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Cécile Fatiman (1771 - 1883)

Updated: Jan 17

Cécile Fatiman lived during the Haitian Revolution, but her contribution was much different. Rather than combat warfare, she participated in spiritual warfare.

Cécile Fatiman was a Haitian vodou priestess, or mambo, who was famous for her participation in the vodou ceremony at Bois Caïman held in August of 1791. The ceremony at Bois Caïman is considered to be the starting points of the Haitian Revolution.

Bois Caïman was the site of the first major meeting of enslaved blacks, where the first major slave insurrection of the Haitian Revolution was planned. The gathering was part ritual and part strategic planning. The religious ritual was presided over by Fatiman and prophesied the Haitian revolution. Historians believe this prophesy actually sparked the revolution, giving the rebels the conviction they needed to move forward with their plan. Within just a few days of Fatiman’s prophecy, the rebels had gone on to destroy nearly 2,000 plantations and, before they knew it, they had a revolution on their hands.

Cécile Fatiman manifested a revolution that would lead to Haiti becoming the world's first independent Black republic. Cécile's warrior spirit is still alive in the prayers and rituals passed down from our grandmothers and great-grandmothers, who learned and taught the art of spiritual warfare from women like Cécile.

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