Religion is everywhere in Haiti, so much so that you become disgusted that Pat Robertson could even conceive that Haiti made “a pact with the devil.” I captured this photo on my way out of Cap Haitian. The vehicle is called a tap-tap, and it’s the major mode of transportation in Haiti. It’s a taxi, if you will. To stand out and get customers you have to have a colorful and creative tap-tap (you can’t really see the designs on this Tap-Tap from the photo, but trust me, it’s gorgeous). But aside from bright colors and near-psychedelic designs, tap-taps (and many buildings) often carry spiritual messages.
Le Sang de Jesus (the blood of Jesus). Christ est ma vie (Christ is my life). Dieu Maitre (God is Master). Grace a Jesus (Thanks to Jesus)
And my favorite, Psaume 46. If you’re not well-versed in the Bible (no shame), Psalms 46 begins as follows:
“God is our strong refuge; he is truly our helper in times of trouble. For this reason we do not fear when the earth shakes, and the mountains tumble into the depths of the sea.“
I think we can go ahead and add spirituality to the list of things under Haitian Swagger.