Heritage rites.

Vodou, as it is known in Haiti and the Haitian diaspora is the result of the pressures of many different cultures and ethnicity of people who were uprooted from West Africa and imported to Haiti in the African slave trade. Under slavery, African culture and religion was suppressed, lineages were fragmented, and people pooled their religious knowledge and culturally became scattered. Overcoming slavery in the new world has seen many black people in different parts of the world in syncretism with other cultures, however this has filtered black people’s connection to their customs in a modern world, where there is an extinction of cultural practices and traditions of this age. What the vodouisant calls ‘esprit’ or the ‘mysteres’, acts as a source by which suffering can be translated and released through ritual forms,Vodun in the response to slavery provided a way to process and transcend the struggles of daily life through music and dance.This spiritual system was responsible for the Haitian Revolution and liberation of Haitian people from French colonial rule in the early 1800s, born within a structure of institutionalization. Afrikans have somewhat stopped believing in their practices because of how the European has portrayed it. So in this series we have our own portrayal of a ritual rite― our Hounsis, student of vodun calls onto for guidance and further liberation of her spiritual being. What we found, is how Afrika needs a reconstruction of religion in the division that has been formed unto her female congregation.

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