Tag Archives: Afro-Creole

Boutey Vodou, Bawon Samedi

  Bottles are an important part of the typical Vodou altar. On one hand, they are easy to find and cheap to access, but on the other they can convey messages in interesting ways due to the nature of the bottle. What is inside the bottle can be something carried, or something sent, like a […]



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The 5 “P’s” of Afro-Creole Religions: A White Paper

To the untrained eye, the practices of Santeria and other Afro-Creole religions like Palo Mayombe and Vodou appear to be sinister and otherworldly. In an attempt to diffuse these negative stereotypes would like to propose a whitepaper that can be used accessible via a suitable website on Afro-Cuban religion. The white paper will overview the five […]



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Boutey Vodou: Ode to the Crazy

In my core 330 class, shaking the spirits, we had to create our own Vodou related art project. Our canvas was a bottle; because of the significance bottles have in Vodou. They are symbolic of many things. Bottles can physically hold, contain, transport, and share things. These physical attributes of the bottle are metaphorical symbols […]



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Boutey Voudou for Lasyrenn by Maggie Bean

In a religious practice that is often stigmatized and misunderstood, Vodou’s art isn’t sought to be understood deeply by popular culture, but rather mystified and used to further a dark magic narrative. After spending the semester learning about the beliefs and practices of Vodou, it’s become evident to me that though the use of art […]



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Haitian Bottle Project for Ogoun

Patrick Lemay Boutey Offering for Ogoun–2015 Glass Bottle, Paint, Fabric, Cigars My bottle project is inspired by and dedicated to the Haitian Lwa, Ogoun. Ogoun is a national hero to Haiti, and is known as a powerful warrior for the early country.  The bottle represents his preferred colors (Blue and Red), his associated Veve, and […]



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