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Cholera Magic Powder

Cholera Magic Powder

Here is a picture based on rumors in the grand Anse region of Haiti that a priest has come up with magic powder to spread cholera to the population.

According to English.news.cn, at least 12 people were killed by machete-weilding mobs, and their body burned because of suspicion that they are part of a group using a magic powder to spread the cholera disease on the Haitian population.

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Mambo Euvonie Georges Auguste and Jean-Henry Ceant

Mambo Euvonie Georges Auguste and Jean-Henry Ceant

Here is a picture of Mambo Euvonie Georges Auguste and Jean-Henry Céant

On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, the Executive members of the Commission of Electoral Evaluation have appointed Euvonie Georges Auguste as a member of 'Commission of Electoral Evaluation' created by the President and Evans administration. However, the political platform ' Renmen Ayiti' to which she belongs has denounced this appointment and has asked Mambo Euvonie, to renounce her participation in the commission, as the formation of this Commission is contrary to the request of the G8 group which called for an independent commission of inquiry and a transitional government, to properly investigate the fraud allegations of the October election and to hold new and fair elections. Jean Henry Ceant was a member of the G8 and the presidential candidate in the last election under ' Renmen Ayiti' banner.

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Ougan Alcenat Zamor eli nouvo Nasyonal ati

Ougan Alcenat Zamor eli nouvo Nasyonal ati

Vodou prèt Alcenat Zamor te eli Jedi pase pou li vin nouvo ati Nasyonal an Ayiti. Li ranplase Max Beauvoir ki te mouri dènyèman. Alcenat se yon Ougan de 60 ane ki soti nan vil Gros Morne. Li te eli unaniment pa manm Konfederasyon Nasyonal Vaudouisants ayisyen (KNVA). Alcenat Zamor te prezante nan piblik la kòm nouvo chèf nan vodou pa Ati, Manbo Euvonie Georges, ki te ape kenbe pou yon ti tan.

English:
Houngan Alcenat Zamor replaces Max Beauvoir as new National Ati

Voodoo Priest Alcenat Zamor was elected last Thursday to become the new National Ati in Haiti, replacing Max Beauvoir who passed away recently. Alcenat is a 60 year old Houngan from the town of Gros Morne. He was elected unanimously by nembers of the National Confederation of Haitian Vaudouisants (KNVA). Alcenat Zamor was presented to the public as the new Voodoo chief by the acting Ayi, Mambo Euvonie Georges

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Prime Minister Evans Paul in Gran Lakou Souvenance, Gonaives

Prime Minister Evans Paul in Gran Lakou Souvenance, Gonaives

Here is a picture of Prime Minister Evans Paul paying a visit to Gran Lakou Souvnans in Gonaives on April 5, 2015.

Lakou Souvenance is one of the three grand Lakou's of Gonaives which are known for keeping specific African Voodoo traditions. In a quiet and tranquil location, the other two lakous of Gonaives are Lakou Soukri and Lakou Badjo-- all were founded prior to Haiti's independence in 1804. While walking around the courtyard of Souvenance under its giant trees reaching for the sky, you will return to your childhood days and have a feeling of walking in a wonderland. It is a mystical Haitian site where voodooists meet. It is a place where a cycle of ceremonies unfolds around some sacred trees. The trees, the domain of various Lwas, are respected, decorated and honored. Here, the annual festivities usually take place around the Lent season before Easter. Lakou Souvenance, Soukri and Badjo are referenced as sites of pilgrimage for several Haitian presidents in the late nineteenth-century. Prime Minister Evans Paul paid a visit to Gran Lakou Souvnans in Gonaives on April 5, 2015.

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National Ati Max Gesner Beauvoir died at the age of 79

National Ati Max Gesner Beauvoir died at the age of 79

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.

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Funeral Ritual in Haiti - Ceremony to assist departed

Funeral Ritual in Haiti - Ceremony to assist departed

Here is a Voodoo Funeral Ceremony in Lakou Souvenance

Mass graves after the Haitian earthquake in January 2010 were an inevitable consequence of such a catastrophe. But, to a country so steeped in and quixotically dependent on the use of ceremony to assist their departed from this world to the next, ignorance of their loved one's final resting place is difficult for the living to bear. Almost a month from the earthquake, one funeral director revealed he'd handled less than ten funerals. Considering the hundreds of thousands who died, the sum of souls still linked to their earthly bodies is a terrifying concept.

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PM Evans Paul at Bassin St Jacques Majeur, Plaine du Nord

PM Evans Paul at Bassin St Jacques Majeur, Plaine du Nord

Here is a picture of Haiti Prime Minister Evans Paul at Bassin St Jacques Majeur, Plaine du Nord.

During the patronal celebration of Saint Jacques Majeur at Plaine du Nord in July, 2015, The actual Prime Minister of Haiti, Evans Paul, went to the popular St Jacques Majeur bassin, took off his clothes and went into the water in search of spiritual Voodoo luck, treatment or protection. Many people come every year in this secrete Voodoo place in Plaine du Nord. Some say they receive treatment in this water why others come for luck.

Memorial to be Built at Bois-Caiman, Site of Slave Revolt

Prime Minister Evans Paul's last stop on a tour was to Plaine du Nord. He visited Bassin Saint-Jacques, meeting with town officials and civic society members.

He continued to Bois-Caiman, site of the slave revolt, where building of a memorial will be ". . . a universal symbol of freedom against the slavery system"

His final visit was to Nan Brise, a natural spring where voodoo rituals have been held.

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Haitian Voodoo and Homosexuality

Haitian Voodoo and Homosexuality

A large number of spirits or deities (lwa) exist in Haitian Voodoo. Some lwas such as Erzulie, Ghede Nibo, Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte exhibit movements that cross gender boundaries. However, overt identification as homosexuals has no place within the tradition of the Haitian Voodoo religion

During Haitian Vodou ceremonies, a person can be possessed by any Loa, regardless of gender. During possession, possessed dancers will begin to behave like the lwa they are possessed by and they are treated with the utmost respect.

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Haitian Vodou Flags, focal point before of Vodou Ceremolny

Haitian Vodou Flags, focal point before of Vodou Ceremolny

Here is a picture of Haiti Voodoo Flag, the focal point before the possession takes place.

Haitian Vodou flags are meant to shine and dazzle, and they do so mainly with the aid of the bright colors, beads and sequins used in their production. According to museum curator Nezka Pfeifer, the flags have this property mainly to facilitate meditation that allows possession to occur.

Despite their place now on walls primarily for their aesthetic beauty, the true purpose of these flags revolved around Vodou rituals. All the images and symbols are used, blended together to create a hypnotic, glistening mesmeric visage.

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Ezuli Freda

Ezuli Freda

This fickle Haitian Vodou God is the natural rival of most women as the type of beautiful creature that attracts men far and wide, bringing up the envy of women in her wake. Extremely hard to coax into imparting luck, the god of all things refined, beautiful and rich, Freda is most likely to take on tasks when worshiped on her sacred day, Thursday. It is said though, that when she is served correctly, her blessings come on fast. One needs to always remember that cleanliness and freshness are two of her favorite things, along with expensive or elaborate gifts of jewelry, food or trinkets, preferably in white or pink.

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