Psalms 46

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.

God is our refuge and strength, 

a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear, 

though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, 

though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.
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2 Responses to Psalms 46

  1. Coach Tunde says:

    Preach on, young Brotha! Bring the Haitian swagger to the world. We need to be saved from our ignorance. And our collective people’s pride rests in our knowledge and connection with on another. Remember when we started esface, we promised we would celebrate “image, style, fashion, art, culture”. Preach on, young Brotha! Stay esface!

  2. Talie C says:

    This is a passage of scripture I heard very often growing up in Haiti. One of my favorites. Spirituality is indeed part of Haitian Swagger. Nice post. 🙂

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