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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 16. What makes Vodou an Indigenous tradition?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43131


If indigeneity refers to “that which the earth generates of itself,” then we must reevaluate Vodou traditions as a store bank of indigenous Afro-Amerindian perspectives on sacred ecology, as Vodou’s intergenerational rites of obligation and libation bind communities to the land, and to each other. In these Anthropocenic times of amplifying climate change, the indigenous practice of Vodou offers fresh hope for creating sustainable, planetary futures.

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