The term potomitan, or central pillar, is often used to refer to women in Haiti because of their hard work and important role in society.   This term is originated from the Vodou religion. It is the column, or pillar, that stands in the middle of the sacred temple.  Like a woman who is considered as the main support for every family, the potomitan is one of the most important elements in every Vodou ceremony. Everything revolves around it.

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