To understand Haiti is to understand Vodou -- a religion, a national memory bank and a way of grappling with current social problems, all wrapped up into one.
The roots of Vodou are as diverse and mixed as the people of Haiti. This fact underscores the bricolage nature of the entire culture. Cultural memories of black Africa from Fon/Yoruba and Kongo peoples, parts of Roman Catholicism, Freemasonry and other European spiritist traditions, French dance and military traditions, possible Amerindian survivals, and American culture and commerce swirl in a melange that is constantly being reworked theatrically in Vodou temples scattered throughout the country.
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