Dieu-Nalio Chery

Photographer + Photojournalist
Vodou in Haiti
Location: Detroit, Michigan, 48212 United States of America
Nationality: Haitian
Biography: Dieu-Nalio Chery is a freelance photojournalist now based in Michigan working for The New York Times, Reuters, The Washington Post, and The Associated Press. He was awarded the  Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club in 2019 for... MORE
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Vodou in Haiti
Copyright Dieu-Nalio Chery 2023
Date of Work Jan 2012 - Ongoing
Updated Mar 2022
Topics Culture, Documentary, Essays, Identity, Photography, Religion
Vodou in Haiti is a short visual essay on Vodou practitioners and believers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. 
For centuries Haitians have practiced Vodou – a religion that is often misunderstood, misrepresented, and stigmatized. Voodoo evolved in the 17th century among African slaves and incorporates elements of the Roman Catholic faith that was forced upon them by French colonizers and transported to colonial Saint-Domingue (as Haiti was known then).
Vodou practitioners create devotional objects and participate in ceremonies with traditional drumming songs, dance, and spirit possession. Peristyles are a rendezvous for Vodou priests (oungans) and priestesses (mambos) to pay tribute to spirits, Lwas”, that they serve as well as a gathering point for strengthening cultural bonds.
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