Quotation by Jacques Roumain

We sing the funeral, as goes the custom, with the hymn of the Dead. But Manuel, he chose a hymn for the living: the song of the coumbite, the song of the earth, of the water, the plants, of fellowship between peasants because he wanted, as I now understand it, that his death for you be the renewal of life.
Jacques Roumain (1907–1945), Haitian author, ethnologist, political activist. Repr. Éditions Messidor (1992). Délira in Masters of the Dew, p. 185, Les Éditeurs Français Réunis (1946).

Coumbite: collaborative work among Haitian peasants.
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