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Haiti quake raises fears of child-eating spirits

January 28, 2010
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Children in a homelss camp in Port-au-Prince, 27 Jan 2010/Eduardo Munoz

The earthquake that shattered Haiti has unleashed fears that child-eating spirits, mythological figures entrenched in Haitian culture, are prowling homeless camps in search of young prey.

The ‘loup-garou,’ which means ‘wolf man,’ is similar to werewolf legends in other parts of the world, but in Haitian folklore it is a person who is possessed by a spirit and can turn into a beast or even a dog, cat, chicken, snake or another animal to suck the blood of babies and young children.

Haitians fear loups-garous in the best of times and even more since a powerful earthquake wrecked the capital of Port-au-Prince two weeks ago, killing as many as 200,000 people and forcing hundreds of thousands more to sleep outside in vast camps or on the streets.

Most of Haiti’s 9 million people are Roman Catholics but many also practice voodoo, a religion with African roots.  The belief in loups-garous cuts across religious identity and is most strongly adhered to among Haiti’s poor, which are the majority in the most impoverished country in the western hemisphere.

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In light of all the challeges of the past Haiti and the world has suffered a gaping wound. Everytime this much lose of life the world hurts. We must all be aware of this lost of souls affects all of us. In our life time we have wittnessed hell on all its levels. And always its the souls of the children of that Great Mother Africa. She cries for the children. She has always known the perils her children would face. She prepared them she made the strong she put the spirit of God in them. We have always been a people that beleived in the cycle of life. Its our children that bring

the souls of our ancestors back. Without knowing the past it is impossible to have a future. We all know Haiti’s contrabutions to western civilizaton. These Humans are the desendents they are the offsprings.

About 4ooyrs ago on the west coast of Africa there was a people that cried in the ocean. They said the tears would bless the souls of the children that was lost on the journey and the tears would wash upon the shores of this world and we would be the children to remember them. In order for one to re-member, its what makes us whole.

The soul reason for this is to try an awake our responsability, to enlighten the whole thought process thats about to take place as the world attempts to deal with one million children that has nothing and no guardinship. I know aid is pouring into the island nation. Its going to take a exodus. These children have to be put into the hands of God. A new type of understanding has to be implemented. A holocaust has occured. Blood has poured over the grounds we can’t forget this sacrifice. If one is to beleive that the earthquake was a act of God then one should know only God can fix this.
Posted by ReD at 6:32 PM
Labels: God and Haiti

Posted by ReD2515 | Report as abusive
 

These “souls” and “God” concepts that you speak of are about as real and scientific as the wolf-men that these people think are stalking their children! Hah!

Posted by sameesh | Report as abusive
 

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