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Voodou Priests And Doctors Are On The Frontline Of Haiti’s Mental Health Care

In Haiti, a key way to improve mental healthcare is to work with religious leaders from Catholic, Protestant and Voodou faiths, says the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto.

Haiti’s voodoo religion heavily influences how mental illness is perceived and treated. For centuries Haitians have turned to voodoo priests for help.

Both male “houngan” priests and female “manbo” priestesses perform ceremonies and sacrificial rituals to treat people.

“Voodoo heals the mind, soul and body. The soul is what we are, which controls everything, all our actions and mind,” Max Beauvoir, the “Ati” or supreme leader of Haitian voodoo, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

via Voodou Priests And Doctors Are On The Frontline Of Haiti’s Mental Health Care.

The World Of Vodou: Exhibit Brings To Life A Highly-Misunderstood Religion

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Haitian Vodou keeps alive the theology and spiritual practices of West African cultures. Africans first came to Haiti as slaves in the 16th century. Their deeply rooted beliefs combined with those of Indigenous peoples already living in the Caribbean, and also combined with elements of Christianity. Because Vodou helped galvanize slaves to revolt at the end of the 18th century, Vodou is inextricably tied up with Haiti’s history of abolition and its establishment of an independent nation.

via The World Of Vodou: Exhibit Brings To Life A Highly-Misunderstood Religion.

The Science of Vodun/Voodoo – Professor James Smalls – YouTube

The Science of Vodun/Voodoo – Professor James Smalls – YouTube.

Are blacks abandoning Christianity for African faiths? | theGrio

The Yoruba tradition has gained in popularity among blacks exploring African spirituality because of its accessibility in America. The Yoruba ethnic group is one of the largest three in Nigeria and those who have immigrated to the United States, have brought the teachings of Orisha and Ifa the systemic basis of Yoruba spirituality with them.The fact is while West African-derived religions have historically been looked down upon, research shows that more African-Americans are exploring and adopting them. Many of these African-Americans were Christians and have either completely abandoned the Christian doctrine, like Jones, or are still incorporating Christianity with the West African-derived religions to create a unique, sort of ‘on-demand’ syncretism.

via Are blacks abandoning Christianity for African faiths? | theGrio.

African Traditional Religion

African Traditional Religion.

A great site on African Traditional Religion from many places in the continent.