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3.08.2004

Aristide vs. Loa 

Aristide fell from power after breaking a contract between man & spirits. Or so many Haitian's believe according to an article posted on London's Weekly Telegraph.
Just as its flags, murals, shrines, rum, rattles and images of madonnas and saints lurk, invisible from the outside, in slum temples, the religion underlies each momentous event in the nation's history.

The rise and fall of Mr Aristide, its first democratically elected leader and an ordained Catholic priest who adopted as his symbol the cockerel, a voodoo icon, illustrates this. Mr Aristide, whose library contained many books on the national religion, was guilty of the voodoo equivalent of hubris and then struck down by its version of nemesis, several voodo priests said this week.
The vodun religion rules many aspects of Haitian life and has had a profound effect on its culture. It is very strong and old, derived from early African mythologies, and its deities (Loa) have have gained a strong hold on those who invoke them. In a culture so bound to its myths, it is entirely possible that Aristide betrayed them and was struck down for his hubris.

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