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By Leslie G. Desmangles

Vodou, the folks faith of Haiti, is a derivative of the touch among Roman Catholicism and African and Amerindian conventional religions. during this e-book, Leslie Desmangles analyzes the mythology and rituals of Vodou, focusing quite at the inclusion of West African and ecu components in Vodouisants' ideals and practices.

Desmangles sees Vodou no longer easily as a grafting of ecu non secular traditions onto African inventory, yet as a real creole phenomenon, born out of the oppressive stipulations of slavery and the required model of slaves to a brand new global environment.

Desmangles makes use of Haitian historical past to provide an explanation for this phenomenon, paying specific cognizance to the position of the 17th- and eighteenth-century maroon groups in maintaining African traditions and the makes an attempt by means of the Catholic, trained elite to suppress African-based "superstitions." the result's a society during which one faith, Catholicism, is obvious and legit; the opposite, Vodou, is unofficial and principally secretive.

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