The Healing Spirits of Water
When the African slaves were forcibly transported across the Atlantic Ocean on their treacherous journey to the New World, they brought their spirits with them. In Haiti, the water spirits who guide the ritual of purification may take on many forms, but all are part of Voudoun, a religion that is fundamentally African. For Voudoun ceremonies, colorful ritual flags are carried to the service; they are believed to possess a magical power, which can be activated in the ritual. Presented along with these ritual flags is a video by Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu which is inspired by the redemptive hymn Amazing Grace and its origins in the slave trade, where the difficulty of the crossing was redeemed only by God's grace and the power of the water.