Afro-Caribbean

Haitian Vodou Exhibition

October 21, 1998

Source: Newsday

On October 21, 1998, Newsday reported on an exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History entitled, "Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou." The exhibition, which runs through January 3rd, has come to New York as the last stop of a two-year tour. With more than 500 objects, it is the "most exhaustive exhibition ever devoted to the artifacts of voodoo." Vodou art "sanctifies the ordinary" such that mundane objects, like Coke bottles and tin cups, can be transformed into devotional objects. Vodou, which fuses the beliefs and practices of...

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Health Risks May Be Associated with use of Mercury in Religious Practice

January 1, 1997

Source: American Journal of Public Health

In the January 1996 edition of the American Journal of Public Health, a letter to the editor was published that stated, "As providers of community health and mental health services in underserved areas, we recognize the public health threat of dispensing mercury. However, we recommend also that the dangers of mercury be sensitively separated from the social-psychological benefits of spiritualism. In inner-city Hispanic communities, espirtismo is an indigenous source of community socialization and support....

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