Ogun would probably have been a better functional choice, but the theory that they invoked Baron Samedi gets a little support from the fact that Christian accounts finger Satan.
This ceremony ultimately resulted in the liberation of the Haitian people from French colonial rule in 1804, and the establishment of the first black people’s republic in the history of the world and the second independent nation in the Americas.
Just as the first account was clearly written by a Christian projecting his pantheon on Voudun, this one smells of apologism by a modern Voudun practitioner trying to sound unthreatening and New-Agey.
For starters, “kill all the white Frenchmen” sounds like a more plausible objective for a bunch of illiterate, pissed-off black slaves to have chosen than the more abstract “fight for freedom”, especially in view of the fact that actually massacre the white population pretty comprehensively (not that I’m objecting; under the circumstances, doing so was arguably justice).
And it has its own corresponding implausibility about the focus of the ritual built in.
In addition to multiple photographs, this directory also includes multiple names (aliases), multiple home and/or work addresses in an offender’s profile, if applicable.
Additional information including conviction charge, sentence, supervision conditions if the offender is on parole or probation and vehicle information also is posted.
Also featured are three survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and a demonstration by an FBI Special Agent who details the dangers of online chat rooms. Edelgard Wulfert, professor of psychology at the University at Albany, also offers insight into how child molesters operate, how they manipulate children and families – and why, all too frequently, parents refuse to believe their own child. Stanford, director of the New York State Office of Victim Services.
Level 1 offenders are required to register for a minimum of 20 years and Level 2 and 3 offenders for life (view details).
The Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) produced “Child Sexual Predators: The Familiar Stranger” to educate parents on the topic of sexual abuse.