Interview at Lakou Dewonvil Summary


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Interview at Lakou Dewonvil Summary
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Haitian Creole
Kreyòl Ayisyen
Hebblethwaite, Benjamin ( Videographer, Interviewer )
Benjamin Hebblethwaite
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Gainesville, FL
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Vodou -- Haiti   ( lcsh )
Religion   ( lcsh )
African diaspora -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Spirituality   ( lcsh )
Creoles -- Social life and customs -- Haiti   ( lcsh )
Creoles -- Religious life and customs -- Haiti   ( lcsh )
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Copyright 2014 Jean Baptiste, Raitano, and Hebblethwaite Funded by the UF Duke NEH Collaborative Grant Summary of Interview at Lakou Dewonvil !! Summar ized by Tahiri Jean Baptiste Edited by Megan Raitano and Ben Hebblethwaite Lakou Dewonvil focuses heavily on Banda, a ritual that includes Gede ceremonies. According to the m anbo Gede is a representation o f the birth of human beings. He represents birth, death, and sexuality all elements that deal with human existence and the life cycle. Additionally the Gede relay messages through their jokes and seemingly vulgar speech. Gede is with you when you are born and he is with you when you die. Death and life are seen not as separate concepts but as differing pha ses of a continuous cycle. The m anbo goes on to say that when a Vodouist dies the Gede guide them into the cemetery Mental illnesses ar e believed in Vodou to often have an origin. They can be the result of criminal act s injustice or other act s found undesirable by the Lwa. Like other Vodouists, the Vodouists at Lakou Dewonvil emphasize reciprocity between the Lwa and Vodouists and among Vodouists Consequently, punishments operate in much the same way. Someone who has committed a crime can expect a punishment of equal severity. Punishment s are handed out by the Lwa and are not to be undertaken by Vodouists According to the manbo t here are no gender inequalities in Vodou and this is seen at Lakou Dewonvil. A manbo is just as powerful as an oungan and both are equally respected. However, there are more women at Lakou Dewonvil due to the requirements of ceremonies. Women wear the necessary ritual clothing; they participate in call and response, and perform the dances. Additionally there is no homophobia at Lakou Dewonvil. This comes as a result of the transparency of Vodou; t he Lwa expose all secrets and lies. Keywords and te rms : Gede, Lwa. life cycle, death, sexuality, homosexuality, justice, reciprocity, gender, punishment,