There is an old, old joke in Haiti that 80 percent of the population is Catholic, and 100 percent are Vodouyizan, or practitioners of Vodou. Part of the reality the joke exposes is that for Catholicism, practicing Vodou is anathema; for Vodouyizan, there is no conflict in being both Catholic and Vodou. On the surface, scientific inquiry in design and technology might seem antithetical to Vodou. Yet those who study and experience Vodou have documented widely that Vodouyizan are enthusiastic about technology, whether mailing cassettes of songs and instructions, making and distributing VHS tapes, or participating in WhatsApp calls…
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