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Photo-Essay: Haiti After the Earthquake, Part 13: The Order of Light for the Establishment of Global Fraternity

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The speeches over, the ceremony now began in earnest, and this is where my photographs take over:

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The evening's ceremony began, and would end, with chanting in Creole. The chants greet, invite into our presence and ultimately dismiss the Loa.

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These men's white robes signify their spiritual station in the ceremony. Several of them are holding ritual spears.

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This is the Mambo, dressed in white, the high priestess of the Order.

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After a period of chanting, several of the members began passing around shot glasses of consecrated spirits to the members, rum I believe.

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As a prayer is recited, the glasses are raised.

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The next phase included the consecration of yet more ceremonial implements, especially the machete, which has many symbolic meanings to the Haitians.

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Spirits, rum or whiskey I believe, are poured on the concrete floor...

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and lit!

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This is a purification exercise.

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Now dancing with chanting broke out in earnest in choreographed movements.

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What I call the ceremonial sombrero is now brought forth...

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and blessed. Note the patterns and symbolism embossed upon it.

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More chanting begins and more spirits are dashed upon the floor.

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And lit again! Now the machete is passed repeatedly back and forth through the glowing blue and bursting yellow flames.

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