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A pilgrim holds the hoof of a recently sacrificed bull in St. Jacques' hole, the site of an annual voodou festival held on July 24 and 25, 2008, in the village of Plaine du Nord, Haiti. The baptismal festival centers around St. Jacques' hole, a mud pit on the edge of the village, and honors the lwa Ogou, who presides over matters of war, politics, fire and iron, as well as St. James, the Catholic warrior saint. Animal sacrifice to appease the spirits is an intrinsic part of voodou.

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A pilgrim holds the hoof of a recently sacrificed bull in St. Jacques' hole, the site of an annual voodou festival held on July 24 and 25, 2008, in the village of Plaine du Nord, Haiti. The baptismal festival centers around St. Jacques' hole, a mud pit on the edge of the village, and honors the lwa Ogou, who presides over matters of war, politics, fire and iron, as well as St. James, the Catholic warrior saint. Animal sacrifice to appease the spirits is an intrinsic part of voodou.