Haitian Vodou

Vodou is a syncretic religion that combines African beliefs veiled in Roman Catholicism. These African beliefs are predominantly from the religion of the FON people of the Dahomey region of Africa (the modern day nation of Benin). Vodou drumming, dance and music is central to the story of Haiti where Vodou is believed to have become standardized sometime between 1750 and 1790. Vodou’s rhythmic traditions, frequently mentioned in 1800’s descriptions of dances of Congo Square, can be found in the early dances of the eras of jazz and ragtime.