Ezili Danto Archive

  • Like several West African religions, Vodouisants believe in a supreme being called Bondyè, from bon "good" + dyè "God." Because Bondyè is unreachable, Vodouisants aim their prayers to lesser entities, the spirits known as Lwa (Loa), contacted and served through possession. In turn, the Lwa confer material blessings, physical well-being, protection, abundance.

    Haitian Vodou: Summoning the Spirits

    Like several West African religions, Vodouisants believe in a supreme being called Bondyè, from bon "good" + dyè "God." Because Bondyè is unreachable, Vodouisants aim their prayers to lesser entities, the spirits known as Lwa (Loa), contacted and served through possession. In turn, the Lwa confer material blessings, physical well-being, protection, abundance.

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  • Here we follow poet Lenelle N. Moise's surreal submergence into her mother’s passion for water, the sea, vodoun. Imagery, juxtapositions, fluidity, they haunt this reverie, influenced by unseen forces, diaspora and the Haitian sea goddess Erzulie.

    To Erzulie of the Seductive Summoning Sea

    Here we follow poet Lenelle N. Moise's surreal submergence into her mother’s passion for water, the sea, vodoun. Imagery, juxtapositions, fluidity, they haunt this reverie, influenced by unseen forces, diaspora and the Haitian sea goddess Erzulie.

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  • For more than a century now, Haitians have trekked to the picturesque grove where, legend has it, the Virgin Mary - or Erzuli Dantor - appeared in the middle of the 19th century on a palm tree near the 100-foot waterfall and began healing the sick.

    Haitian Healing Pilgrimage: Saut-d’Eau Waterfall

    For more than a century now, Haitians have trekked to the picturesque grove where, legend has it, the Virgin Mary - or Erzuli Dantor - appeared in the middle of the 19th century on a palm tree near the 100-foot waterfall and began healing the sick.

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