Haiti’s supreme voodoo leader vowed “war” on Wednesday after Evangelicals attacked a ceremony organized by his religion honoring those killed in last month’s massive earthquake.
The attack on Tuesday in the capital’s sprawling Cite Soleil slum came with religious tensions rising, as Protestant Evangelicals and other denominations recruit in the wake of the earthquake that killed more than 200,000.
“It’s unfortunate that at this moment where everybody’s suffering that they have to go into war. But if that is what they need, I think that is what they’ll get.”
The quake also left more than a million homeless and left much of the capital and surrounding areas, in this Caribbean nation of more than nine million, in ruins.
Police said a pastor urged followers to attack the ceremony, resulting in a crowd of people throwing rocks at the voodoo followers.
Rosemond Aristide, police inspector in Cite Soleil, said he has since spoken with the pastor, who agreed to allow voodoo ceremonies to take place there.
However, Aristide could not explain why no arrests were made nor provide further details.
Beauvoir claimed hundreds of Protestant Evangelicals along with other people they hired attacked the ceremony, causing a number of injuries.
About half of Haiti’s population is believed to practice voodoo in some form, though many are thought to also follow other religious beliefs at the same time.
The religion — whose practitioners often use the vodou spelling as opposed to the Westernized version — is deeply rooted in Haitian culture.
A voodoo priest named Boukman has been credited with setting off the country’s slave rebellion in the late 18th century.
Voodoo has suffered a number of pogroms over the years. However, nothing will ever remove this religion from Haitian life. There is an old saying’ 100 percent of the country is Catholic, while 90 percent is Voodoo”…or is it 100 percent of the country is Voodoo and 90 percent Catholic?” Whatever it is the comments are close to the truth, except for the other added factor of the Protestant church.
The traditional religion will always be there.