RARA Vodou, Power and Performance

RARA AS A FORM OF CARNIVAL
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Two young Rara kings (Wa Rara)

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Young Rara kings and queen rest after dancing

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Majo Jonc in Leogane dress in sequins to juggle their batons.

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Rara band in cloth strip costume, in the style of the Artibonite Valley.

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Rara with Queens in green and orange

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Rara colonels on manoevers

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Rara streams down a street in Carrefour

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Anacaona, Indian Queen of Haiti, surrounded by Rara bands

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A Rara band from a distance

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Singing, dancing down the road

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Video
Video Screen ShotThe whole lakou breaks out in banboch (couples dancing) as the Rara band plays. A sweet moment, everybody is enjoying themselves.

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Video Screen ShotMusicians in an Artibonite Rara walking. You can see the waves of music pass by.

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Video Screen ShotRara in Leogane. See how big the crowd is! There are thousands in this town who come to Leogane especially for Rara week, sometimes from the US and beyond.

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Video Screen ShotRara band performs "Shario Pye," or without instruments.

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Video Screen ShotComposite of an Artibonite Rara on the roadside. Here the queens blow the whistle, directing the action, while the colonel whips the crossroads to activate the spirits.

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Video Screen ShotA Rara majo jon twirls his machete to perform for our crew. In the end, the idea is to solicit contributions through such a spectacular performance!

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Video Screen ShotIn this Rara in the mountains above Petionville, you can see a young Queen and two Kings dance the mazoun.

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