“Self Hate Will End… When Knowledge of Self Begins. However Long The Night – The Dawn Will Break”
The word derives from an Ayizo word referring to “Mysterious Forces or Powers that govern the world and the lives of those who reside within it, but also a range of artistic forms that function in conjunction with these Vodou energies. In the historical consciousness of the Haitians Vodou has an extraordinary meaning and as well played a role in Bois Kayiman, and in the ensuing revolution. This has made the Vodou into a kind of national religion of Haiti. Thus today Vodou has a certain military symbolism, which is not found in other Afro-American religions.
In Haiti, practitioners occasionally use “Vodou” to refer to Haitian religion generically, but it is more common for practitioners to refer to themselves as those who “serve the spirits”