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Haiti's cultural heritage on display in New Taipei

Haiti's cultural heritage on display in New Taipei

Taipei, May 23 (CNA) An exhibition featuring the Haitian Vodou religion is being held at a museum on the world's religions in New Taipei and is the latest effort by Haiti's embassy in Taiwan to promote the Caribbean country's culture. More than 300 Haitian artifacts on the country's traditional religion and its culture are on display at the "Vodou in Haiti" exhibition at the Museum of World Religions. It will run through until June 14. Haitian Vodou is a religion that combines African spiritual systems and Catholicism. On display at the exhibition are collections from Haiti's National Bureau of Ethnology and private collectors, as well as historical religious items discovered from ruins and debris in the wake of a magnitude 7 earthquake that devastated the country in 2010, organizers said. The exhibition has five sections, including the history of Haiti, the rituals of Vodou and religious items used to worship spirits subservient to the Supreme Creator that Vodouists believe in. At the exhibition, visitors can see an array of items for the altar, clothes and musical instruments used in a ritual to worship the spirits that the faithful believe will help convey their wishes to their Supreme Creator. The exhibition also displays a video on a religious ritual to help visitors learn more about Haiti's religion. The exhibition is a rare opportunity for Taiwanese people to learn more about Haiti, which has maintained diplomatic ties with the Republic of China (Taiwan) since 1956. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-17 00:22 GMT+08:00