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Kathleen Foster

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Haitian Voodoo: Leave the Loa Alone

January 23, 2010 - 10:12 PM | by: Kathleen Foster

In times of trouble, many turn to faith. But that’s not necessarily the case with Haitians who practice voodoo.

They’re leaving the loa alone.

We were offered a rare glimpse inside a Haitian Voodoo temple today. I expected the voodoo priest we met to tell us how he is helping people find solace after the deadly earthquake that struck 11 days ago. Instead he told us he’s leaving the spirits alone. He said right now things on earth are much too volatile to try to invoke the spirit world.

Voodoo, along with
Catholicism, are the official state religions of Haiti. More than 8 in 10 Haitians are officially Catholic, but many practice some form of voodoo as well, often secretly.

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