My husband wanted to see “Vodou” at the Field Museum, and I did too. So, we went.
It was a pretty cool experience, learning about the Vodou of Haiti and seeing all the many different representations of lwa (spirits).
There are hundreds of different lwa’s (or spirit manifestations of Gran Mèt, the one Great Master) in the Vodou religion. To communicate with these spirits is to preserve ancestral knowledge & history and commune with the Gran Mèt’s active energies.
Here are a few more of my favorites from the exhibit. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you what they are. I didn’t take a photo of each title label.
It was interesting (and heart-breaking) to see the actual history (slavery and forced Catholicism) of Voudou versus the “hollywood portrayal” of evil and supernatural phenomenon.
Underneath the seemingly shocking imagery, I felt a sense of innocence and purity, culture, pride and celebration.
If you’re in the Chicagoland area, I’d recommend checking out “Vodou: Sacred Powers of Haiti”. There are over 300 different things to see and the show runs through April 26th. Go here for more information.