Firstly, we will begin from a position of respect. This is non-negotiable. While much of western media has distorted the reality of Vodoun to fit its agenda of Haiti as a superstitious cesspool of sacrifice and bloodlust, this piece will remain open to the real-world implications of a black religion. If it is violent, consider why the world in which it is practiced is also violent. If it is indeed superstitious, consider what kinds of baseless superstitions the world still holds about Haitians. Perhaps this piece will have more questions than answers, but it will certainly ask them with the implicit respect one would give Christianity, Judaism or Islam. Belief is sacred.
This is a small list but hopefully it highlights some misconceptions. For me, writing and reading about the diaspora has been an eye-opening experience from the prejudices I hold, to the fallacies that I’ve taken as truth. Please keep these five things in mind when trying to engage or research with others about Vodoun. As this is only an introduction with cursory knowledge, you can expect a more thorough analysis in the future. I encourage you to check out the footnotes for further reading to see where we get our information from. If you have further knowledge of Vodoun and would like to offer feedback, suggestions or insight, please feel free to comment on our Facebook page. We love to hear from our readers!
- S. R. Hallmen
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 VOODOO, ZOMBIES, AND MERMAIDS: U.S. NEWSPAPER COVERAGE OF HAITI. By: Potter, Amy E., Geographical Review, 00167428, Apr2009, Vol. 99, Issue 2;
 Dayan, Joan. "Vodoun, Or The Voice Of The Gods." Raritan 10.3 (1991): 32. Academic Search Premier. Web. 21 Jan. 2017.
 Pinn, Anthony B. Varieties of African American Religious Experience. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1998. Print.