There’s something that really, really deepens a person’s experience of Vodou… something incredibly important to any burgeouning Vodouisant’s capabilities in this faith and something incredibly important to being able to move past the level of an utter beginner… the Kreyol language.
Kreyol, the unofficial national language of Haiti (the official is French, but only the minority elite speak it), is the language in which Vodou service is performed and the language in which all of our songs are written.
Kreyol is a language that, in order to progress into initiation and eventual priesthood (for those who are called to be clergy) you will have to learn. It’s a beautiful language, capable of utter and complete linguistic transparency as well as deep meanings and wonderfully colorful puns and wordgames.
I HIGHLY recommend starting with the University of Indiana’s Creole Institute program Ann Pale Kreyol… it has a fascinating and wonderful textbook, but also comes with 10 CD’s worth of listen-and-repeat language instruction to help you master not only vocabulary but also pronunciation, intonation, and word stress where applicable. This one program is a MIRACLE in terms of learning the language of Vodou and will help you more than you might at first know. (No language program is *perfect*, but this one comes closer than ANY I have ever seen)
PLEASE consider purchasing this program, available HERE: http://www.indiana.edu/~creole/apkpromo.html
Kreyol pale, Kreyol konprann… Kreyol spoken is Kreyol understood. There is no better way to begin learning this language than jumping in and speaking it.