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The Social Value of Voodoo throughout History: Slavery, Migrations and Solidarity

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Abstract

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.
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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: 01 December 2010

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