Here is a picture of the Voodoo leader in Haiti, Max Beauvoir.
Max Gesner Beauvoir (August 25, 1936 - September 12, 2015) was a male priest (Houngan) and the supreme leader (Ati) in Haitian Voodoo. Until his last day, he has fought for the recognition and acceptance of voodoo. He was the head of 6,000 Haitian witch doctors and was said to have "bewitched" former president Bill Clinton when they had a chance meeting in 1975. Beauvoir used to believe that voodoo is the soul of the Haitian people, a way of life. The soul is what we are. It controls everything, all our actions, mind, our moral codes; and nothing can be done without that cultural basis. In 1974, he founded Le Péristyle de Mariani, a voodoo temple at his coral stone-walled home outside the capital city where everyone was welcome. Max Beauvoir died on September 12, 2015. On September 16, 'national tribute' was arranged in his honor at the Champ de Mars.
Max Beauvoir has been credited for educating the public about the religion of voodoo. One of his accomplishment was to address the issue of Zonbification in the Voodoo religion.
The majority of Haitians believe in the magical power of Voodoo. Western scientists have problem understanding the power of apparent resurrection of a human after death.
Max Gesner Beauvoir, the supreme leader (Ati) in Haitian Voodoo had worked to educate people about the misunderstood voodoo faith. He was the head of 6,000 Haitian witch doctors and was said to have "bewitched" former president Bill Clinton when they had a chance meeting in 1975. His horror fans remember him sharing the secrets of Zombie Powder with Harvard professor Wade Davis, the author of the best-selling novel on "Serpent and the Rainbow", a book on Haitian Voodoo and the process of making zombies. Beauvoir, introduced Davis to a shaman named Marcel Pierre who was died 18 years ago; Pierre returned to life and gave up recipe to a zombie powder which had the power to bring the dead back to life. The book reignited a lot of discussion about zombies and it made real waves in the Euro-American society.
Do you believe in resurrection and Zonbification of people in the voodoo religion?
Here is a picture of the actual funeral of Max Beauvoir, the Leader of Haitian Voodoo Religion who passed away in September, 2015 in his home. He received a proper funeral according to the rules of the Voodoo religion
Haitians who adhere to Voodoo do not consider death to be the end of life-- there is an afterlife. When one dies, the soul essence hovers near the corpse for seven to nine days. During this period, the individual free soul can be captured and made into a "spiritual zombie" by a sorcerer. Thus, to avoid this capture, the voodoo priests perform a nine night ritual so that the soul may live in the dark waters for a year and a day. After that, the deceased's relatives perform the Rite of Reclamation to raise the deceased person's soul essence and put it in a clay jar known as a govi. When Max Gesner Beauvoir, the supreme leader of Haitian voodoo died on September 12, his body was kept until everyone paid a visit and made it home for the funeral. Prime Minister Paul Evans met with the daughter and step-son of the deceased, the couple Rachel and Didier Dominique. A 'national tribute was arranged on September 16, at the Champ de Mars. In a somber environment, the Government of the Republic of Haiti extended its sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of the deceased and to the members of the voodoo community. President Michel Martelly has described his death as a "great loss for the country".
Here is a view in the life of the National Ati Max Gesner Beauvoir who died at the age of 79.
Haitian Voodoo's Supreme Chief, Max Beauvoir, recently passed away in Port-au-Prince. He was 79. Beauvoir had another vocation, besides being a houngan, as a biochemist.
After studying and working in the U.S. he returned to Haiti, rose to the highest rank in Voodoo, and advocated for the religion Voodoo legitimately is.
Beauvoir's official title, Naitonal Ati, was created to give creditability to Voodoo against the slanderous attacks of Protestant and Evangelical leaders.
Here is a picture you don't see often. Leaders of two major religions in Haiti joining hands. This is not just two religions. Leaders of a Christian faith in a rare photo opportunity with Max Beauvoir, Supreme Leader of the Haitian Voodoo.
Hopefully this is a sign that will be used to teach union instead of division in the Haitian society