Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Haiti and CARIFESTA : Fairyland of Voodoo Drums and Strange Ritual Dance
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Title: Haiti and CARIFESTA : Fairyland of Voodoo Drums and Strange Ritual Dance
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Hunter, Oliver
Publisher: Sunday Chronicle
Publication Date: 6/25/1972
 Subjects
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Caribbean
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Funding: Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00199661
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA I 1972

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and
Thqe who knew, say that
to the lovable Haitian people,
Voodoo means many beautiful
and strange but wonderful
things .... in fact means
everything.
And it is in "Black Ballet"
and rhythms of the
aftaworld; in Damballa dance
ritual and voodoo movements
otrayed by the National
Bglet Company led by Lavinia'
Williams that the beauty of
the Haitian culture will come,
to life for the CARIFESTA
audience.
Indeed any troupe that can
tell the world in rippling
frenzied movements that
voodoo is an attitude of the
.people towards life and death,
a concept of ancestor and the
fterworld, an understanding
.of the forces which. control
man and his activities ...that
it has its meanings, subtle'
meanings beyond and above
de understanding of enquiring
scientific minds. has to be the
troupe led by Laiinia
Wiliams
Few know about the origin
of voodoo. Few know that
though it was brought from
Africa across the seas, it also.
contains nuances of. the


Haiti





Carifesta


txrt9 IndianMwho oqhflny
Inhabited lipasiiola, pat of
which is now HaitL .
But to really understand
voodoo we must go lak to
'the times of the coming of'the
African peoples to Hipaniola.
Like Colombus and the'
SConquistadors they brought'


their gods to the New World,
And the gods they bu
,were many. For each ad
more than one% d ind:thevrr
.wte some bO tribe'whicb
were carried to Hispan=ola.
Since all of thews tri6e
came from West Africa tiey


all reflected the same type of
relagous belief There were
striking shimaries i the se
of the drums, song, and
dancing in the religious ritual
and -ancstral worship. They
ll believed In the posesaio
' of the worshipper by the god


LACOtUMWE DE-MAIS.
CoMuble nean co-oper
five work amog the Hal-
fan comryma Tl hey, say
it des Ided from African
commmal tbor societies,
sucb as that known i
Dahomey by the amme of
"Dakwwe."

sprinled with the blood of a
sacrificed chicken.
If there is one tbing that
will come out of CARIFESTA
is the fact that people will
become more aware of the
.altmes of the may peopless
Uf the Carilacam and Latin
For one -ing may people
wil now et a better idea of
the cattre of the Haiian
people. Moe people wil
understand for example the
reason why the Haitian people
sea-k with great Isc ce of
Jambala Wedo
This God, to them, coms
as a make, slippery and swift,
plunging at Onc into the
sad wiaes pieparnd for
him, and thea writh,
The rei was ihat the
IdR-tks of bthe astr
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A FAIRYLAND OF



VOODOO DRUMS



AND STRANGE



RITUAL DANCE


dieties of the others and gods
like 6goun of the warlike
Nagos tribe .became powerful
in Haiti Therefore out of
many gods emerged Voudoun
(the supreme god) which.is
dripping and 'inarticulate,
upon the ground or mounts a
tree where he lies in the high


made up of spirits (loa) of all
the nations that came to Haiti
In essence every voodoo
ceremony is the worship of
one of these ancestral spirts.
It is the feast of song and
dance until the ancestral spirit
is pleased and possesses the
body of the worshipper who is


S by OLIVER HUNTER
branches as a primordial National Ballet Comapny
souWe of all life and wisdom, Haiti Even dances like
making his signs and gestures Danse "Ibo" which express
of 'benediction; when he thecynicism of the Ibo tribe
speaks it is barely intelligible Nigeria, are. portrayed. It
hisftng said that the Ibos refused
STo the people, Damballa be subjected to slave
along with his mate Ayida, are preferring to commit suici
patrons of the waters of the Many are the accounts
heavens and represents sexual how these Ibos would meet
totality. Damballa a particular place and time a
encompasses the cosmos as a conqmit suicide together. T
'serpent coiled around the belief was that after dea
world. they would return together
The egg-the world egg is- their homeland across the sec
the special symbol for the Suicide
Damballa worshipper... and I
the egg is the particular In fact every voodoo dan
the egg is the particular is a dance that is done to c;
offering to Damballa. Millions tht is doe to
the gods from the shores
have been offered to him. He Africa and it is the vood
drinks them all, crushing the drums that make them rush
shell with his teeth ... so the H ti hat i there a
Haitpeople say. That is why the
people say. i l


History

Along with Damballa there
are Bdessy the wind, Sobo and
Agarou Tonerre the thunder,
all dieties of the elements
bringing back strong
connotations of another time
now forgotten when the gods'
ruled the elements. And by
invoking these gods today, the
Haitian voodoo worshippers
virtually stretch their hands
back across time to gather up
all of their history in a solid
contemporary ground beneath
their feet.
All of these ceremonies
have been put to dance that
people can understand by the


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gods; and if the drums lose
their sacredness through foul
touch they become dumb and
would not be heard by the
gods. That is why drums are
'kept in sacres places. .. a
thing not to be touched by
women.
Haiti will add a special
touch to CARIFESTA.
-Everyone of the 31 countries
.participating in this cultural
exposition will create an
awareness of people.
CARIFESTA, to be held from
August 25 to September 15, is
about people and nations
whether they are the
Hindustanis of Surinam or
the strange and captivating
Hatians of Haiti __




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