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Head of Haiti's voodoo religion dies

Port-au-Prince (AFP) - Max Gesner Beauvoir, the supreme chief of the voodoo religion, died at the age of 79 in the Haitian capital, his relatives announced. Beauvoir, a biochemist by training, was named in 2008 the "National Ati," or spiritual guide for voodoo practitioners. The title was created to defend Haiti's historic religion from increased attacks from some Protestant churches and Evangelical preachers.

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"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." -- James 1:27

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from About.com Religion & Spirituality

A Beginner's Guide to Voodoo

Vodou (Also spelled Vodoun, Voodoo, and several other variants) is a syncretic religion combining Roman Catholicism and native African religion, particularly the religion of the Dahomey region of Africa (the modern day nation of Benin). It is primarily found in Haiti, New Orleans, and other locations within the Caribbean.

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Beaded and sequined flags, called drapo, are an important component of Vodoun, a religion that was established on the island of Haiti beginning in the 1500s. The Spanish, followed by the French, enslaved hundreds of thousands of West and Central Africans who were brought to labor on Haitian sugarcane plantations. The faith system that emerged,…

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from Mail Online

Photos give glimpse inside the rituals of Haiti's Vodou faith

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT New York-based photojournalist Anthony Karen traveled to Haiti to document the mysterious rituals of the Vodou faith and found there are many misconceptions.

from the Guardian

Vodou is elusive and endangered, but it remains the soul of Haitian people

Vodou is spiritual system and a way of life but even in Haiti, where it became an official religion, it faces prejudice and hostility

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#APRIL, 4. 2003 #Voodoo is legally recognized as a religion in Haiti. Priests and priestesses now have same rights as their Catholic counterparts. They may officially perform marriages, conduct baptisms and lead funerals. www.navarra-design.com #illustration

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