Sodo, Haiti, photographs by Phyllis Galembo.

Sodo, Haiti

Phyllis Galembo
Sodo, Haiti, 1997-2001, 16x20” toned silver prins

Near Ville Bonheur, thousands of pilgrims annually make the difficult trek to Sodo, a sacred waterfall in the heart of Haiti. "Sodo" is the Creole spelling of "Saut d'Eau" which means "waterfall" in French. It is a holy pilgrimage to the place where it is believed Viej Mirak (the Miracle Virgin) dwells. The pilgrimage takes place on or around July 16th, when Catholicism celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Also, the period near July 16th commemorates the date in 1849 when the Virgin Mary appeared among the foliage of a palm tree to a peasant farmer. The blending of these events resulted in the desire to worship the Vodou spirit of Ezuli Danto, the warrior mother. I annually participated in the pilgrimage from 1997 to 2001.