Thanks to all my DEAR Friends from the Beach Book Club for a warm reception at the first book club discussion for “When Dreams Touch”!!

Vodou Temple

Vodou Temple

  I came across this photo of a Vodou temple taken before the earthquake from near where I once lived in rural Haiti. This area had considerable damage, so the temple may have been destroyed. Notice the red pillar in the front known as the “poto mitan” or central pillar, around which the religious ceremony takes place.

Vodou in Haiti- Fact and Fiction

Vodou in Haiti- Fact and Fiction

Considerable deliberation went into opening “When Dreams Touch” with the Vodou scene, chronicling Adelaide and Yvonne’s pilgrimage to the Saut d’Eau (Waterfall). This blended Vodou and Christian journey still takes place each July in honor of the Vodou lwa (spirit) Erzuli Dantor, and coinciding with the Christian feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.   Typical of Haiti, I have found there are many misconceptions and misunderstandings about Vodou and I hope some of those are dispelled as you read “When Dreams Touch.” However, in the interest of full disclosure… although I have visited and passed by Vodou temples and talked with Vodou priests, I have not actually attended a Vodou ceremony—YET?!   So perhaps like my readers, during my initial visits to Haiti,...