Another Problem with Cholera: It Disrupts Voodoo Burial Traditions Edwidge Danticat on the Haitian Cholera Outbreak
The cholera outbreak in Haiti has made it dangerous for survivors to honor the dead with traditional ritual baths.
The Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat has a beautiful piece in this week's New Yorker about cholera's effect on Haitian voodoo burial traditions:
It is believed by some that the souls of the newly dead slip into rivers and streams and remain there, under the water, for a year and a day. Then, lured by ritual prayer and song, the souls emerge from the water and the spirits are reborn.