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" Written and researched by Margaret Odrowaz-Sypniewska The purpose of this page is to give a very brief overlook of the religion called Voodoo as it exists in Haiti. This is a supplementary article to the series on the Polish in Haiti. As I have shown in my other articles, Poles ..."

Written and researched by Margaret Odrowaz-Sypniewska

The purpose of this page is to give a very brief overlook of the religion called Voodoo as it exists in Haiti. This is a supplementary article to the series on the Polish in Haiti.

As I have shown in my other articles, Poles can be found in many places around the world. Poles in Haiti has been a well-hidden fact in most history books. However, the descendants of these abandoned soldiers still remember. Perhaps the reason they were ignored was because they were considered "cowards" by the French. The Polish did not choose to fight this war, and most records confirm that they were taken on board ships by gunpoint. In this circumstance you can forgive those that deserted. They were fighting a morally wrong war. The Haitians had already been given their independence and then Napoleon decided to take it back for his regimes' own personal profits:

Napoleon did not count on the Africans fighting back with such vigor. - He did not count on his soldiers dying of yellow fever. - Remember in this age, the French did not even consider the Negro slaves human. - This is the same attitude the early explorers felt towards the Native American Indians.

White supremacy still reared its ugly head in times of erly colonialism. If you read the page called "The Lost Polish Brigades in Haiti" you will have read about Amon Fremon of Casales, Haiti. Amon was a Voodoo priest.

Some researchers thought that the word Voudou/Voodoo came from the French word Vaudois meaning "witchcraft," as they were called by the Waldensian heretics. Remember this would make sense because Haiti was a French possession, so they would have named this religion in French terms. However, other scholars think Voodoo is a West African corruption of the Yoruba word for "god." Voodoo as a religion was brought to Haiti by slaves from Dahomey (Mair, 234). The first humans to appear in the lands of Dahomey (Benin) were worshippers of the goddess Mawu-Lisa. Since that time, certain Christian rituals were incorporated into Voodoo, because of the missionaries who wished to eradicate these practices.

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