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Act of Faith
2007

Act of Faith

Gaël Turine

VODUN (Haiti, 2005)

In Fon, the language spoken in Benin, vodun stands for an invisible and mysterious power. Many Haitians believe in the existence of a world of voodoo spirits that serves as a model for our real society. These spirits, the Lwa, form a bridge between the past and present, the dead and living, and mankind and the supernatural. They have names such as Papa Legba, Baron Samdi and Grande Brigitte, and derive from African ancestors who were brought to Haiti as slaves. The Haitian religious calendar is full of pilgrimages related to the Lwa, and the spirits are regularly summoned up to take possession of Haitians. – At Saut d’Eau a man takes refuge in a cave after having washed and purified himself in the waters of Lwa Ezili.

  • VODUN (Haiti, 2005)

    In Fon, the language spoken in Benin, vodun stands for an invisible and mysterious power. Many Haitians believe in the existence of a world of voodoo spirits that serves as a model for our real society. These spirits, the Lwa, form a bridge between the past and present, the dead and living, and mankind and the supernatural. They have names such as Papa Legba, Baron Samdi and Grande Brigitte, and derive from African ancestors who were brought to Haiti as slaves. The Haitian religious calendar is full of pilgrimages related to the Lwa, and the spirits are regularly summoned up to take possession of Haitians. – At Saut d’Eau a man takes refuge in a cave after having washed and purified himself in the waters of Lwa Ezili.

  • VODUN (Haiti, 2005)

    The pilgrimage to Saut d’Eau is the one of the more important of the Voodoo calendar. The voodooists there revere the spirit Lwa Ezili who reigns in this big waterfall, the purity of the water of which is renowned throughout the country. This pilgrimage ends with a gigantic party animated by a brass band.

  • VODUN (Haiti, 2005)

    The pilgrims come to take their good luck bath in the waters of Lwa Ezili and show him their respect. Remaining underneath the waterfall allows the pilgrim to establish an intense and direct contact with the spirit. This woman returns possessed by Lwa Ezili.

  • VODUN (Haiti, 2005)

    Outside the Bassin Saint-Jacques at Plaine du Nord men must control this pilgrim in trance, who has become violent and aggressive after having undergone a ceremony led by an Ougan, a Voodoo priest, who tried to expel evil from him.

  • VODUN (Haiti, 2005)

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