It is awfully hard to feel sorry for poor Mr. Beauvoir, who can’t kill a chicken in his plush Washington apartment for fear of getting the carpet dirty (“The Witch Doctor Is IN,” 6/26), when you know of so many real voodooists in New York who go without even basic things like heat and electricity. Vodoun songs often have a message. One I can think of says (paraphrased): “They say the poor man is not the best houngan, they say the wealthier one must be better, but at the ceremony we shall see if that’s true.”

The true servants of the spiritual legacy of Haiti seek neither fame nor fortune. They would like to see their religion treated with respect, even if some of its practitioners don’t.

Spring Valley, N.Y.

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