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#2541: Dolls in Voodoo : A reply to Bell (fwd)

From:  <avrussell@hotmail.com>

Keywords: Vodou

According to my sources, vodou dolls ARE used legitimately, but not in all 
of the rites.  Congo rites are the only ones that use the dolls in certain 
rituals.  Rada and Petro rites do not use the dolls for these same rituals 
but rather have other props.

My friend also tells me that the reason that nothing happened to you when 
you picked up the doll is because the doll wasn't meant for you.  Had it 
been, something would have happened to you.


Anne Russell

>From: Robert Corbett <bcorbett@netcom.com>
>To: Haiti mailing list <haiti@lists.webster.edu>
>Subject: #2496: Dolls in Voodoo : A reply to Bell
>Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000 15:11:35 -0800 (PST)
>     The whole sticking pins in dolls thing is a crock as far as Haitan 
>   >>
>Several years ago while walking along a gravel trail near Gonaves, I opened 
>piece of tattered cloth that was lying at a junction of two such trails.
>Inside I found two feathers, a rock, a glob of some kind of wax like 
>and a doll shped figure made of cloth and string and stuffed with sand.  My
>Haitian friend and confidant was quite visbly disturbed and told me it wasa
>thing of evil left for me because I had been treating a child who was
>supposedly cursedand that I should not have opened it.  I returned it as 
>I could to the state I found it in and replaced it where the trail went up
>the mountain to LaCoup.  Later that evening when we returned to the 
>I heard my friend talking to other students and could tell that he was
>describing the doll.  I don't know anything more about it nor have I 
>any ill effects that I am aware of.  Any feedback?

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