When you hear the word Vodou, what comes to mind? Zombies, evil spells, or dolls stuck with pins? In the upcoming exhibition Vodou: Sacred Powers of Haiti, look beyond these stereotypes and manufactured Hollywood images, and discover a vital spiritual and social force in the daily life of Haiti. Vodou reflects the Haitian collective remembrance of triumph over slavery, and honors the spirit of resistance that has sustained the country through centuries of hardship. Come stand among a legion of “Lwa,” or spirits, who vividly personify everything from love and sensuality to the courage of warriors. Experience the sights and sounds of a ritual possession ceremony, and get a rare look into the workroom of a Vodou secret society. Hear from practitioners themselves who share their own experiences and stories and encourage visitors to reflect on their own faith traditions. And see why Vodou remains a force today in the contemporary world beyond the borders of Haiti.
This exhibition was co-organized by the Canadian Museum of History and the Foundation for the Preservation, Enhancement and Production of Haitian Cultural Works in partnership with the Ethnography Museum of Geneva in Switzerland and the Tropenmuseum of the Netherlands.