Tag Archives: Haitian Vodou

Damon Devani – AZACA, SUSTENANCE, LONGEVITY

  DAMON DEVANI AZACA, SUSTENANCE, LONGEVITY — 2017 Glass bottle, assorted herbs and produce, paper, beads, blood, fake mustache, bottlecaps, floss Azaca is an agriculturally focused lwa widely loved for the produce he encourages. Following suit, this bottle has been stuffed with breadcrumbs, olive oil, and home-grown basil; all of which are produce in offering. […]



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Honoring the Spirit of Death and Sex

Born out of the slave trade, the Afro-Creole religion of Vodou is an amalgamation of European, Native Caribbean, and African culture. Going as far back as the early days of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, Haiti has been a stronghold for vodou. Although vodou was rejected by the slave masters of Haiti due to its unifying […]



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A Pwen For Ezili

Vodou is a religion that combined Catholicism and African spirituality out of necessity. During the slave trade, Africans were forced to adopt Catholic beliefs because their owners feared that their religions could be used to communicate and fuel rebellion. However, the slaves were unwilling to give up their spirituality, so they found Catholic saints that […]



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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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My Boutey Vodou: Boutey for Gede

BRIAN HOLDER BOUTEY VODOU FOR GEDE Glass bottle, yarn, newspaper, fabric, ribbons This bottle is dedicated to the playful vodou lwa of death, sex, and children: Gede. Meant to visually allude to the child-like way he treats sex in most of his common depictions. The top of the bottle is supposed to allude to his […]



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