Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cross Cultural Understanding

Since my blog post on the missionaries in Haiti has been getting a lot of hits recently, I take it as a sign that there is an interest from some Christians in understanding the way that Spirit is speaking in Kreyole. It is said that in Haiti, 80% of the population is Catholic, 20% of the population is Protestant but everyone believes in Vodou.
from the Wiki--

In Vodou, Damballa is one of the most important of all the loa. He is both a member of the Rada family and a root, or racine Loa. He is depicted as a serpent and is closely associated with snakes. He is considered the father of all the rest of the loa and, along with his wife/companion Ayida Wedo, to be the Loa of creation.

Some of his ritual songs indicate that he "carries the ancestors" on his back to Ginen (spiritual home of the Loa, and the afterlife) His wife is the rainbow serpent Ayida Weddo (he is also married to Erzulie Freda). As a loa of the Rada nation he is associated with the color white. His particular color is white. His offerings are very simple and he prefers an egg on a mound of flour. Some houses also serve him with anisette and corn syrup. When he presents himself in possession, he does not talk, but makes hissing noises like a snake.

In most houses, he is syncretised with the Catholic figures of either Moses or St. Patrick.

Alternative names: Damballa Weddo (or Wedo), Damballah Weddo, Danbhala Weddo.

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