In the land of Black Jerusalem

I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother’s children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have […]

Ritual baths

They are named Erzulie, Cousin Zaka, Ogoun Feray. They are the lwas in Creole language, the voodoo pantheon of spirits. They are bridges between humans and the Bondye, the Supreme Being viewed as inaccessible by Voodoo believers. Every July, thousands of Haitians take good luck baths in Saut d’Eau. There, catholics give thanks to the […]

The Muslim and Christian Pilgrimage of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus

Every year in summer, a small Breton village becomes the center of a confidential but often unnoticed gathering. On this 21st of July 2012, Christian and Muslim pilgrims go to the hamlet of the Seven Saints/town of Vieux-Marche to celebrate the cult of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus. Ephesus is an ancient Greek city in […]