Posted by djaloki on April 9, 2008
Honor and Respect.
This article is a contribution to the efforts of information and education of the general public already undertaken by others about the Vodou worldview. Vodou can be described as an ancestral religion practiced today by more than a hundred million people in Africa and in the Americas. I will briefly present some of the basic tenets of the Vodou worldview and the history of its demonization by religious and political European powers of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. I will also suggest that Vodou holds the potential for reconciliation between the great revealed Western and Eastern religions, advanced modern science and the Shamanic/animistic worldview. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by djaloki on April 9, 2008
- Sèvitè-Andezo (a symbolic code name) was a devoted Ayitian Vodou and baptized Catholic practitioner. As this Memorial Service is being written in his honor, about a year after his passing in 2007, the Catholic Church in Ayiti still refuses to offer complete funeral rites to some of its members because of their responsibilities and functions under their family Vodou traditions. Sèvitè-Andezo was one of them.
- This Interfaith Service may not actually be performed yet in the current dynamics between the Catholic Church and the Vodou community in Ayiti, but it is written in the hope that it will indeed be performed one day, in peace, mutual respect and solidarity between these two important spiritual traditions of the Ayitian people, for Sèvitè-Andezo or anyone else.
- This Memorial Service is co-presided by 3 officiating Ministers: a Vodou Manbo (or Vodou “Priestess”, necessarily a woman, as long as Roman Catholic Priests are exclusively males), a Catholic Priest (preferably Roman Catholic, since it was the denomination of Sèvitè-Andezo’s Christian faith), and an Interfaith Minister (female or male), who is also the overall coordinator of the whole event (this role can be delegated if desired).
- In this ceremony, the deceased person (Sèvitè-Andezo) is called: “the Remembered”.
- This service is performed preferably after all the classic funeral Vodou rites have been performed for the Remembered, typically the Desounen (Spirit Liberation, performed within the few hours or days after the passing, especially important for a Vodou Initiate) and the Wete Mò Anba Dlo (Removing the Dead from under the Water, performed at least a year and a day after the passing).
- The Vodou rite that most closely approaches the concept of a modern Memorial service is possibly the Manje Mò, or “Feeding of the Dead”, performed periodically after the “Removing of the Dead from under the Water”.
- The Order of Christian Funerals prescribes 3 consecutive funeral rites: the Vigil, or Wake Service, the Funeral Liturgy, including or not including a Funeral Mass with Eucharist, and the Rite of Committal. The Catholic Memorial Service is basically the Funeral Liturgy adapted to the fact that the body of the deceased is not present.
- This service contains elements of Vodou rites, mainly the Manje Mò, of the Catholic Funeral Liturgy, as well as Interfaith elements to create a cooperative and cohesive flow.
- It is a public ceremony performed in the presence of the Remembered’s relatives, community and friends. It is open to the greater public as well.
- For the purpose of this assignment, the service has been kept simple, focusing on the eulogy, but a much extended version may include full Catholic and Vodou ceremonies, with church choir and musical band, Vodou Sosyete (Society of Vodou Initiates, musicians, singers and dancers), drawings of Vèvè (Vodou sacred designs), family Vodou spirit flags and calling of family spirits into the body of the Vodou Initiates, plus slide shows and videos films…
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