The Rectorate of the State University of Haiti (UEH) learned, with infinite sorrow the sad news of the death Friday, January 5, 2018 at his residence in Mariani, of the manbo (Voodoo Priestess) and Anthropology Professor Rachel Dominique Beauvoir, daughter of the deceased Ati National (Supreme Chief of Haitian Voodoo) Max Gesner Beauvoir.
“The Rectorate, on behalf of the university community, salutes the departure of this researcher and this eminent intellectual figure, who has contributed enormously to the development of studies on Haitian culture and on Voodoo
The Rectorate offers its condolences to her husband, Mr. Didier Dominique, Professor at the Faculty of Sciences, her family, colleagues, friends and fellow Vodouizan.”
Learn more about Rachel Dominique Beauvoir :
After studying cultural anthropology at Tufts University in the United States of America, in social anthropology at Oxford University in England, Rachel Beauvoir-Dominique taught anthropology and Haitian culture in two (2) entities of the State University of Haiti: the Faculty of Human Sciences (FASCH) and the Faculty of Ethnology (FE). She collaborated with the Vice-Rectorate for Research and participated in various research projects, including the research project on the history of ethnology in Haiti implemented by the Faculty of Ethnology and its research unit, the laboratory LADIREP.
Engaged politically in the battle against dictatorship in the 1980s, Rachel Beauvoir-Dominique was part of the contingent of young graduates who rushed to return to the country to help rebuild.
Voodoo Priestess, she was a vigilant defender of this popular religion, founder and active member of two Foundations dedicated to the preservation of Haitian cultural traditions.