Sunday, February 7, 2010

Voodoo 'supreme master': Believers are being discriminated against by Christians in Haiti

Haiti's "supreme master" of voodoo claims his fellow believers are not getting their share of relief aid in the ailing Caribbean nation.

"Evangelicals are in control and they take everything for themselves," Max Beauvoir told London's Telegraph on Monday.

The 75-year-old biochemist believes Christians in Haiti are taking food and supplies, and not allowing them to reach needy people outside Port-au-Prince.

"They take everything they get to their own people," he said, "and that's a shame."

Beauvoir's remarks come on the heels of supplies arriving in Mariani, a town outside Port-au-Prince, where hundreds of voodoo followers reside.

"It is the first delivery and it took a couple of weeks’ fight to get that for the voodoo people," he said.

Haiti's voodoo priests recently objected to mass burials for the thousands who died during the earthquake.

"The conditions in which bodies are being buried are not respecting the dignity of these people," Beauvoir said last week. "It is not in our culture to bury people in such a fashion."

More than half of Haiti's 9 million people are believed to practice voodoo. Some 80 percent are also Catholic.

sent in by Brother T Tex


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