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Complimentary religions: Voudou & Liberation Theology

August 12th, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

I haven’t written anything yet about my visit to Haiti – cannot really explain why or maybe I was just too overwhelmed in such a short space of time and met so many people from the Lavalas movement, activists, women who had been tortured, shot, lost husbands and children, people struggling to just hold their lives together, others working with their bare hands to build free schools in the barrios with no help from all the NGOs/Aid workers feeding off the masses and their poverty; the UN occupation with tanks and trucks loaded with automatic weapons patrolling the streets at all hours of the day and night; activists disappearing never to be heard of again, kidnapped by opposition forces, gangs, the government – no one really knows.

One of the first women I spoke to was Voudou Priestess, Madame Evonne Auguste – an amazing beautiful woman with a presence yet so gentle and purposeful. Madame Auguste is a member of Famm Voudou pou Ayiti (Voudou Women for Ayiti). In the interview she explains that Voudou is both a religion and a philosophy and speaks about the relationship between voudou and liberation theology. She also discusses the some of the reasons behind the demonetisation of the religion and why Famm Voudou pou Ayiti want to establish their own school.

Madam Euvonie Auguste


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3 Comments

  1. Delux

    Excellent post Sokari, thanks! Looking forward to hearing more about your trip.

  2. Jeremy Dupin

    Hi Sokari i think you did a very good work and Yvonne was so good.
    thanks for send me these link.

  3. j.depelchin

    I hope you can do more of these things. It is a very powerful interview because it shows a relentless fidelity to what was learned from 1791 through 1804. I loved the insistence of evonne Auguste on “being completely totally free” and respecting the freedom of others.

    The people of Haiti taught humanity one of the greatest lessons, but those who have highjacked humanity will have none of that. Is it ok to post the link on our website? The Haitians are a bit like Ota Bengas before Ota Benga was born. Ota Benga was small in physical stature, but by just living as a human being he rose to the stature of a giant.

    To this day, I have the feeling, especially listening to the interview, that most people have not quite understood what was achieved by the slaves and how for the past 200 years, there has been among their descendants a total and complete devotion to ensuring that the lesson is nurtured in a way that no force on earth can destroy it.

    True, they do not have the schools the children deserve, but what a school Haiti has been for Humanity. As I pointed out to you in our various conversations, it is not just Benin, but it is the Congo, Cuba, Brazil, etc. which must be brought together.

    Thank you for your work and do keep it up