BELOW YOU WILL FIND INFORMATION ON:
Haitian Voodoo, the dominant religion of the country of Haiti is a religion pure and simply.
It is a religion just as Christianity, Judaism, Islam or Hinduism are. Yet it is often treated
not as a religion but as black magic, a superstition, even the cause of Haiti's misery.
This course will attempt to introduce the student to the religion as religion and to examine and dispell many of the false myths which exist in Hollywood movies and popular views of Haitian Voodoo.
We will read numerous pieces from Bob Corbett's web site on Haitian Voodoo and selected items found on other web sites devoted to Haitian Voodoo.
As you can see, the syllabus is not yet complete. However, the daily schedule (left column) is worked out in detail. I just have to detail the work and reading expectations. That's coming soon.
|Date||General Class Activity||Class||Assignments and Expectations|
|Tues Oct. 30||General introduction to the course and to both Haiti and Haitian Voodoo||1A||General introduction to the course and to both Haiti and Haitian Voodoo|
|Tues Oct. 30||Film: Waters of Sorrow. Documentary by Jacques Cousteau||1B||Film: Waters of Sorrow. Documentary by Jacques Cousteau|
|Tues Oct. 30||Conclusion of general introduction and discussion of the Cousteau film||1C||Conclusion of general introduction and discussion of the Cousteau film|
|Tues Nov. 6||Discussion of Corbett's paper: Introduction to Haitian Voodoo||2A||Read Corbett's paper: Introduction to Haitian Voodoo. Turn in assignment 1 which asks questions about the reading.|
|Tues Nov. 6||Film: Dreams of Democracy. Documentary by Jonathan Demme.||2B||Watch Demme film.|
|Tues Nov. 6||Conclusion of discussion of Corbett's paper, discussion of the Demme film and discussion of Corbett's second paper.||2C||Read Corbett's paper: Why is Haiti So Poor?. Turn in assignment 2 which asks questions about the reading.|
|Tues Nov. 13||Voodoo and Christianity: The Syncretism with Roman Catholicism||3A||Read: Short list of lwa, also read The short paper on historical notes about Haitian Voodoo|
|Tues Nov. 13||Two films: Michele and Haitian Pilgrimage||3B||Also read A list of the Catholic saints who match Haitian lwa There is now an added reading on Islamic Influences on Voodoo But no writing on that paper.|
|Tues Nov. 13||Voodoo and Christianity: Catholicism concluded and The Protestants since 1980.||3C||Assignment due on readings: Question of today's readings.|
|Tues Nov. 20||Voodoo and Healing: Discussion of Bonnie Thomas-Stevenson paper and Paul Brodwin thesis||4A||Read: Bonnie Thomas-Stevenson paper The written assignments for all three readings for tonightQuestions of today's readings.|
|Tues Nov. 20||Two films: Black Dawn and To Serve the Gods||4B||Also read: Bob Corbett's review of Paul Brodwin's book.|
|Tues Nov. 20||The Spelling of the name of the Haitian religion.||4C||Read: Bob Corbett's essay on the spelling of Voodoo.|
|Tues Nov. 27||The Priesthood and Ceremonies. The questions of hierarchy, uniformity, morality and theology||5A|
|Tues Nov. 27||Film: The Divine Horsemen. Also the beginnings of disucssion of Voodoo art.||5B||Hand in and prepare materials on art and or music|
|Tues Nov. 27||Discussion of possession||5C|
|Tues Dec. 4||Music and Art related to Haitian Voodoo: Discussion, images and sounds||6A||Hand in and prepare materials on art and or music|
|Tues Dec. 4||Film: Haitian Song||6B|
|Tues Dec. 4||Music and Art related to Haitian Voodoo: Discussion, images and sounds||6C|
|Tues Dec. 11||Petro Voodoo and Zombification||7A||Read: Corbett's notes on Serpent and the Rainbow and also read Corbett's review of Davis' "Passage" book.|
|Tues Dec. 11||Film: Legacy of the Spirit||7B||Read: Handout of internet discussion of Wade Davis' work.|
|Tues Dec. 11||Petro Voodoo and Zombification||7C||Read: How Are Zombies Made? Assignments for the 6th week.|
|Tues Dec. 18||Film: The Serpent and the Rainbow||8A||Film: The Serpent and the Rainbow|
|Tues Dec. 18||Discussion of the film: The Serpent and the Rainbow||8B||Discussion: The Serpent and the Rainbow|
Grading: While I will grade each individual assignment, the grade of the course will not be merely the sum of the individual grades. Rather, I will take into account an overall sense of quality in the general tone of one's work. However, the sum of one's individual grades will certainly be a strong indication of where one stands. In a rough sense the assigments will be valued in this fashion:
The grading for the Voodoo course will be progressive. That is, depending upon which grade you would like to earn you will be expected to do different things.
Three important additional notes:
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