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Voodoo and Politics in Haiti - Michel S. Laguerre

Voodoo and Politics in Haiti

Hardcover Published: 15th May 1989
ISBN: 9780333468524
Number Of Pages: 152

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This analysis examines the interplay between the Voodoo church and the complexity of Haitian politics from the colonial period to the post Papa Doc and Baby Doc Duvalier era. The author attempts to reveal the strategic role played by Voodoo ideology and cult leaders during the Haitian Revolution. The study further documents the transformation of maroon (fugitive slaves) organizations into secret societies after the independence of the colony from France. During the 20th century Voodoo is found to be central to Haitian politics, especially during both Duvalier adminstrations, since some notorious Tontons Macoutes were also Voodoo priests.

Preface - Introduction: Religion and Politics - The Evolution of Colonial Voodoo from African to Slave Religions - Marronage and Voodoo - Revolutionary Voodoo Leaders - Secret Societies - Pilgrimage, Voodoo and Politics - Politics and Voodoo During the Duvalier Era - Public Policies and National Prospects - Notes - References Cited - Index

ISBN: 9780333468524
ISBN-10: 033346852X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: 15th May 1989
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 2