By Leslie G. Desmangles
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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The Faces of the Gods: Vodou and Roman Catholicism in Haiti by Leslie G. Desmangles