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Reims 2012, Dany Leriche

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The only belongings that slaves were allowed to take with them, as they were leaving their great kingdoms of West Africa, were their gods. They smuggled them out to the sugar plantations in Haiti and Brazil. There, under the effect of forced Christianization, syncretic religions were formed, assimilating God the Creator with Mawu, the Catholic saints with orixas, and the multitude of lesser deities with the elements of natural phenomena.

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