Syncretism In Haiti Vodou Research

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The traditions of Vodou in Haiti is a prime example of religious syncretism-as it has a combination of Christian and traditional African religions.These practices were also influenced through syncretism with French Catholicism. The West African deities, primarily from Benin and Dahomey, are called loa and are also usually identified with Roman Catholic saints. For example, the serpent loa, Damballah, is often identified with St. Patrick. Also Houngan, or Voodoo priests, have long since adopted elements of Roman Catholicism in Voodoo rituals, including the use of candles, bells, crosses, the practices of baptism, and making the sign of the cross. Another example of syncretism, is the way roman catholic liturgy have been incorporated to replace

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