Stories: Vodou

  • The beauty and mystery of voodoo in Haiti

    Although it’s been long associated with the dark and dreadful, voodoo is very much a celebration of life and nature. And just like there’s another side to the age-old religion, there’s a vibrancy to life in Haiti that’s been overshadowed by its troubles. Haiti is in the midst of redoubling its welcome...

  • Queer Haitians Find a Refuge in Vodou

    It’s just past 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning when Stephenson Meus tips back a bottle of Barbancourt. The rum comes out early in the 30-year-old’s congested Port-au-Prince neighborhood, but he doesn’t drink nearly as much as he pours into the sunbaked earth. A houngan, or Vodou spiritual leader, Meus isn’t talking...

  • The Inside Story About One of the Most Maligned Religions in the World

    From Arthur Miller’s The Crucible to Hollywood renditions of Haitian traditions, American media has often connected the Vodou religion to the darkest aspects of black magic. While the faith is closely connected to elements of the supernatural, it is also very much grounded in natural phenomenon. Many Vodou ceremonies honor the elements of air, water, fire, and earth....

  • A Haitian artist fights to preserve the vodou religion

    Erol Josué is a dancer, a recording artist, a vodou priest, and an expert on the vodou religion's culture and history. "They beat me in the name of Jesus," Josué sings in one song. "They burn me in the name of Jesus." The lyrics of this old vodou song date back to slavery days in the 18th...

  • In Conversation With Souzen Joseph

    Souzen Joseph is an independent journalist, a musician, community activist and vodou practitioner.   In addition to her job at TNH [Haitian National TV], Souzen is the host of a weekly radio show covering all aspects of health and self-care produced by the Haitian Red Cross.  She is a founding member of a Haitian women&rsquo...