Why do Haitians consider old people "LOUGAROU"?

When I was growing up in Haiti, virtually every old lady in the neighborhood was considered a DYAB, a LOUGAROU. I am older now and things haven't changed that much.

Amazing Vodou Photo - Vodouisant making her request to the Lwa
Amazing Vodou Photo - Vodouisant making her request to the Lwa

Recently, I visited an old lady in the family. She made it clear to me that she will not touch anyone's baby, family or friends, because at her age, people are quick to call her a LOUGAROU.

Say what you want about her but she always give me some sweets when I go visit. Douce Kokoye, Banana, you name it.

One lady I used to know growing up in Haiti, she used to be so nice to me. When I came back to the neighborhood in my 40's, I heard she was the biggest LOUGAROU in the neighborhood.

What is it with Haitians and Lougarous? People in Haiti have a bad dream and they accuse each other of being a DYAB, a LOUGAROU.

And don't you dare telling a Haitian on the countryside of Haiti that you don't believe in this stuff. they will accuse you of being naive.

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Moise Kenson says...

Hello this Kenson D. Moise.

I am here to let you know I need the money that was given to the Haitian people.

When the was an earthquake in port au prince, Haiti.

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Max says...

The people in Haiti not going to change.

They grow up like that and will die as they

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Alexa says...

Haitians do not like elderly people.

There's nothing in the culture that inspires respect for the older generation, especially women.

When I was growing up, a 40 year-old woman was considered as having lost her prime and sexually unappealing.

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David Grant says...

Its is hard to analyse the cultural presumptions of the Haitian people.

Haitians are by nature very superstitions and give supernatural to any any thing or any phenomena the do not fully understand.

I am not sure what it will take to re-educate them and change their behavioral regarding mystical and natural projection of life.
Maybe, as time goes by, they will realize the true meaning of

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Joseph says...

Pase fok ou lougawou pou viv lontan nan peyi sa ak

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