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As a monotheistic religion, Vodou holds that there is one God, but adherents also believe that individual behavior is guided by spirits called "loas" (or "lwas"). Many of these spirits are what we'd consider lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender-fluid, androgynous or dual-gendered.
Non-Haitians and some Haitians hear the word Vodou -- or voodoo, in Hollywood parlance -- and shiver with fear and condescension. So let me do a quick rundown on Vodou, this way everyone can hurry up and get back to feeling good.