Monday, April 7, 2014

Voodoo

I'm starting off our tour today of the Museum of History with two temporary exhibits that were going on. This first one was ending in late February. It dealt with voodoo, or vodou, as it's also called, that peculiar mix of African religion and Catholicism particularly centered in Haiti. There were relics spread throughout this area, religious artifacts and ritual items, along with explanations of the development of the belief system. I found myself feeling rather uneasy walking through this exhibit area. Maybe it was the presence of the skulls.





More from this exhibit tomorrow.


34 comments:

  1. I certainly would have felt uneasy in the presence of skulls, William! This is a fascinating exhibit, and I especially love the last photo.

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  2. A long time ago, when the world was flat, I had a job as a dental assistant. I was in the back room cleaning and sorting boxes and came across one with a skull. Turned out it was real. From some tribe somewhere. Still with teeth.

    I still remember that day, when I asked the doctor and he confirmed it was real. I said, "This is a real life dead skull."

    And it was.

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  3. I went to an exbhibition about voodoo a few years back in Brittany, it was fascinating and gave me the shivers...

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  4. Sort of creepy... but I can't wait for more!

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  5. Creepy is definitely the word. I can't wait to see if the exhibit includes GHW Bush's economics.

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  6. I didn't even know that voodoo had Catholicism mixed into it. The exhibit might creep me out, too, but I'd still find it absolutely fascinating!

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  7. You remind me of the babe
    What babe? babe with the power
    What power? power of voodoo
    Who do? you do
    Do what? remind me of the babe

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  8. Linda: thank you.

    Whisk: that would creep me out!

    Ciel: I had it once touring a former jail that is now museum space. I felt like I was being watched.

    Halcyon: more to come!

    Stuart: unfortunately not!

    Weekend: thank you.


    Hilda: it is quite peculiar that way.

    Revrunner: either that is a lyric or a Laurel and Hardy bit.

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  9. That's quite a collection. I don't know a lot about Voodoo, but when I was teaching school in South Florida, we had a number of kids from Haiti. In one geography class, a young lady decided she didn't like me (I made her sit still and stop talking) so she brought a voodoo doll to class, all stuck with pins, to scare me. It didn't work.

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  10. I'd find it very interesting

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  11. i understand the uneasiness. :)

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  12. Yeah, it would spook me a little too. Interesting though. MB

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  13. Definitely scary, but absolutely fascinating. It is a very interesting subject also without believing that it is something a lot of people believe in.

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  14. Much of history is violent. Violence is something that the winners write about or try to hide, but it is there. Fascinating.

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  15. @Lowell: I've got an idiot ex-brother-in-law I used to think of using a voodoo doll on

    @Luis: and creepy!

    @Mo: museums have that effect on me. I can be quite happy in them.

    @Tex: it does tend to be the exception rather than the rule, fortunately!

    @MB: thank you!

    @VP: it's a belief system I don't understand, but it has a lot of history.

    @Mari: that's quite true.

    @Jennifer: I find it odd that I've never felt the same way around mummies, which I'm completely comfortable with.

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  16. That artifact in the top photo alone would make me feel a bit uneasy.

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  17. I would have felt uneasy too!

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  18. This looks like something a little different. Scary :).

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  19. what an interesting exhibit...i find voodoo fascinating!

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  20. I'd be feeling a bit uneasy in there!

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  21. That's so neat. I find voodoo very interesting. Of all the museums I've been too, I can't say I've ever seen an exhibit like that.

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  22. Yes, this is a little creepy. I didn't know that Catholicism was mixed in, too. All I know about it is that there's malevolent intent. I wonder: is there anything positive mixed in, too?

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  23. @Sharon: wait til you see tomorrow.

    @Linda: it's seeming to be the common reaction.

    @Lauren: well, after tomorrow we get into something much more pleasant.

    @Tanya: I find myself thinking of Live Or Let Die.

    @RedPat: I did keep looking over my shoulder!

    @Krisztina: this was an unusual exhibit!

    @Kay: there are positives to it, but we just tend to get it associated with a lot of negatives.

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  24. I think it is very interesting! I always love going in the voodoo shops when I visit the French Quarter in New Orleans. Looking forward to seeing more from this exhibit!

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  25. That's a fascinating, but creepy exhibition. Specially the first shot is great.

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  26. North Americans tend to see skulls and death as being creepy. Not all cultures see this the same way, that's for sure. Me? I'm very North American. ;)

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  27. Yeah, I don't much like voodoo or skulls!

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  28. I think that you needed a companion to give you courage. Fascinating stuff!

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  29. A voodoo exhibition. You do find unusual things to cover.

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  30. Brave of you to go through all these! :)

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