Although Voodoo may mean different things to different people, the mass media have apparently agreed to identify the republic of Haiti as the land of Voodoo par excellence in the western hemisphere. Several historically identifiable events and circumstances — not least the sensationalist international press reportage and various reports and books by foreign dignitaries in mission in Port-au-Prince — have bestowed that notorious reputation on the old republic. As one reads nineteenth-century accounts by foreigners, one encounters bizarre Voodoo practices, nonsensical beliefs and engrossing stories of zombification and cannibalism.1 These reports tended to exaggerate in order to make the stories more exciting, and their emphasis is on exotic rituals and concomitant, supposedly criminal, practices.
KeywordsReligious Leader Catholic Church Religious Movement Intense Exploitation Revitalisation Movement
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