Every year in summer thousands of pilgrims from all over Haiti make the religious journey to the Saut d’Eau waterfall (100km north of Port-au-Prince). It is believed that 150 years ago the spirit of Virgin Mary (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) has appeared on a palm tree close to the waterfall. This place became a main pilgrimage site in Haiti since then. Haitians wearing only underwear perform a bathing and cleaning ritual under the 100-foot-high waterfall. Voodoo followers (many Haitians practise both voodoo and catholicism) hope that Erzulie Dantor, the Voodoo spirit of water, manifest itself and they get possessed for a short moment, touched by her presence.
Pearl Cleage (via virgolezbo)
The medieval Swahili Coast - home to a cosmopolitan culture founded on international and trans-continental trade.