Interview at Lakou Soukri Summary


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Interview at Lakou Soukri Summary
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This is the Haitian Creole transcription and English translation of an interview
Haitian Creole
Benjamin Hebblethwaite, Claire Payton, Tahiri Jean-Baptiste and Rose Laure Jean-Joseph
Benjamin Hebblethwaite
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Gainesville, Florida
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Caribbean Area, Haitian Vodou, Lakou Soukri Danach, Gonayiv   ( lcsh )


This PDF file provides the Haitian Creole transcription and the English translation of Hebblethwaite and Payton's interview of the Vodou priests, Sèvitè Pwofèt and Manbo Marikam, November 1, 2012, at Lakou Soukri Danach in Gonayiv, Haiti. This work was generously funded by the UF-Duke NEH Collaborative Grant.

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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Copyright 2014 Jean Baptiste, Raitano, and Hebblethwaite Funded by the UF Duk e NEH Collaborative Grant Summary of Interview at Lakou Soukri Summar ized by Tahiri Jean Baptiste Edited by Megan Raitano and Benjamin Hebblethwaite According to the Svit Lakou Soukri was established two hundred years ago during the colonial period. Svit (those who serve the Vodou Lwa) of Lakou Soukri are chosen in accordance to the wishes of the Lwa. It is an apolitical process that is not influenced by individual members of the homestead. The choice for Svit is presented to the Vodouists and the chosen individual by the Lwa through dreams Lakou Soukri specializes in the Kongo ritual. Vodou at Lakou Soukri has undergone some changes since the inception of the Lakou 200 years ago The rituals themselves have not changed, but the methods used to perform the rituals have unde rgone innovations. Politically, o fficial candidates utilize Vodou homesteads in search of strength. The Svit cites J ean Jacques Dessalines as one such politician Vodouists are not forced to vote for individuals aided by their homesteads Lakou Soukri fixates upon healing and herbal remedies They do not contemplate theological constructs like the Vodou concept of the ti bon anj and the gwo bon anj or the souls of individuals. They believe that these i ssues are best left to God and the Lwa. They place God above all entities saying that H e comes before the saints (i.e. the Lwa) God in the Vodou context is called Bondye or Olowoum. They believe in the Ten Commandments and live in accordance to its teachings. Lakou Soukri and its me mbers believe in God, good will, and the preservatio n of life. Though Vodouist may f eel pressure and prejudice from the Protestants in Haiti they remain firm in their beliefs. Keywords and terms : God, Olowoum ritual, innovation, homestead Lwa healing, Ten Commandments, Vodou