The god who created the earth; who created the sun that gives us light. The god who holds up the ocean; who makes the thunder roar. Our God who has ears to hear. You who are hidden in the clouds; who watch us from where you are. You see all that the white has made us suffer. The white man’s god asks him to commit crimes. But the god within us wants to do good. Our god, who is so good, so just, He orders us to revenge our wrongs. It’s He who will direct our arms and bring us the victory. It’s He who will assist us. We all should throw away the image of the white men’s god who is so pitiless. Listen to the voice for liberty that speaks in all our hearts.
Prayer attributed to Boukman at the vodou ceremony of the Bois Caïman/ Bwa Kayiman
Bois Caïman (Bwa Kayiman) is the site of a vodou ceremony presided over by Boukman Dutty and Cecile Fatiman on August 14, 1791 and which is considered as the starting point for the Haitian Revolution. Participants at Bois Caïman were also Georges Biassou, Jeannot Bullet and Jean François Papillon, all of which were leaders of the early Haitian Revolution.
Bois Caïman is located in the northern Morne Rouge region of Haiti, southwest of Cap Haïtien.