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Voodoo and Catholic ritual

A Haitian man performs a bathing and cleaning ritual under the waterfall during the annual religious pilgrimage in Saut d'Eau, Haiti, July 16, 2008. Every year in summer thousands of pilgrims from all over Haiti make the religious journey to the Saut d'Eau waterfall (100km north of Port-au-Prince). It is believed that 150 years ago the spirit of Virgin Mary (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) has appeared on a palm tree close to the waterfall. This place became a main pilgrimage site in Haiti since then. Haitians wearing only underwear perform a bathing and cleaning ritual under the 100-foot-high waterfall. Voodoo followers (many Haitians practise both voodoo and catholicism) hope that Erzulie Dantor, the Voodoo spirit of water, manifest itself and they get possessed for a short moment, touched by her presence.
A Haitian man performs a bathing and cleaning ritual under the waterfall during the annual religious pilgrimage in Saut d'Eau, Haiti, July 16, 2008. Every year in summer thousands of pilgrims from all over Haiti make the religious journey to the Saut d'Eau waterfall (100km north of Port-au-Prince). It is believed that 150 years ago the spirit of Virgin Mary (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) has appeared on a palm tree close to the waterfall. This place became a main pilgrimage site in Haiti since...
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