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Who Owns Haiti?People, Power, and Sovereignty$
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Robert Maguire and Scott Freeman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062266

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062266.001.0001

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Who Owns the Religion of Haiti?

Who Owns the Religion of Haiti?

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Who Owns Haiti?

Karen Richman

University Press of Florida

“Who Owns the Religion of Haiti?” demonstrates how a futile religious ‘war’ has been waged in pursuit of control over elusive doctrinal boundaries and dubious doctrinal fidelity in a persistently fluid, plural religious landscape. Since 1860, the Vatican and French Catholic Church have waged crusades to conquer the cultural life of the nation and retake control of Haitian Catholicism. A century later, Protestant missionaries from the United States embarked on their own campaigns to accumulate converts in the Haitian countryside. During twentieth century ‘anti-superstition’ campaigns against vodou, and more recent post-earthquake iterations of anti-vodou campaigns, there has been a constant battle waged in Haiti over religion. Throughout, Haitians utilize diffuse, localized, and family-based features to provide a measure of immunity to the colonizing designs of religious crusaders.

Keywords:   Catholicism, Haiti, Protestant, Missionaries, Vodou, Religion, Converts, Earthquake, Anti-superstition

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