Photographs by Richard Freeman
Quotations from Little Haiti, Miami, Fla
When I began the project to document Haitian religious ceremonies in 2012 with UF Professor of French and Haitian Studies, Ben Hebblethwaite, it was focused solely on Miami and the Haitian community there. Ben had several connections in the community and we were invited to photograph and video record several ceremonies at two different temples, or Lakou. The first was Sociètè Makaya which was led by a Manbo (female priest) named Manbo Micla. The second was Sociètè Linto Roi 3 Mistères, led by an Hongan (priest) named Michele Tibosse Alisma. I accomppanied Ben to both locations, twice. Each time we documented several ceremonies on consecutive nights, all night, and once or twice a day ceremony also (sandwiched between the two night ceremonies). I thank the Manbo, the Hongan, and the practitioners in both congregations for their gracious hospitality.
The dates we visited Sociètè Makaya were May 2012 and September 2013. The dates we visited Sociètè Linto were July 2012 and January 2013. More can be learned by visiting www.dloc.com/vodou. If the link is not working, just cut and paste the address into your browser (I am not sure what's wrong).