I stumbled onto this photo slideshow of a Haitian Vodou Ceremony in Life Magazine this week, and thought back to this show.
Many of the pictures are very explicit, but I found both the images and my own reactions to them really "enlightening," if you will. I felt a mix of awe, disgust, beauty, despair... and questioned how my own culture has conditioned me to see and respond to others'. The description of the slideshow definitely resonated with me:
"Few religions are as misunderstood and as steeped in often-cartoonish misapprehension as Haitian Vodou. Countless people around the globe, shown images of a ceremony, might confidently say, "Yes, that is Vodou." But very few, when pressed, could coherently discuss the core tenets of the belief."
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