Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti (1951)

Genres - Culture & Society, Spirituality & Philosophy  |   Sub-Genres - Anthropology, Religions & Belief Systems  |   Run Time - 52 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Sarah Welsh

This intimate ethnographic study of Voudoun dances and rituals was shot by Maya Deren during her years in Haiti (1947-1951); she never edited the footage, so this "finished" version was made by Teiji Ito and Cherel Ito after Deren's death. The possession rites of the Rada, Petra, and Congo sects are featured along with Rara and Mardi Gras celebrations.

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celebration, cultural-traditions, dance [art], ethnography, ghost, gods, Haiti, mysticism, prayers, rites, ritual, trance, voodoo, zombie