Haitian Vodoun Culture Language

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Haitian Vodoun Culture Language
Langay, Langaj
Native to Haiti
Native speakers
(liturgical language)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 hvc
Glottolog hait1241[2]

Haitian Vodoun Culture Language (known as Langay and Langaj; literally "language") is a specialized vocabulary used in Haiti for religion, song, and dance purposes. It appears to not be an actual language, but rather an assortment of words, songs, and incantations – some secret – from various languages once used in Haitian Vodoun ceremonies.[1]

It's unknown exactly which African languages have contributed to the formation of this language/vocabulary, but the Fon and Kongo languages would most likely have had large contributions, just as they contributed to the formation of Haitian Creole and the cultures associated with these languages (namely the Fon and Kongo peoples) contributed to the formation of Haitian Vodou and Haitian culture as a whole.

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  1. ^ a b Haitian Vodoun Culture Language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Haitian Vodoun Culture Language". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.