The Social Value of Voodoo throughout History: Slavery, Migrations and Solidarity
Born amid the waves that rocked the conquered indigenous Taino people and swept the victims of the slave trade from Africa to Haiti, voodoo is now a vigorous composite that provides the bedrock of resistance of the Haitian people and their courage amid desperate circumstances. It supplies a structural model for different groups of people forced to live together in the country, along with a universal cohesive force for peoples fighting to resist, while reflecting the historical contradictions and conflicts of this social and economic entity.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Rachel Beauvoir-Dominique was trained as a socio-cultural anthropologist at Tufts University (USA) and Oxford University (UK). She teaches at the University of Haiti’s School of Anthropology and collaborates with the University’s Vice-Deanship for Research. She also is an initiator and active member of two foundations dedicated to the preservation of Haitian cultural traditions.
Publication date: December 1, 2010