I SALUTE HOUNGAN FRANSWA MAKANDAL.
The biographies of Revolutionary leader and Houngan Franswa Makandal are varied and sometimes not consistent with each other.
Some authors claim that he origined in Haiti,others in the Congo of Africa.
Others claim that he was a Mandingo
What is agreed is that he may have been the most significant Revolutionary leader in Haiti and that he paved the way and road of success of Toussaint Prince Gaugaunou L’Ouverture .
IT IS REPUTED THAT MAKANDAL WAS A MASTER OF HERBAL LORE AND EXPERT TRADITIONAL PHARMACOLOGIST.
His knowledge of herbs and sacred science aided him in successfully mobilizing effectively “maroon” Africans in Saint Domingue as he moved from plantation to plantation recruiting a guerilla force with the aim of liberating all enslaved Africans. With his knowledge of fauna and flora Makandal creates a biological weapon that successfully annihilates the animals of the planter class. From property of the planter class Makandal then takes the struggle to the homes and persons of the planter class.Many succumbed to this biological weapon.
After a successful four year guerilla campaign utilising various war tactics that included his biological weapon Makandal is betrayed and captured and sentenced to be burnt.
It is the strong conviction of many sacred scientists of the period that Makandal liberated his spirit during the firing of his body and commanded his indomitable spirit to remain put in the land to further guide other revolutionaries.
As we commemorate,mark and celebrate African History Month 2017 T SALUTE HOUNGAN FRANSWA MAKANDAL
May his spirit, ase and knowledge continue to guide us.