Showing posts with label Rashmee Roshan Lall. Show all posts
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Cardinal Chibly Langlois and Haitian Vodou: The Context

To help our readers understand the current conversation we're having on Vodou and the historical context of the series of articles (here, here, and there) that have been written on the subject, which we shared with you on "Haiti: Then and Now,"  we provide the link to the original article that stirred the dialogue. On  Sunday, July 13, 2014,  Rashmee Roshan Lall published an essay for The Guardian entitled "Voodoo won't save Haiti, says cardinal." In the short essay, the writer quotes Haiti's first appointed Roman Catholic Cardinal, Chibly Langlois, by the pope. The title of the article is followed by this statement: "Traditional faith 'offers no real solutions for the poor' and is a big social problem, says new prelate." Next, the author writes the following words:

"Haiti's first Roman Catholic cardinal has described voodoo as a "big social problem" for his desperately poor country, arguing that the religion offers "magic" but no real solutions to a population deprived of justice and a political voice.
Chibly Langlois, who was made a cardinal by Pope Francis in February, linked Haiti's belief system to its chronic political problems, which he says force poor Haitians – the overwhelming majority of a population of 10 million – to seek supernatural solutions.
"If a person is well educated and has the financial means, they will go to a doctor [instead of the voodoo priest] when they get sick. If that same person went to the court to get justice they would not go to the voodoo priest to get revenge. It's a big problem for the church. And for Haiti," he said."

Click on the link below to read the full article:

  "Voodoo won't save Haiti, says cardinal."


Short reading list and online resources on Haitian Vodou

This list is not exhaustive or comprehensive; it is a selected list on the subject with an attempt to introduce our readers  to the scholarship  on Haitian Vodou,  and the nature of Haitian Vodou religion and spirituality. The list is divided in three parts: a) Books, b) on-line articles/essays, c) on-line interviews and radio-conferences. As time permits, we will add more resources to the list.

A. Books
  • Nan Domi: An Initiate's Journey into Haitian Vodou by Mimerose Beaubrun (City Lights, 2013)
  • The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti Hardcover by Kate Ramsey (University of Chicago Press, 2011)   
  •  Haiti, History, and the Gods (University of California Press, 1998) by Colin Dayan 
  • Religions et lien social: L' église et  l'état moderne en Haiti (Cerf, 2004) by Laennec Hurbon
  • Voodoo: Search for the Spirit (Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 1995) by Laennec Hurbon
  • Voodoo: Truth and Fantasy (Thames and Hudson Ltd, 1995)  by Laennec Hurbon
  • Dieu dans le Vodou haitien (Maisonneuve & Larose, 2002)  by Laennec Hurbon
  • Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti (Thames & Hudson, 2004) by Maya Deren
  •  The Faces of the Gods: Vodou and Roman Catholism in Haiti (The University of North Carolina Press, 1992) by Leslie G. Desmangles
  • Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn (University of California Press, 1991) by Karen McCarthy Brown
  • Vodou Nation: Haitian Art Music and Cultural Nationalism (The University of Chicago Press, 2006) by Michael Largey
  • Voodoo in Haiti (Schoken Books, 1972) by Alfred Metraux
  • Haiti: Le Vodou au Troisieme Millenaire (CIDIHCA, 2002) by Frantz-Antoine Leconte
  • Secrets of Voodoo (City Lights, 1969) by Milo Rigaud 
  • Crossing the Water and Keeping the Faith (Temple University Press, 2013) by Terry Rey and Alex Stepick 
  • Our Lady of Class Struggle: The Cult of the Virgin Mary in Haiti (Africa World Press, 1999) by Terry Rey
  • Migration and Vodou (University Press of Florida, 2005) by Karen E. Richman
  • Religion and Politics in Haiti (Institute for Cross-Cultural Research, 1966) by Harold Courlander and Remy Bastien 
  • Vodou in Haitian Life and Culture: Invisible Powers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) by Patrick Bellegarde-Smith and Claudine Michel
  •  Haitian Vodou: Spirit, Myth, and Reality (Indian University Press, 2006) by Patrick Bellegarde-Smith and Claudine Michel
  •  Ainsi parla l'Oncle (1928) (Thus Spoke the Uncle) by Jean Price-Mars
  • Vaudou et Névrose (1913) by Justin Chrysostome Dorsainvil (J.C Dorsainvil)
  • Une Explication Philologique du Vaudou (1924) by Justin Chrysostome Dorsainvil (J.C Dorsainvil)
  • Vaudou et Magie (1937) by Justin Chrysostome Dorsainvil (J.C Dorsainvil)
  • Voodoo and Politics in Haiti (Palgrave Macmillan, 1989) by Michel Laguerre
  • Vodou Songs in Haitian Creole (Temple University Press, 2011) by Benjamin Hebblethwaite
  • Medecine and Morality in Haiti: The Contest for Healing Power (Cambridge University Press, 1996) by Paul Browdin
  • Vodou, je me souviens: essai (Éditions Dabar, 2009) by Jean Fils-Aimé
  •  Vaudou 101: une spiritualité moderne sans sorcellerie (Clermont Éditeur, 2013) by Jean Fils-Aimé 
  •   Et si les loas n'étaient pas des diables? Une enquête à la lumière des religions comparées: essai (Éditions Dabar, 2008) by Jean Fils-Aimé  
  • Les esprits vaudous sont-ils des diables?: Une enquête à la lumière de la science des religions comparées  (Editions universitaires europeennes EUE 2011) by Jean Fils-Aimé  
B. On-line articles/essays
C. Some on-line interviews and Radio-Conferences