African Traditional Religion : Boukman’s Prayer

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    Djab la di l ap manje m, se pa vre: Boukman's Prayer

    Haitian spiritual: "Ogou oooo, wa dèzanj, djab la di la manje
    mwen se pa vre. Se pa vre Timoun yo, se pa vre. Sa se blag Timoun yo, sa se jwet.
    Gen Bon Dye, geyen lè sen yo. Djab la di l ap manje nou, se pa vre....."

    Prayer: Boukman’s Prayer

    Boukman's Prayer shows basic Haitian wisdom: we are what we stand for,
    what we fight for, what the Ancestors fought for. Boukman’s Prayer not
    only outlines the sacred wisdom of Vodun, that we are our actions not words.
    But sets the tone for why Haitians choose Africa over Europe in Haiti; why
    Haitians chose Africa over Europe's philosophy of God.

    Vodun confronted the European colonizers with a philosophy infinitely more
    humanistic than theirs: rejecting slavery as immoral and evil, it chose freedom
    for all human beings, morality, righteousness, social cohesion and co-existence
    as the highest good on the planet. This is reflected in many ways, but no better
    than in Boukman's prayer.

    Boukman's Prayer:

    The God who created the earth, who created the sun that gives us light.
    The God who holds up the ocean, who makes the thunder roar. Our God
    who has ears to hear. You who are hidden in the clouds, who watch us from
    where you are. You see all that the white has made us suffer. The white
    man's god asks him to commit crimes. But the God within us wants to do good.
    Our God, who is so good, so just, He orders us to avenge our wrongs. It's He
    who will direct our arms and bring us the victory. It's He who will assist us.
    We all should throw away the image of the white man's god who is so pitiless.
    Listen to the voice for liberty that sings in all our hearts.


    -- Boukman's Prayer at the Bwa Kayiman Vodun ceremony, the August 14, 1791 call
    to action that launched the Haitian Revolution, which started on August 22, 1791.
     
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    Dutty Boukman (Boukman Dutty) was a Jamaican born houngan, or vodoun priest who conducted a religious ceremony in which a freedom covenant was affirmed[1], this ceremony is considered a catalyst to the slave uprising that marked the beginning of the Haïtian Revolution.

    Background
    Boukman Dutty was a self educated slave born on the island of Jamaica, his first name on the island means "book man", his last name means "dirty". He was later sold by his British master to a French plantation owner after he attempted to teach other Jamaican slaves to read, who put him to work as a commandeur (slave driver) and, later, a coach driver. His French name came from his English nickname, "Book Man," which some scholars have interpreted as meaning that he was Muslim since even in Africa a Muslim was referred to as a "man of the book": "It is likely that Boukman was a Jamaican Muslim who had a Koran, and that he got his nickname from this."

    Ceremony at the Bois Caïman

    In August 1791, Boukman presided in the role of houngan (priest) together with an African-born priestess and conducted a freedom ceremony at the Bois Caïman and prophesied that the slaves Jean François, Biassou, and Jeannot would be leaders of a resistance movement and revolt that would free the slaves of Saint-Domingue. A pig, which symbolized the wild, free, and untameable spiritual power of the forest and the ancestors, was sacrificed, an oath was taken, and Boukman and the priestess exhorted the listeners to take revenge against their French oppressors and "[c]ast aside the image of the God of the whites."

    According to the Encyclopedia of African Religion, "Blood from the animal, and some say from humans as well, was given in a drink to the attendees to seal their fates in loyalty to the cause of liberation of Sainte-Domingue." A week later, 1800 plantations had been destroyed and 1000 slaveholders killed. Boukman was not the first to attempt a slave uprising in Saint-Domingue, as he was preceded by others, such as Padrejean in 1676, and François Mackandal in 1757. However, his large size, warrior-like appearance, and fearsome temper made him an effective leader and helped spark the Haitian Revolution.

    Death and legacy
    Boukman was killed by the French in November, just a few months after the beginning of the uprising.[10] The French then publicly displayed Boukman's head in an attempt to dispel the aura of invincibility that Boukman had cultivated.

    Haitians honored Boukman by admitting him into the pantheon of loa (Vodou spirits

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutty_Boukman
     
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    Apparently, this is part of the agreement they failed to heed....many (well some) still have those white/nonblack "deity" images of Mary, Jesus, et. al as part of their shrines and altars. I wonder what percentage make the connection.





     
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    WIKIPEDIA IS NOT A SOURCE!!!!!!
     
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    That is debatable. At any rate, they need to get rid of those nonblack images and statues on those shrines and altars----that much I know. If it doesn't reflect the powerful, original blackness they see in the mirror, then they don't need to be paying homage to it---that is bound to be a huge part of what's wrong.
     
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    THE IMAGES ARE NOTHING, THEY JUST SYMBOLS, THIS IS BEYOND THE LOW LEVEL MINDSET OF BLACK VS WHITE
     
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    Haven't you heard??....'low level' is 'human' concept. ;) Besides, if the images are 'nothing', then getting rid of them shouldn't be a problem.
     
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    The Images where introduced as a cover otherwise they would have been killed..keeping the images as is, a way to honor their ancestors who gave thier all to preserve the religon.
     
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    I will never understand why an Afrikan would use YTpedia. It is so obviously a part of the white status quo.
     
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    I understand and respect the history, but the philosophy behind keeping them alive is something else. For me, it's no different than walking into a Black church and seeing white Jesuses plastered all over the place; there is undue energy being given to that, and it would have to be playing with the subconscious mind at some level. We adopted a lot of habits to survive during times of overt oppression; and while it may not be advisable to criticize our ancestors for doing what they felt they needed to THEN, we, NOW, have an obligation to take it to the next level and restore our dignity. Otherwise we keep floundering at the same level of unnecessary struggle and low self-respect----this isn't why, in my mind, the ancestors would have fought to keep the tradition. But, I'll investigate for myself. Thanks for the input though.
     
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