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Haiti: Chickens and cows slaughtered at annual Voodoo festival *GRAPHIC*03:46

Haiti: Chickens and cows slaughtered at annual Voodoo festival *GRAPHIC*

Haiti, Souvenance
April 2, 2018 at 03:59 GMT -00:00 · Published

Hundreds of voodoo followers gathered in the Haitian village of Souvenance on Sunday to take part in an annual ritual, maintaining a tradition that is said to have lasted for just over two centuries.Footage shows voodoo followers - dressed in all-white - slaying cows and chickens before smearing the blood over their clothes.The followers are also seen taking part in trance-inducing dance and percussion-playing, as well as taking a dip in a sacred pool.Voodoo gained recognition as an official religion in Haiti in the 1960s after being brought to the country by slaves from Africa. A large number of Voodoo festivities coincide with Catholic events on the island, since celebrating them at the same time was the only way worshippers could keep the traditions alive under their slave masters.

Haiti: Chickens and cows slaughtered at annual Voodoo festival *GRAPHIC*03:46
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Hundreds of voodoo followers gathered in the Haitian village of Souvenance on Sunday to take part in an annual ritual, maintaining a tradition that is said to have lasted for just over two centuries.Footage shows voodoo followers - dressed in all-white - slaying cows and chickens before smearing the blood over their clothes.The followers are also seen taking part in trance-inducing dance and percussion-playing, as well as taking a dip in a sacred pool.Voodoo gained recognition as an official religion in Haiti in the 1960s after being brought to the country by slaves from Africa. A large number of Voodoo festivities coincide with Catholic events on the island, since celebrating them at the same time was the only way worshippers could keep the traditions alive under their slave masters.

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