Vic Hinterlang Photojournalist

10/27/2021 12:57:56 AM

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A local Voodoo priest stands outside the entrance to a cave chamber near Bwa Kayiman where slave revolutionaries gathered at the start of the Haitian war of independence.

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A local Voodoo priest washes his head with holy water in a cave chamber where slave revolutionaries gathered at the start of the Haitian war of independence.

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A local Voodoo priest leaves a cave chamber where slave revolutionaries gathered at the start of the Haitian war of independence.

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A young woman wearing Haiti's national colors prays at a Voodoo shrine in front of a church in a plaza in Plaine-du-Nord. Plaine-du-Nord is a major center of the Voodoo religion.

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Poor residents receive lunch from a local Voodoo relief organization in a plaza in front of a church in Plaine-du-Nord.

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A woman raises a small bottle of whiskey as she prays at a Voodoo shrine in front of a church in Plaine-du-Nord.

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A Voodoo priestess dances under an awning in a small square in Plaine-du-Nord.

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A man dances to a Voodoo beat while holding a lit candle and a small bottle of whiskey in Plaine-du-Nord.

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A man and woman talk in front of a Voodoo shrine featuring a statue of the Virgin Mary and bottles of whiskey in Plaine-du-Nord. Roman Catholicism is inextricably entwined with Voodoo and alcohol is integral to both.

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A Voodoo priestess accepts an offering from a woman before a small shrine in Plaine-du-Nord.

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A man prays at a small Voodoo shrine.

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A man takes two bottles of holy water from a sacred Voodoo pool as a woman washes her arms.

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A man bathes in a sacred Voodoo pool where people come to pray, bathe and collect holy water.