How followers of VOODOO celebrate Easter

A Haitian woman lies in a trance on the ground surrounded by a crowd of worshippers dressed in white as followers of voodoo celebrated at Easter.

Hundreds gathered for the annual religious ceremony in Souvenance a suburb of Gonaives, north of Port-au-Prince, on Easter Sunday.

Believers had 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. 

Voodoo was brought to Haiti by slaves from West Africa, but did not become a recognised religion by the Caribbean country until the 1960s.

Many Voodoo rituals and holy celebrations coincide with events in the Catholic Christian faith as this was the religion of the French Haitian slavemasters.

Slaves were forbidden from practising their Voodoo faith, so by celebrating the same days as their Catholic masters, they were able to conceal their religion.

A Haitian woman lies in a trance while an onlooker records the scene on her mobile phone. The worshippers follow voodoo and gathered for the annual religious ceremony in Souvenance on Easter Sunday

A Haitian woman lies in a trance while an onlooker records the scene on her mobile phone. The worshippers follow voodoo

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