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The Color of Christ in Haiti
Journal of Africana Religions (2014)
  • Elizabeth McAlister
Abstract
Haiti is an officially Roman Catholic country, and the popular religion
of Vodou incorporates many Catholic elements. Why, then, is Jesus
Christ relatively deemphasized in both traditions, while Mary and
the countless saints and spirits have a greater presence in the religious
lives of most Haitians? This article delves into the Roman Catholic
and Kongolese Catholic history of Haiti to explore why Jesus Christ
is a relatively remote figure and why he is represented as white in a
Black-majority country.
Keywords
  • Haiti,
  • Vodou,
  • race,
  • Roman Catholicism,
  • Kongolese Catholicism,
  • Jesus Christ,
  • Virgin Mary
Publication Date
2014
Citation Information
Elizabeth McAlister. "The Color of Christ in Haiti" Journal of Africana Religions Vol. 2 Iss. 3 (2014) p. 409 - 418
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/elizabeth_mcalister/44/