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8009: Re: 7990: Haitian Vodou (Re: 7989 & 7988) (fwd)

From: Eugenio Matibag <ematibag@iastate.edu>

Theologically contradictory to Catholicism?  Catholicism describes a 
heavenly host of saints and angels, many of whom have undergone 
syncretization with the lwa.

God Almighty may take the form of the distant Bon Dieu but still has need 
of intermediaries, leaving it to Erzuli, Dom Pedro, Ogoun, etc. to manifest 
the divine presence in human form.

Diverse interpretations exist on the meaning of liturgical "texts," but 
Catholic prayer can serve to complement and possibly reinforce the power of 
vodou ritual.

At 05:44 PM 5/21/01 -0500, Bob Corbett wrote:

>From: amedard@gte.net
> > The Lord's Prayer, the Hail Mary, and the Apostles' Creed are said.
>I must admit that I know very little about Vodou, and so I very much 
>appreciate Bon
>Mambo Racine Sans Bout Sa Te La Daginen taking her time to educate others 
>about it.
>Voudou has to be theologically contradictory to Roman Catholic or other 
>practices since the Catholic / Christian church recognizes but one God 
>and, as I
>understand it, Voudou honors gods [lwa] other than that of the Catholic or 
>church.  Why is it that The Lord's Prayer, the Hail Mary, and the 
>Apostles' Creed are
>said in a Voudou ceremony?  How can being Catholic or otherwise Christian 
>not be
>theologically contradictory to Voudou, since Catholicism / Christianity 
>but one Omnipotent God?