RARA Vodou, Power and Performance

Rara Gender and Sexuality
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Rara queens in the Artibonite

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Rara queens raise their skirts

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Rara colonels on manoevers

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Rara colonels on the move, whips in hand

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Video Screen ShotPregnant women perform the hip grinding "gouyad" move with their "culottes" (panties) showing. As some have noted, Rara is among other things a fertility rite; it is also a carnivalesque time to upset the social order, display the vulgar, and of course, collect contributions.

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