Posts tagged "haiti"
Hispaniola: Trujillo's Voudou Legacy

Hispaniola: Trujillo’s Voudou Legacy

In the aftermath of a 1937 massacre, Rafael Trujillo’s violent regime launched a campaign to demonize Haitians, using voudou as a principal identifier, reports Ezra Fieser from Dajabon in the Dominican Republic.

How to Make a Zombie

by Nora Connor In its October issue, Harper’s* revisits the zombie phenomenon--the Haitian kind, that is, not the George Romero kind.  Which, come to think of it, makes it a bit of a strange Halloween selection. Journalist Hamilton Morris did his reporting pre-earthquake; the social feature most representative of Haiti’s practical difficulties is an...

Haitian Spirits: A Photo Essay by Les Stone

introduction and curation by Abigail Ohlheiser They're women and men (but mostly women) bathed in light, bathed in water, eyes to the sky, some touching and wearing crosses. They're possessed by spirits, dancing on dirt floors, fire in their mouths....

Rise Up, Rich Men and Soldiers!

24 January 2006 Pity the poor New York Times, struggling to cover foreign affairs as best it can absent serious discussion of class and religion. The latest example is “Fear and Death Ensnare U.N. Soldiers in Haiti,” by Ginger Thompson. There’s not much question in the piece that while the bullets come from the slums, the “fear and...

No Country, No Medicine, No Chance

No Country, No Medicine, No Chance 19 November 2004 Hannah Tinti writes: “I just found out that Edwidge Danticat’s uncle, who raised her while her parents were in the US, died last week while in the custody of Homeland Security. He was 81 years old, he had a valid visa to the US, he was...

Rara Politics

The New York Times’s Lydia Polgreen explores some of Haiti’s politics of religion in today’s story, “An Easter Voodoo Festival with Political Undertones.” Learn more about Rara festivals and voodoo here.

Voodoo Postmortem

Revealer associate editor Kathryn Joyce writes: It’s more than an un-PC cliche. “‘Voodoo is part of Haitian politics,'” voodoo priest, Philippe Castera tells Marina Jimenez, a Toronto Globe and Mail correspondent on assignment in Haiti. “‘The National Palace is filled with the spirits of the ancestors, and the president must be introduced to those spirits and deal with them.'” Jimenez does a fine...

Who’s Being Spooky?

Last Spring, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti gave Voodoo official recognition, most notably legalizing Voodoo marriages. Now, reports Christianity Today, “Christians” fear a national “pact with the Devil” in the island nation. This is surprising news — not the pact, but the fact that Christianity Today, a smart glossy that represents the mainstream conservative evangelical view with panache, would...