Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Within the Vodu ontological structure in Haiti, the human being is conceived of as being made of three parts: Although the most obvious one is the physical body, the human being also has a bipartite spiritual component, the tibonanj and the gwobonanj . Whereas the gwobonanj is the manifestation in human life of the immortal and divine spirit, God itself, the tibonanj represents the more personal side of an individual. This ontological structure is reminiscent of and ...