Bringing Haiti together at a Cap-Haïtien voodoo festival

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02/26/2024

While Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, is plagued with unending violence, the north of the country seems to be holding its own, attracting numerous cultural events that can no longer take place in the country’s main metropolitan area. In this context, the northern city of Cap-Haïtien is scheduled to host the first international voodoo festival from Aug. 22 to 29, at the initiative of Action pour l’Inclusion et l’Émancipation Sociale (AIES), an LGBT+ organization. Separate from sensationalized Hollywood representations, voodoo is a religion that developed in Haiti during the slave trade of the 16th to 19th centuries, combining elements of Roman Catholicism with aspects of traditional religions of West and Central Africa. Many of its believers supported the Haitian Revolution of 1791 that overthrew the French colonial government, abolished slavery, and established the Republic of Haiti. Voodoo flourished in Haiti after the Roman Catholic Church left the country for several decades following the Revolution.

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