We were able to see one of the main temples as well as a voodoo altar. It was fascinating to see in more detail much of what I had learned from my class last semester. At times this alter (above) would have images on the back wall and the cloth bags would be filled with offerings and taken to the temple. The temple is the room with the pole in the center (left). There are two rooms on each side of this building (right). The rooms are where some specific ceremonies take place. I will need to reread about what ceremonies would take place in those rooms, though I think they might be used for isolation. This part of the conversation did not translate from English to Creole and back very well.
|Voodoo Dolls and binging ceremonies|
|I am not sure what this was but was told it was "voodoo"|
This trip was an interesting contrast to the much more academic approach I had experienced in my class on the religions of the African Diaspora. My class was excellent and gave me a deep understanding of what those who practice Voodoo believe and the history of the religion and Haiti, but the class did not allow me to fully understand the power of the Vooddo spirits from a Christian perspective. The trip certainly did help me to gain this understanding.