“Synkretizm: A Mountain Thinking the River Fire.”

EXCERPT:

Voodoo, with its mix of West African mysticism and French Catholicism, plays a vital role in the lives of Haiti’s rural poor, but it gets a bad rap elsewhere. For the faithful, the communion of saints and shamans offers even the most piteous peasant his own sliver of paradise. But to outsiders, voodoo only conjures up images of curses, chicken blood and pin-pricked rag dolls.

Voodooists’ personal spiritual journeys the religion’s name is derived from the Creole wordsvou (“introspection”) and dou (“into the unknown”) begin and end with drums. Because they are viewed as conduits to the supernatural, practitioners treat these instruments with intense reverence. During ceremonies, people kiss the ground in front of the drums, which are often treated like members of the family or better by their owners.

Read the entire review at The Japan Times Online .

"Synkretizm: A Mountain Thinking the River Fire" | The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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