In this interview for PRI's AfroPop Worldwide, Mimerose "Manze" Beaubrun discusses how she originally set out to research the lakou, which is the traditional Haitian community, and along the way, met Aunt Tansia, the woman who would initiate her into Vodou. (The link prompts you to the interview clip at 46:25.)
"This book is my participation in my culture. . . . Often there is a lot of disinformation about the Haitian culture; often it's very negative and it stops people from understanding the culture. . . . Vodou is not only a religion . . . it's a philosophy of life.