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Introduction

  • Michel S. Laguerre

Abstract

This book, which explains the intricate relationship between Voodoo and politics in Haiti from the colonial period to the present, is part of my ongoing research into the functioning of Caribbean political and urban institutions. When the country achieved its independence in 1804, the majority of its political leaders and army officers and soldiers were still Voodoo practitioners. Although the first constitution proclaimed the Catholic church the official church of the new republic, it remains true that the Voodoo faith could not and did not evaporate overnight, partly because of the strategic, religious and ideological role it played during the Haitian revolution. Voodoo is found to be an ingredient of some weight in the nascent formation and development of post-independence Haitian political process. The itinerary or trajectory of this functional but informal marriage between Voodoo and politics is here expounded.

Keywords

Presidential Candidate Catholic Church Secret Society Superstitious Belief Army Officer 
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Copyright information

© Michel S. Laguerre 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michel S. Laguerre
    • 1
  1. 1.University of California at BerkeleyUSA

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