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Crossing the Water and Keeping the FaithHaitian Religion in Miami$
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Terry Rey and Alex Stepick

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814777084

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814777084.001.0001

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Beasts, Gods, and Transnational Transubstantiation

Beasts, Gods, and Transnational Transubstantiation

(p.189) Conclusion Beasts, Gods, and Transnational Transubstantiation
Crossing the Water and Keeping the Faith

Terry Rey

Alex Stepick

Archbishop Thomas Wenski

NYU Press

This concluding chapter states how the few scholars who have taken a holistic approach to religion in Haiti have reached conclusions that point toward underlying foundations to the Haitian religious triangle of forces—Catholicism, Vodou, and Protestantism. By applying Pierre Bourdieu's theory of practice, there exists a Haitian religious collusio which operates in similar ways across Haiti's three major religious traditions. Many Haitian immigrants believe that a successful quest for legal settlement in the United States requires religious belief and actions, or magic, luck, and benediksyon to remain healthy through it all. Differences among them aside, Haiti's religious traditions all respond to the existential needs rooted in enslavement and poverty, and this as much as anything has shaped the Haitian religious collusio.

Keywords:   Haitian religious collusio, Catholicism, Vodou, Protestantism, Pierre Bourdieu, Haiti, Haitian immigrants

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