Donnerstag, 14. Oktober 2010

Anybody Voudou?

The bad weather is back (again), time for more indoor - exploring the nice coffee shops, cinemas and museums. A couple of months ago, when I was complaining and complaining about this horrible weather, a wise friend of mine outlined that, one of the reasons there are so many coffee shops - with wonderful cookies - might be the time, so I have to stop crying and start discovering this happy part of the city.

This week, I've been to see the Voudou exhibition in Dahlem. Not any kind of Voudu - I was, culturally speaking, familiar with the New Orleans type - but the one from Haiti, a place we remembered it is on the map recently, on the occasion of the terrible earthquake. This visit in the magic world of the Haitian voudou was interesting not only from the religious point of view, but also from the point of view of the political history of the country, as these magical practices were used as the background for movements fighting for the emancipation of the slaves, and, in our times, as a tool used against political opponents. A paradox, of course, as it is always when the magics are invading the political and public space.

And my short photographic memory of the exhibition, an incentive to see more for those interested in the world cultures.

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