Here you will find a series of articles, relating to the practice and traditions of Haitian Vodou. For the most part, these address specific topic or issues which don’t really fit into the other Vodou sections of the website. They do, however, shed light upon Haitian culture, Vodou in practice, and why things are the way they are within the religion.
An article about creating and maintaining and altar in the home for the Lwa of Haitian Vodou. Includes instructions on how to prepare a space to become an altar, and a photo essay illustrating how you might go about creating such a space in your own home.
Information on the celebration of the Christmas period in the Vodou tradition, the baths that are performed during this time, and why those traditions exist.
A direct rebuttal to a loud and often quoted ‘mambo’ who asserts that transgendered people don’t exist and have no place in Vodou. Here’s what the lwa and genuine members of the priesthood have to say on the matter, and some information on queer rights in Haiti and the inclusiveness of Vodou.
A guide to prayer in Vodou, including the opening Catholic prayer, how to pray to the lwa who walk with you (even if you don’t know who they are), and how to pray on behalf of someone else.
People unfamiliar with the African and African Diaspora traditions are often also unfamiliar with the role a priest or priestess takes in society and how they make their living, and are therefore unused to the concept of them charging for their services. This explains the concept, and what you get when you pay.