The prayer of Boukman

This prayer was delivered by the Vodou priest, Dutty Boukman, a slave born in Jamaica, during the Caiman Wood ceremony held on the night of August 13-14, 1791. A ceremony that allowed a few days later the general uprising of slaves and which constitutes one of the first marches towards the independence of Haiti in 1804.

The god who created the earth, who created the sun that gives us light. The god who holds the oceans, who makes thunder rumble. God who has ears to hear. You who are hidden in the clouds, who watches us wherever we are, you see that white has made us suffer. The god of the white man asks him to commit crimes. But the god in us wants us to do good. Our god, who is so good, so righteous, commands us to avenge our wrongs. It is he who will direct our weapons and bring us victory. He's the one who will help us. We should all reject the image of the god of the white man who is so ruthless. Listen to the voice of freedom that sings in all our hearts.

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