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6754: Re: 6742: Re: 6734: Gays in Haiti (fwd)

From: C&C Henrius <carolineislands@hotmail.com>

I often hear you mentioning some period of sexual abstinance in your 
particular training.  Does anyone on the list know the roots of this 
practice?  I know there is a period of abstiance on a specific day each week 
for those commited (married) to Ezili, but those long periods of sexual 
denial sound so Christian to me...

C. Henrius

>From: Bob Corbett <corbetre@webster.edu>
>To: Haiti mailing list <haiti@lists.webster.edu>
>Subject: 6742:  Re: 6734:  Gays in Haiti (fwd)
>Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 03:28:04 -0600 (CST)
>From: Racine125@aol.com
>From: leonie hermantin <lhermantin@hotmail.com>
><<.."Benny"in Miami who had known since he was 12 that he was gay. ...a 
>voodoo ceremony where the kinfolk
>had gathered to cure this bewildered young man of his affliction.  Knowing 
>that his "condition" would bring shame to the family, my young friend 
>prayed very hard that those rites would rid him of his "evil ways". >>
>That sounds a lot more Protestant than Vodouisant to me.
>In fact, in Vodou we have a statistically higher percentage of gay members 
>than there are gay people in the general population, specifically because 
>Vodou does not in any way reject or stigmatize gay people.
>I have just at this moment concluded a kanzo in which two gay white men 
>attained the grade of Houngan sur point, and no one thought it 
>inappropriate.  They can't have sex for 41 days after the kanzo, but that 
>is the same for straight couples too.
>Peace and love,
>Bon Mambo Racine Sans Bout Sa Te La Daginen
>"Se bon ki ra" - Good is rare
>      Haitian Proverb
>The VODOU Page - http://members.aol.com/racine125/index.html
>(Posting from Jacmel, Haiti)

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