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...
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....