RARA Vodou, Power and Performance

RARA AND THE CHRISTIANS, RARA AND THE JEWS
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Catholic Procession

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Judas sits in effegy, waiting to be burned on Holy Saturday

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Anti-Superstition Campaign painting

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Passion Play

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Haitian painting of the Crucifixion

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Rara Majo Jon metalwork sculpture

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Christ as Zonbi Metalwork Sculpture

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A Passion Play Beating

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Video Screen ShotEffigy of "Judas" on Holy Thursday. See the text sections for more information.

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Video Screen ShotRara "ekzesis" (sort of like warm up excercizes to coordinate the dancers). One President told me that symbolically, Rara members take turns holding the whip to play Jesus, while the rest of the band plays "Jewish soldiers" chasing him. Some bands understand themselves as carrying on a "Jewish" legacy from ancient times.

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