Vodou: a continuation of the 18th century Kongolese religion?

Frater Vameri



Painting by Capuchin Friar Bernadino D´ Asti showing a wedding in Kongo around 1750.

Figure taken from: https : //news.yale.edu/2019/03/05/art-historian-cecile-fromont-uncovers-kongos-christian-visual-culture

Hein Vanhee reminds us that it is widely believed that the greatest cultural contribution to Vodou was from the West African Coast, mainly because much of the current Vodou vocabulary can be traced to that region. However, he also reminds us that some scholars like Blier and Thompson see Central African heritage in Vodou. In this context, we do not know exactly what weight to give to which inheritance - and if it it is a thing we should worry about. In any case, more recent studies, such as those by Geggus, point to a majority of Bantus slaves in São Domingos, therefore, trying to understand the contribution of these men and women is fundamental.


Vanhee disputes the notion that the Catholic elements in Vodou are the product of creolization - that is,