Pat Robertson has become the headline in recent days, you can watch his statement on video (here) and his follow up response (here). Even more interesting to me is blog post Satan responds to Pat Robertson by Fr. James Martin, S.J. you can read it (here) for yourself.
What is all the talk about? Read the account Pat Robertson was referring to , hit the links they really do illuminate the story.
Toussaint l'Ouverture (painting to the right) made choice of his most intimate friends, Jean-François Papillon, George Biassou Boukman Dutty and Jeannot Bullet. The conspirators met and distributed roles. More cunning than the others, Jean-Francois won the first rank, Biassou the second, and Boukman and Jeannot, bolder, undertook to conduct the first movement. Toussaint reserved the role of intermediary between the plotters and engines secrets of the insurrection: he would also decide when it could be assured of the success of the company. We fabricated a false newspaper which reported that the king and the national assembly had granted slaves three days a week and the abolition of flogging, but the colonial assembly and poor whites did not want to run this Act France. A young Louiiuc color, candid, was won by Boukman, and then read this newsletter to slaves of the plain, meeting secretly, August 14, Housing Lenormand of Mézy at Morne-Rouge: the majority of slaves were gathered of commanders. Boukman announced that these conspirators are awaiting further troops from Europe who came to execute the laws of the metropolis, and then the slaves would rise to, that this performance might be lacking point, and that he would give the signal raising himself with the workshop on Housing Turpin he was one of the commanders. This information given to the imminent arrival of new troops were acting in concert with the slaves, was a trick of the chiefs of the famous conspiracy trick to decide the slaves because men still shy and afraid of force the power of their masters.
"Boukman also had recourse to the magical influence of fetishism. He led the credulous Wood named Cayman, located on Celtic habitation of Lenormand Mézy There, a priestess plunged the knife into the belly of a black pig, the victim jumped, blood flowed, the conspirators drank greedily. Kneeling Boukman took the terrible oath to lead the company, controlled by the oath priestess: assistants swore after him in the same attitude, follow and obey his wishes."The slave houses and Chabaud Lagoscette meeting on housing Lenorraand of Mézy, misunderstood the Boukmann explanations: in the evening they set fire to two houses. The uprising was started by the burning of these palaces high on corpses, and the rich harvest watered with the blood of these unfortunates. Or stopped some slave? who were executed promptly, as they feared the confession.
"Lùilin, August 22, at ten o'clock, Boukman, the intrepid Boukman began at the head of the workshop on Housing Turpin, led those homes Flaville and Clement, and marched on the house Noah . There the fire was put in boxes in an instant, the whole neighborhood Acul and that of Limbe were burning: all slaves rose up armed with torches, axes, sticks, knives, cufflinks, etc.. and all kinds of weapons they served. The whites who dared to resist were sacriflés; other designated hatred of slaves by their atrocities known, also died. In four days, one third of the northern plain offered a heap of ashes ... "
Translated from the original French with Google Translator read the original excerpt (here) from the book entitled, Études sur l'histoire d'Haïti: By Beaubrun Ardouin
Read more about Voodoo in Haiti (here), The author Fr. Joseph J. William, S.J. who is an expert in the subject.
Today's headline on zombies and voodoo priests.
The head Voodoo priest of Haiti Max Beauvoir is sickened by the desecration of dead bodies, as they are unceremoniously collected off of the city streets and hurled into mass graves. In a nation where many people practice Voodoo, the supernatural prospect of Zombies rising from the mass graves to prey on the living, is a real fear. Since a powerful earthquake flattened the poor Caribbean nation of Haiti into mounds of rubble on Tuesday, the shocked survivors have roamed the streets littered with rotting corpses and the overwhelming stench of death. In a nation without an infrastructure during the best of times, the earthquake has not only destroyed most of the buildings in the capital city, and killed tens of thousands of people; it also wiped out what little government existed. Haitian President Rene Preval is homeless and has taken up residence at the police station.
Link (here) to the full piece with pictures describing current voodoo practices in Haiti.
Photo is of a dump truck in Haiti unloading the bodies into a mass grave.