“Living Vodou”

On Being
American Public Media
February 4, 2010

Krista Tippett, host

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith and Claudine Michel, guests


The word “Vodou” evokes images of sorcery and sticking pins into dolls. In fact, it’s a living tradition wherever Haitians are found based on ancestral religions in Africa. We walk through this mysterious tradition — one with dramatic rituals of trances and dreaming and of belief in spirits, who speak through human beings, with both good and evil potential.

[Excerpt from and full audio available at “Living Vodou.” On Being with Krista Tippett. February 4, 2010.]