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Eyeing Tourism, Haiti Battles Its Violent Reputation - HISTORY

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« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2008, 11:08:44 am »

Practitioners who claim that they do not feel fatigue after every possession, or who are possessed by more than one spirit without feeling tired, are charlatans.

They pretend to be possessed and act like they have the spirit on them without having any spirit present.

Some of these false practices are done by people who want the attention or importance, because those who are possessed do carry a high importance in the ceremony as the enlightened.

These practitioners with fake possession practice this by drinking to the point where their drunk-
enness creates a new character that is not recognized by others. Sometimes they pretend to have
the possession but with a lwa that drinks and carry the act by drinking more.

Others who do not drink just carry on the act until they conduct a lwa-like task that a human can't perform and that's when jeopardy hits the fake possessed person.

Beware of these kinds of people. Vodou has some scam artists, just as many other religions have.
This is due to the ego of one who wants to be noticed, respected and popular.

The attention paid to the possessed one is great, but at the same time creates an individual thirst
for power with no spiritual gifts to act out the role of the lwa.
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