Valérie Baeriswyl

Photojournalist
    
Fête des Rois
Location: Haïti
Nationality: Suisse
Biography: BIO  Valérie Baeriswyl is a freelance photojournalist, of Swiss origin, trained at the EMI-CFD in Paris. Freelancer for AFP since 2016, her photos are published in various media around the world: Le Temps, Le Monde, The Guardian, El... MORE
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Fête des Rois
Copyright Valerie Baeriswyl 2024
Updated Jan 2017
Topics Documentary, Photography, Photojournalism

Voodoo


Every year on January 6th took place " La fête des rois " in Gonaïves, on the West side of Haiti. " Lakou Badjo and Lakou Soukri " were the " sacred temples " which welcomed a set of voodoo rituals which involved prayers, songs, dances, offerings, trances, baths of purification. The white candles and the yellow candles play a fundamental role in the invoking the Spirits. Following the beats of drums and songs, the women dancers, and some man dancers Congo move their feet in a very fast way and make small bounces with their shoulders and twerking.


Beyond the importance of its African inheritance, its history the colonization, to the marronnage and to the independence of Haiti, the Epiphanie, one of the most important parties of the voodoo calendar, which immortalizes the tradition in Haiti.




Pictures taken on January 6, 2016 and on January 5-6, 2017
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