ghede - family of spirits related to death and fertility
  • Guinee - Haitian afterlife. It is also where life began and the home of their gods.
  • Hungan - Haitian priests. They lead the peoples in dancing, drumming and singing to invoke the loa.
  • Loa - Haitian god or goddess.
  • Mambo - Haitian priestess who, together with the Hungan, leads the voodoo rituals and invokes the loa.
  • Petro - aggressive and warlike family of spirits
  • Rada - old, benefic family of spirits
  • Ville au Camp - The underwater capital of the loa.
  • Voodoo
  • Vodou or Voudoun
  • Zombie

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