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 […]

A Russian Christmas Eve somewhat different

We are in January, the 6th, on Christmas Eve for the Russian Orthodox remained true to the Julian calendar. In 2012, the celebration is of a somewhat different tenor from the previous years. The Arab spring has resonated in the Russian land. The Moscow Patriarchate has gone out of its way to warn the Russian […]

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 […]