Who Is Vodou "Good For"?
racinesansbout <racine125 <at> aol.com>
2003-03-30 18:25:16 GMT
Vodou is a religion, as we all know. It is the service of God
according to primarily African models. Vodou also encourages respect
for ancestors, and invites direct communication with spiritual energy.
Now, tell me - who does not benefit from the service of God? Who
should not respect their ancestors? Who is not empowered by the
ability to invoke and direct spiritual energy?
A person has a choice, they may choose Vodou or Santeria or yoga or
Wicca or evangelical Christianity or any other belief system. That
is their choice. If a person chooses a religion other than Vodou,
this does not mean that Vodou would not be "good for" that person, it
means that they have chosen another religion, which is also "good
for" them - at least in their view.
Some people would like other people to believe that "Vodou is not for
everyone" and that practicing the Vodou religion when it is "not for
you" is "potentially dangerous"! That's nonsense.
First of all, the vast and overwhelming majority of Haitians are
Vodouisants. Did God just mysteriously arrange it so that anyone
Vodou is "good for", just happened to be born in Haiti? No! There
are all sorts of Haitians, all different temperaments and so on, just
like there are all sorts of Americans. But again, most are
Secondly, each and every person on the face of the earth has at least
one lwa with them, their lwa met tet. Some people know who that lwa
is and serve it. Some know but don't serve, and some people just
plain don't know - but they have a lwa, all the same.