[ Glossary of Vodoun Langaj ]
|Vodoun Culture has its own lingo. In fact, a lot of seemingly incomprehensible words
that are part of vodoun culture come fom the sacred, the religious. It is the language of
the ancients, what we call langay or langaj. These are the objects or actions that our
ancestors found no other word to describe.
|Some of these words can be recognized today by people from West Africa, but we must
bear in mind that the meanings have shifted over the centuries and that - foremost in our
minds - vodoun is a seventeenth century medley of the cultures of different african
nations mixed with that of the surviving american aborigenes. All they had in common was
that they had lost their freedom and that their ancestors and gods could not be honored in
the open. The common ritual language they elaborated is a "creole" of the
original ritual languages. It is Vodoun very own. It is LANGAJ!
|Click on the highlighted link above to view a short glossary
of Langaj. The definitions are in french for now, but it is worth a look.
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