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Voodoo in Haiti A typical ceremony begins with a Roman Catholic prayer. Then three drummers begin to play syncopated rhythms. The attendees begin to dance around a tree in the center of the yard, moving faster and harder with the rising pulse of the beat. The priest draws sacred symbols in the dust with cornmeal, and rum is poured on the ground to honor the spirits. One woman falls to the ground, convulsing for a moment before she is helped back to her feet. She resumes the dance, moving differently now, and continues dancing for hours. It is perhaps no longer she who is dancing: She is in a trance, apparently possessed by voodoo spirits. Voodoo is the dominant religion of Haiti it is said that Haitians are seventy percent catholic, …show more content…

They can be good, evil, capricious, or demanding. Loua show their displeasure by making people sick, and voodoo is used to diagnose and treat illnesses. Loua are not nature’s spirits, and they do not make crops grow or bring rain. The loua of one family have no claim over members of other families, and they cannot protect or harm them. Voodooists are therefore not interested in the loua of other families Loua appear to family members in dreams which enter through trances. Many Haitians believe that loua are capable of temporarily taking over the bodies of children. Men and women enter trances when they assume the traits of a particular loua. People in a trance feel giddy and usually remember nothing after they return to a normal state of consciousness. Voodoo experts say that the spirit temporarily replaces the human personality. Possession trances occur usually during rituals such as services for loua or a vodoun dance in honor of the loua. Loua appear to entranced people, they may bring warnings or explanations for the causes of illnesses or misfortune. Loua often engage the crowd around them through flirtation, jokes, or accusations Ancestors are associated with family loua as the most important spiritual entities in voodoo. Elaborate funeral and mourning rites reflect the important

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