Complete 5 pages APA formatted article: Witch Doctors of Haiti.
Complete 5 pages APA formatted article: Witch Doctors of Haiti. This paper will try to clear up misconceptions and falsehoods about Haitian Vodou clergy.
Haitian Vodou believes in one all-powerful being or God. There are many spirits in the Vodou religion. Good spirits and bad spirits can only be interceded by a Houngan or Mambo (Derby, 517). Spirits are called Iwa (Bout). The Iwa are lower deities or spirits. Worshipers or followers must appease different I was to enjoy their protection or favors (Bout). It was only dictated power or protection, not morality or salvation. Houngans and Mambos help followers deflect bad I was and gain protection or power from good I was.
Houngans and Mambos charge small fees for their services. Honest Houngans and Mambos charge only enough to live on. However, Haiti is an impoverished country. Many crooked Houngans and Mambos charge outrageous prices. These clergies give the missionaries the impression of a witch doctor. They will sell fake love potions or other services, knowing that people pay for good results or revenge. Instead of practicing their religion honestly, they lie for money. This dishonest Vodou clergy can be compared to fake Christian healers or Islamic Jihadists. They distort their religion for personal gain.
Vodou Houngans and Mambo’s primary purpose is to heal. “Such healing activities probably constitute 60% of all Voodoo activity. Healers heal with herbs, faith healing (with the help of loa and other spirits) and, today, even with western medicine!” (Corbett). Like with other religions, healing through herbs, prayer, and even conventional medicine is used in Haiti. Since Haiti is a poorer nation, many citizens cannot afford to see a medical doctor. An honest Houngan or Mambo will try to heal for what an individual can afford. Especially in the rural areas, Haitians turn to Vodou clergy when they fall ill. One author explains:
But Haiti, remember, is a poverty-stricken country with few doctors, and most of .those are beyond the peasants’ reach. .