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Hundreds Make Trip To Souvenance For Annual Vodou Pilgrimage

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Hundreds of Haitian Voodoo followers gathered for the annual religious ceremony in Souvenance a suburb of Gonaives, north of Port-au-Prince, on Easter Sunday. Believers make the made the annual pilgrimage to their holy temple, Souvenance Mystique, where they expressed their devotion to the spirits – loas – by taking part in a number of rituals. Each year, followers dress in all-white, sacrifice animals, bathe in a sacred pool and dance themselves into a trance as they celebrate one of the holiest days in the Voodoo calendar.

 

Worshipper lays in a trance while partially submerged in water.

People look on as a worshipper lays hands on a woman calling on the spirits.

Haitian woman lays hands on man during a ritual.

Worshippers dressed in white.

Worshippers on their way to take part of a ceremony.

Spectators look on as worshippers prepare a bull to take part in a ritual.

Vodou worshippers at Souvenance.

Haitian woman kisses foot of fellow worshipper.

Three Haitian women look on as rituals take place.

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