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Haitian Vodou

Busting The Myths About Vodou

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.26.2014 | Religion

The real world of Haitian Vodou is hardly like what Hollywood would have us believe. For one, many depictions of the religion focus on New Orleans...

Black Savagery and "Voodoo" Horror at Universal Studio's Bayou of Blood

Saumya Arya Haas | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Saumya Arya Haas

If scholars and adherents of Vodou are to be believed, consistent portrayals of 'voodoo' practitioners as barbaric, violent and most of all as African-American, not only influences public perception of our religion, but perception of African-Americans.

The Hypnotic (And Very Glittery) Beauty Of Haitian Vodou Flags

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.01.2014 | Arts

Gaze upon the glistening surface of a Haitian Vodou flag and you may start to feel a bit dizzy. That's exactly the point. The wildly hypnotic textiles...

Have Evil Spirits Entered Mayoral Race?

Posted 04.09.2013 | Miami

The North Miami mayor's race has gotten pretty heated in the last few weeks and one candidate says she's even received intimidation in the form of vod...

Meeting A Voodoo Priest

Clint Johnston | Posted 04.22.2013 | Travel
Clint Johnston

Once underground, the true experience began. Lisma proudly displayed the tomb used for rituals and rebirth.

Haiti's LGBTQ-Accepting Vodou Societies

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

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.

How Vodoun Became 'Voodoo' and Vodou

Gina Athena Ulysse | Posted 01.28.2013 | Books
Gina Athena Ulysse

Kate Ramsey offers in the world of geopolitics critical insights into the inevitable plight of the "avant-garde," to use Haitian anthropologist Antenor Firmin's casting of the first black republic in relation to Africa and its diaspora.

Haitian Vodou's Bad Boy: The Exhibition

Carine Fabius | Posted 02.11.2013 | Arts
Carine Fabius

This is the guy who kills, who decides when you die, and who controls the zombies -- a fate worse than death in Haiti. Plus, he looks and sounds scary with his slow, drawn-out, nasal speech pattern. He can be downright spine-chilling. You do not want to cross him. So why do Haitians love him so?

Defending Vodou In Haiti

Gina Athena Ulysse | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
Gina Athena Ulysse

While perception of Haiti as synonymous with Vodou reigns in public imagination, within the republic the religion is under attack again. Vodouists and supporters from all over Haiti and its diaspora took to the streets of Port-au-Prince yesterday to protest.

Voodoo Curse Theory: 'I Don't Know How Else To Explain This'

Posted 06.04.2012 | Miami

Friends and family say he was a nice guy who carried a Bible around, loved quoting scripture, and wanted to become a better person. Police records sho...

Haiti's Vodou: A World Of Wonder And Surrender

Gina Athena Ulysse | Posted 03.12.2012 | Religion
Gina Athena Ulysse

As Haiti returns to the mainstream media this week to mark the second anniversary of the quake, let's remember the spirits.

The 2nd Ghetto Biennale and Other Pleasant News From Haiti

Carine Fabius | Posted 01.17.2012 | Arts
Carine Fabius

Just when you thought there was nothing but bad news and more of it coming out of Haiti, along comes the 2nd Ghetto Biennale 2011.

An Inside Look At A Haitian Vodou Ceremony (GRAPHIC IMAGES)

Posted 09.12.2011 | World

Having traveled extensively in Haiti over the years, LIFE.com photographer Anthony Karen offers an inside look at Haitian Vodou, one of the world's mo...

What Is Voodoo? Understanding A Misunderstood Religion

Saumya Arya Haas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Saumya Arya Haas

Voodoo probably isn't what you think it is. It might be easier to start with what Voodoo isn't: Voodoo isn't accurately portrayed in most movies, TV shows and books.

The Roots Of Voodoo's Acceptance Of Gays

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Irene Monroe

With the ancestral religious belief that behavior is guided by a spirit (loa), gay males and lesbians in Haitian Voodoo are under the divine protection.