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Christianity, voodoo mix on Haiti's Day of Dead

Published on Nov 3, 2013 6:10 AM
In this Friday, Nov 1, 2013, photo, a voodoo devotee prays while sitting on the headstone of a grave during Day of the Dead celebrations at the cemetery in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. -- PHOTO: AP

PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) - In a Port-au-Prince cemetery, Haitians gathered on Saturday to ask "the spirit of death" for any number of desires, ranging from housing to visas, during Haiti's Day of the Dead.

"It's a tradition: on the Day of the Dead, after church, I come to greet Baron," said Mr Fabienne, a 28-year-old participant in the festivities, which combine elements of Christianity and voodoo practices.

In the center of the downtown cemetery, where a large black cross had been installed to represent "Baron Samedi," the spirit of death, Haitians presented their various needs and requests.

"Baron, you must give me a business and a visa," Mr Fabienne said, undeterred by the noise and bustle of the crowd of worshippers.

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