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PERU-ANIMALS/
RTX6C2Y8
July 19, 2018
A voodoo box is seen during the presentation of confiscated stuffed wild animals and products used by...
Lima, Peru
SERFOR and Peruvian police show confiscated animal parts in Lima
A voodoo box is seen during the presentation of confiscated stuffed wild animals and products used by shamans in Lima, Peru July 19, 2018. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
RELIGION-ALLSAINTSDAY/
RTX2REXQ
November 01, 2016
A voodoo believer, dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, throws himself on a grave during celebrations...
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
A voodoo believer, dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, throws himself on a grave during celebrations...
A voodoo believer, dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, throws himself on a grave during celebrations at the cemetery of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
RELIGION-ALLSAINTSDAY/
RTX2REXP
November 01, 2016
A voodoo believer, dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, sits on the cross of Baron Samdi during celebrations...
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
A voodoo believer, dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, sits on the cross of Baron Samdi during celebrations...
A voodoo believer, dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, sits on the cross of Baron Samdi during celebrations at the cemetery of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
RELIGION-ALLSAINTSDAY/
RTX2REXK
November 01, 2016
A voodoo believer, dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, smokes a pipe during celebrations at the cemetery...
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
A voodoo believer, dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, smokes a pipe during celebrations at the cemetery...
A voodoo believer, dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, smokes a pipe during celebrations at the cemetery of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
RELIGION-ALLSAINTSDAY/
RTX2REXH
November 01, 2016
Voodoo believers stand around the cross of Baron Samdi during celebrations at the cemetery of Port-au-Prince,...
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
Voodoo believers stand around the cross of Baron Samdi during celebrations at the cemetery of Port-au-Prince...
Voodoo believers stand around the cross of Baron Samdi during celebrations at the cemetery of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
RELIGION-ALLSAINTSDAY/
RTX2REWQ
November 01, 2016
A voodoo believer speaks to another one dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, as he stands on the cross...
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
A voodoo believer speaks to another one dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, as he stands on the cross...
A voodoo believer speaks to another one dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, as he stands on the cross of Baron Samdi during celebrations at the cemetery of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
RELIGION-ALLSAINTSDAY/
RTX2REWK
November 01, 2016
A voodoo believer, dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, react as he stands on the cross of Baron Samdi...
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
A voodoo believer, dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, react as he stands on the cross of Baron Samdi...
A voodoo believer, dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, react as he stands on the cross of Baron Samdi during celebrations at the cemetery of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
RELIGION-ALLSAINTSDAY/
RTX2REWF
November 01, 2016
Voodoo believers react during celebrations at the cemetery of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 1, 2016....
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
Voodoo believers react during celebrations at the cemetery of Port-au-Prince
Voodoo believers react during celebrations at the cemetery of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
RELIGION-ALLSAINTSDAY/
RTX2REWD
November 01, 2016
Voodoo believers, dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, react during celebrations at the cemetery of...
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
Voodoo believers, dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, react during celebrations at the cemetery of...
Voodoo believers, dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, react during celebrations at the cemetery of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
RELIGION-ALLSAINTSDAY/
RTX2REW9
November 01, 2016
A voodoo believer walks carrying a candle at the cemetery of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 1, 2016....
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
A voodoo believer walks carrying a candle at the cemetery of Port-au-Prince
A voodoo believer walks carrying a candle at the cemetery of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
RELIGION-ALLSAINTSDAY/
RTX2RETX
November 01, 2016
A voodoo believer, dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, greets people (not pictured) as he sits on...
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
A voodoo believer, dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, greets peopleas he sits on a grave during celebrations...
A voodoo believer, dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, greets people (not pictured) as he sits on a grave during celebrations at the cemetery of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
RELIGION-ALLSAINTSDAY/
RTX2RETW
November 01, 2016
Voodoo believers stand at Baron Samdi cross at the cemetery of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 1, 2016....
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
Voodoo believers stand at Baron Samdi cross at the cemetery of Port-au-Prince
Voodoo believers stand at Baron Samdi cross at the cemetery of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
RELIGION-ALLSAINTSDAY/
RTX2RETU
November 01, 2016
A voodoo believer is purified by cleaning his head with wine at an altar during celebrations at the cemetery...
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
A voodoo believer is purified by cleaning his head with wine at an altar during celebrations at the cemetery...
A voodoo believer is purified by cleaning his head with wine at an altar during celebrations at the cemetery of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
BENIN-POLITICS/
RTX23I5B
January 22, 2016
A devotee is guided by voodoo priests as she goes into a trance at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah,...
Ouidah, Benin
A Picture And Its Story: Voodoo festival of Benin
A devotee is guided by voodoo priests as she goes into a trance at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah, Benin, January 10, 2016. In Ouidah, a small town and former slave port in the West African country of Benin, the annual voodoo festival gathers visitors from far and wide. It's a week that brings together priests and dignitaries, rich and poor, locals and visitors from as far afield as the Caribbean and France. The festival commemorates the estimated 60 million people who lost their homelands and their freedom during the African slave trade. Slaves were transported from the port town on the Atlantic from Nigeria, Togo, Ghana and other parts of West Africa. The traditional African religion of voodoo, which spread to the Americas with the slave trade, combines elements including philosophy and medicine. The central belief of voodoo is that everything is spirit, including humans. Voodoo is closely related to other belief systems and religions I have seen across Africa, especially back home in Nigeria. The annual Ouidah gathering on 10 January has been a national holiday in Benin for more than 20 years. The gathering includes traditional dance and animal sacrifices at shrines, with some devotees entering trance states. The peak of the festival is in the last two days. Devotees offer dances to the spirits, often with bodies decorated with local powder and palm oil. There are those who find the initiation ceremonies of voodoo, the animal sacrifices, the bloodletting and the use of fetishes unsettling. Although many voodoo practices have been modified over the years, I have heard people, especially those who follow Christianity and Islam, voice their doubts. Whatever your opinion of voodoo, it's hard to ignore the energy and devotion of its followers at a gathering like this. The Ouidah festival looks set to remain a regular fixture in Benin's religious and cultural calendar. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
BENIN-POLITICS/
RTX23I44
January 22, 2016
A devotee attends the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah in Benin, January 10, 2016. In Ouidah, a small...
Ouidah, Benin
A Picture And Its Story: Voodoo festival of Benin
A devotee attends the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah in Benin, January 10, 2016. In Ouidah, a small town and former slave port in the West African country of Benin, the annual voodoo festival gathers visitors from far and wide. It's a week that brings together priests and dignitaries, rich and poor, locals and visitors from as far afield as the Caribbean and France. The festival commemorates the estimated 60 million people who lost their homelands and their freedom during the African slave trade. Slaves were transported from the port town on the Atlantic from Nigeria, Togo, Ghana and other parts of West Africa. The traditional African religion of voodoo, which spread to the Americas with the slave trade, combines elements including philosophy and medicine. The central belief of voodoo is that everything is spirit, including humans. Voodoo is closely related to other belief systems and religions I have seen across Africa, especially back home in Nigeria. The annual Ouidah gathering on 10 January has been a national holiday in Benin for more than 20 years. The gathering includes traditional dance and animal sacrifices at shrines, with some devotees entering trance states. The peak of the festival is in the last two days. Devotees offer dances to the spirits, often with bodies decorated with local powder and palm oil. There are those who find the initiation ceremonies of voodoo, the animal sacrifices, the bloodletting and the use of fetishes unsettling. Although many voodoo practices have been modified over the years, I have heard people, especially those who follow Christianity and Islam, voice their doubts. Whatever your opinion of voodoo, it's hard to ignore the energy and devotion of its followers at a gathering like this. The Ouidah festival looks set to remain a regular fixture in Benin's religious and cultural calendar. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
BENIN-POLITICS/
RTX21RK4
January 10, 2016
Devotees attend the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national voodoo holiday in...
Ouidah, Benin
Devotees attend the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah
Devotees attend the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national voodoo holiday in the West African country of Benin had a distinctively political accent this year as practitioners from Africa and the Americas gathered on Sunday to offer prayers and sacrifices for peace. Hundreds of followers of the traditional religion gathered in the Atlantic coast town of Ouidah, once an important port in the slave trade, to pray for calm during the tiny country's presidential election scheduled for February. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
BENIN-POLITICS/
RTX21RK3
January 10, 2016
Devotees kill a goat as a sacrifice at a shrine at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016....
Ouidah, Benin
Devotees kill a goat as a sacrifice at a shrine at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah
Devotees kill a goat as a sacrifice at a shrine at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national voodoo holiday in the West African country of Benin had a distinctively political accent this year as practitioners from Africa and the Americas gathered on Sunday to offer prayers and sacrifices for peace. Hundreds of followers of the traditional religion gathered in the Atlantic coast town of Ouidah, once an important port in the slave trade, to pray for calm during the tiny country's presidential election scheduled for February. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
BENIN-POLITICS/
RTX21RJY
January 10, 2016
Voodoo chief priest Dagbo (C) walks with other devotees during a traditional street procession at the...
Ouidah, Benin
Voodoo chief priest Dagbo walks with other devotees during a traditional street procession at the beginning...
Voodoo chief priest Dagbo (C) walks with other devotees during a traditional street procession at the beginning of the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national voodoo holiday in the West African country of Benin had a distinctively political accent this year as practitioners from Africa and the Americas gathered on Sunday to offer prayers and sacrifices for peace. Hundreds of followers of the traditional religion gathered in the Atlantic coast town of Ouidah, once an important port in the slave trade, to pray for calm during the tiny country's presidential election scheduled for February. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
BENIN-POLITICS/
RTX21RJW
January 10, 2016
A devotee is guided as he dances on a stage at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016....
Ouidah, Benin
A devotee is guided as he dances on a stage at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah
A devotee is guided as he dances on a stage at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national voodoo holiday in the West African country of Benin had a distinctively political accent this year as practitioners from Africa and the Americas gathered on Sunday to offer prayers and sacrifices for peace. Hundreds of followers of the traditional religion gathered in the Atlantic coast town of Ouidah, once an important port in the slave trade, to pray for calm during the tiny country's presidential election scheduled for February. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
BENIN-POLITICS/
RTX21RJT
January 10, 2016
People watch as traditional drummers perform at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016....
Ouidah, Benin
People watch as traditional drummers perform at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah
People watch as traditional drummers perform at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national voodoo holiday in the West African country of Benin had a distinctively political accent this year as practitioners from Africa and the Americas gathered on Sunday to offer prayers and sacrifices for peace. Hundreds of followers of the traditional religion gathered in the Atlantic coast town of Ouidah, once an important port in the slave trade, to pray for calm during the tiny country's presidential election scheduled for February. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
BENIN-POLITICS/
RTX21RJS
January 10, 2016
A devotee dances at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national voodoo holiday...
Ouidah, Benin
A devotee dances at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah
A devotee dances at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national voodoo holiday in the West African country of Benin had a distinctively political accent this year as practitioners from Africa and the Americas gathered on Sunday to offer prayers and sacrifices for peace. Hundreds of followers of the traditional religion gathered in the Atlantic coast town of Ouidah, once an important port in the slave trade, to pray for calm during the tiny country's presidential election scheduled for February. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
BENIN-POLITICS/
RTX21RJQ
January 10, 2016
A devotee is cheered as he dances at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national...
Quidah, Benin
A devotee is cheered as he dances at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah
A devotee is cheered as he dances at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national voodoo holiday in the West African country of Benin had a distinctively political accent this year as practitioners from Africa and the Americas gathered on Sunday to offer prayers and sacrifices for peace. Hundreds of followers of the traditional religion gathered in the Atlantic coast town of Ouidah, once an important port in the slave trade, to pray for calm during the tiny country's presidential election scheduled for February. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
BENIN-POLITICS/
RTX21RJP
January 10, 2016
People watch a masquerade dance at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national...
Ouidah, Benin
People watch a masquerade dance at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah
People watch a masquerade dance at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national voodoo holiday in the West African country of Benin had a distinctively political accent this year as practitioners from Africa and the Americas gathered on Sunday to offer prayers and sacrifices for peace. Hundreds of followers of the traditional religion gathered in the Atlantic coast town of Ouidah, once an important port in the slave trade, to pray for calm during the tiny country's presidential election scheduled for February. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
BENIN-POLITICS/
RTX21RJO
January 10, 2016
People watch a masquerade dance at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national...
Ouidah, Benin
People watch a masquerade dance at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah
People watch a masquerade dance at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national voodoo holiday in the West African country of Benin had a distinctively political accent this year as practitioners from Africa and the Americas gathered on Sunday to offer prayers and sacrifices for peace. Hundreds of followers of the traditional religion gathered in the Atlantic coast town of Ouidah, once an important port in the slave trade, to pray for calm during the tiny country's presidential election scheduled for February. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
BENIN-POLITICS/
RTX21RJL
January 10, 2016
Devotees attend the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national voodoo holiday in...
Ouidah, Benin
Devotees attend the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah
Devotees attend the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national voodoo holiday in the West African country of Benin had a distinctively political accent this year as practitioners from Africa and the Americas gathered on Sunday to offer prayers and sacrifices for peace. Hundreds of followers of the traditional religion gathered in the Atlantic coast town of Ouidah, once an important port in the slave trade, to pray for calm during the tiny country's presidential election scheduled for February. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
BENIN-POLITICS/
RTX21RJK
January 10, 2016
A devotee dances at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national voodoo holiday...
Quidah, Benin
A devotee dances at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah
A devotee dances at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national voodoo holiday in the West African country of Benin had a distinctively political accent this year as practitioners from Africa and the Americas gathered on Sunday to offer prayers and sacrifices for peace. Hundreds of followers of the traditional religion gathered in the Atlantic coast town of Ouidah, once an important port in the slave trade, to pray for calm during the tiny country's presidential election scheduled for February. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
HAITI-RELIGION/
RTX1UHFU
November 03, 2015
A voodoo believer prays at the Baron Samdi cross at the cemetery of Cite Soleil, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti,...
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
A voodoo believer prays at the Baron Samdi cross at the cemetery of Cite Soleil, in Port-au-Prince
A voodoo believer prays at the Baron Samdi cross at the cemetery of Cite Soleil, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 2, 2015. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
HAITI-RELIGION/
RTX1UHFP
November 03, 2015
A Haitian voodoo practitioner dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, stands beside Baron Samdi cross...
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
A Haitian voodoo practitioner dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, stands beside Baron Samdi cross...
A Haitian voodoo practitioner dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, stands beside Baron Samdi cross at the cemetery of Cite Soleil, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 2, 2015. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18NN
September 15, 2015
School teacher Niurka Mola, 50, holds a doll which symbolises the African sea goddess Yemaya before a...
Havana, Cuba
School teacher Niurka Mola, 50, holds a doll which symbolises the African sea goddess Yemaya before a...
School teacher Niurka Mola, 50, holds a doll which symbolises the African sea goddess Yemaya before a ceremony in her home, a house known as Cabildo, or religious house by Santeria tradition, in downtown Havana, August 7, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 7, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18NL
September 15, 2015
Santeria practitioner Miguel Angel, 36, sings religious songs at his home in downtown Havana, August...
Havana, Cuba
Santeria practitioner Miguel Angel, 36, sings religious songs at his home in downtown Havana
Santeria practitioner Miguel Angel, 36, sings religious songs at his home in downtown Havana, August 28, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 28, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18NI
September 15, 2015
Followers of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria pray for the spirits in front of an altar and an image...
Havana, Cuba
Followers of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria pray for the spirits in front of an altar and an image...
Followers of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria pray for the spirits in front of an altar and an image of Jesus Christ before a ceremony in a house known as Cabildo, or religious house by Santeria tradition, in downtown Havana, August 7, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognising the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 7, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18NH
September 15, 2015
A Santeria practitioner dances during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance...
Havana, Cuba
A Santeria practitioner dances during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance...
A Santeria practitioner dances during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18NC
September 15, 2015
A doll with a black chicken's feather on her head is seen as part of an altar produced for a ceremony...
Havana, Cuba
A doll with a black chicken's feather on her head is part of an altar produced for a ceremony of the...
A doll with a black chicken's feather on her head is seen as part of an altar produced for a ceremony of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in a house in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18NA
September 15, 2015
People take part in the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a Santero...
Havana, Cuba
People take part in the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing...
People take part in the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing a year-long rite of passage in the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria, Havana, July 5, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on July 5, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18N8
September 15, 2015
Santeria's sacred symbols are seen in a house during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors...
Havana, Cuba
Santeria's sacred symbols are seen in a house during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors...
Santeria's sacred symbols are seen in a house during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18N7
September 15, 2015
Gilian Caballero, 8, holds a pigeon for sale used for Santeria rituals in downtown Havana, August 4,...
Havana, Cuba
Gilian Caballero, 8, holds a pigeon for sale used during Santeria rituals in downtown Havana
Gilian Caballero, 8, holds a pigeon for sale used for Santeria rituals in downtown Havana, August 4, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 4, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18N5
September 15, 2015
Santeria practitioner Humberto Cuevas (C) undergoes a brief fit of spirit-induced convulsions during...
Havana, Cuba
Santeria practitioner Humberto Cuevas, undergoes a brief fit of spirit-induced convulsions during a ceremony...
Santeria practitioner Humberto Cuevas (C) undergoes a brief fit of spirit-induced convulsions during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognising the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18N3
September 15, 2015
A woman dressed in white in accordance with the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria sits at her doorstep in...
Havana, Cuba
A woman dressed in white in accordance with the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria sits at her doorstep in...
A woman dressed in white in accordance with the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria sits at her doorstep in downtown Havana, August 28, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 28, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18N2
September 15, 2015
Police officers check a recently robbed shop of Santeria articles in downtown Havana, August 21, 2015....
Havana, Cuba
Police officers check a recently robbed shop of Santeria articles in downtown Havana
Police officers check a recently robbed shop of Santeria articles in downtown Havana, August 21, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 21, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18N0
September 15, 2015
A Santeria practioner rests after a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance...
Havana, Cuba
A Santeria practitioner rests after a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance...
A Santeria practioner rests after a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MY
September 15, 2015
A cactus, believed by Santeria followers to give protection for the house, hangs on the door of a house...
Havana, Cuba
A cactus, believed by Santeria followers to give protection for the house, hangs on the door of a house...
A cactus, believed by Santeria followers to give protection for the house, hangs on the door of a house in downtown Havana, August 28, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 28, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MX
September 15, 2015
Santeria practitioner Lyan Hernandez, 36, (C) undergoes a brief fit of spirit-induced convulsions during...
Havana, Cuba
Santeria practitioner Lyan Hernandez, 36, undergoes a brief fit of spirit-induced convulsions during...
Santeria practitioner Lyan Hernandez, 36, (C) undergoes a brief fit of spirit-induced convulsions during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MW
September 15, 2015
Denis Millares, 7, (C) sleeps as people dance during a ceremony of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria to...
Havana, Cuba
Denis Millares, 7, sleeps as people dance during a ceremony of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria to attract...
Denis Millares, 7, (C) sleeps as people dance during a ceremony of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MV
September 15, 2015
People talk during the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a Santero...
Havana, Cuba
People talk during the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a Santero...
People talk during the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing a year-long rite of passage in the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria, Havana, July 5, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on July 5, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MT
September 15, 2015
A girl dressed in white in accordance with the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria stands at her doorstep in...
Havana, Cuba
A girl dressed in white in accordance with the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria stands at her doorstep in...
A girl dressed in white in accordance with the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria stands at her doorstep in downtown Havana, September 8, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MS
September 15, 2015
Dancers Leannis Ortega, 20, (C), and Nairobis Placers, 20, (L), take part in the party of Yensy Villarreal,...
Havana, Cuba
Dancers take part in the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing...
Dancers Leannis Ortega, 20, (C), and Nairobis Placers, 20, (L), take part in the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing a year-long rite of passage in the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria, Havana, July 5, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on July 5, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MQ
September 15, 2015
Santeria believers get some fresh air on a balcony during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors...
Havana, Cuba
Santeria believers get some fresh air on a balcony during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors...
Santeria believers get some fresh air on a balcony during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MN
September 15, 2015
Santeria practitioners undergo a brief fit of spirit-induced convulsions during a ceremony to attract...
Havana, Cuba
Santeria practitioners undergo a brief fit of spirit-induced convulsions during a ceremony to attract...
Santeria practitioners undergo a brief fit of spirit-induced convulsions during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MJ
September 15, 2015
Yensy Villarreal, 9, (C), who lives in Miami, dances in the backyard of his home with friends in celebration...
Havana, Cuba
Yensy Villarreal, 9, who lives in Miami, dances in the backyard of his home with friends in celebration...
Yensy Villarreal, 9, (C), who lives in Miami, dances in the backyard of his home with friends in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing a year-long rite of passage in the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria, Havana, July 5, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on July 5, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MI
September 15, 2015
Coffeeshop worker Yudi Linares, 37, takes a selfie during the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured),...
Havana, Cuba
Coffeeshop worker Yudi Linares, 37, takes a selfie during the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured),...
Coffeeshop worker Yudi Linares, 37, takes a selfie during the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing a year-long rite of passage in the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria, Havana, July 5, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on July 5, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MG
September 15, 2015
Yensy Villarreal, 9, (C), who lives in Miami, dances in the backyard of his home with friends and his...
Havana, Cuba
Yensy Villarreal, 9, who lives in Miami, dances in the backyard of his home with friends and his mother...
Yensy Villarreal, 9, (C), who lives in Miami, dances in the backyard of his home with friends and his mother (R) in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing a year-long rite of passage in the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria, Havana, July 5, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognising the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on July 5, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MF
September 15, 2015
People dance during the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a Santero...
Havana, Cuba
People dance during the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing...
People dance during the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing a year-long rite of passage in the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria, Havana, July 5, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on July 5, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MD
September 15, 2015
A woman reacts during the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a...
Havana, Cuba
A woman reacts during the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing...
A woman reacts during the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing a year-long rite of passage in the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria, Havana, July 5, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on July 5, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MA
September 15, 2015
Public park caretaker Idalberto Diaz, 55, rests in a bed beside his 6-month-old granddaughter Lia, before...
Havana, Cuba
Public park caretaker Idalberto Diaz, 55, rests in a bed beside his 6-month-old granddaughter Lia, before...
Public park caretaker Idalberto Diaz, 55, rests in a bed beside his 6-month-old granddaughter Lia, before a ceremony in a house known as Cabildo, or religious house by Santeria tradition, in downtown Havana, August 7, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 7, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18M8
September 15, 2015
People take part in the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a Santero...
Havana, Cuba
People take part in the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing...
People take part in the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing a year-long rite of passage in the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria, Havana, July 5, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on July 5, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18M3
September 15, 2015
Santeria practitioner Adriana Millarez, 26, gets some fresh air during a ceremony to attract spirits...
Havana, Cuba
Santeria practitioner Adriana Millarez, 26, gets some fresh air during a ceremony to attract spirits...
Santeria practitioner Adriana Millarez, 26, gets some fresh air during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18M2
September 15, 2015
Santeria practitioner Yuris Landis, a 27-year-old nurse, smokes a cigar during a ceremony of the Afro-Cuban...
Havana, Cuba
Santeria practitioner Yuris Landis, a 27-year-old nurse, smokes a cigar during a ceremony of the Afro-Cuban...
Santeria practitioner Yuris Landis, a 27-year-old nurse, smokes a cigar during a ceremony of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18M1
September 15, 2015
People prepare to take part into a ceremony of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria to attract spirits of...
Havana, Cuba
People prepare to take part into a ceremony of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria to attract spirits of...
People prepare to take part into a ceremony of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18LZ
September 15, 2015
Offerings for spirits are seen in a house during a Santeria ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors...
Havana, Cuba
Offerings for spirits are seen in a house during a Santeria ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors...
Offerings for spirits are seen in a house during a Santeria ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18LM
September 15, 2015
Jaimee Vilarino, 3, (L), plays with a mobile phone during a party for Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured),...
Havana, Cuba
Jaimee Vilarino, 3, plays with a mobile phone during a party for Yensy Villarreal, 9, in celebration...
Jaimee Vilarino, 3, (L), plays with a mobile phone during a party for Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing a year-long rite of passage in the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria, Havana, July 5, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on July 5, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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