Haiti’s pact with the devil? Bwa kayiman, haitian protestant views of vodou, and the future of haiti

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Abstract

This essay uses ethnographic research conducted among Haitian Protestants in the Bahamas in 2005 and 2012 plus internet resources to document the belief among Haitian Protestants (Haitians who practice Protestant forms of Christianity) that Haiti supposedly made a pact with the Devil (Satan) as the result of Bwa Kayiman, a Vodou ceremony that launched the Haitian Revolution (1791–1803). Vodou is the syncretized religion indigenous to Haiti. I argue that this interpretation of Bwa Kayiman is an extension of the negative effects of the globalization of American Fundamentalist Christianity in Haiti and, by extension, peoples of African descent and the Global South.

Original languageEnglish
Article number464
JournalReligions
Volume10
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2019

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Keywords

  • Bahamas
  • Christianity
  • Globalization
  • Haitians
  • Human Rights
  • Protestants
  • Vodou

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies

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