The Earthquake, the Missionaries, and the Future of Vodou

  title={The Earthquake, the Missionaries, and the Future of Vodou},
  author={F{\'e}lix F. Germain},
  journal={Journal of Black Studies},
  pages={247 - 263}
Although Duvalier used Vodou to legitimize his brutal dictatorship, the religion has traditionally empowered Haitians, particularly people from the poorest segments of the population. Historically, at Bois Caïman, Vodou inspired Haitians to rebel against the French for their freedom, and more recently Vodou priests and priestesses have served as healers, counselors, and mediators between rival families. In a highly patriarchal society, Vodou empowers women by allowing them to bring female… 
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