In Reverence of the Natural World: Saut-d’Eau, Haiti

In the mountains of central Haiti is a rare forested region of strong trees and lush waterfalls, a reminder of what the entire island of Hispaniola once was before much of it was deforested leaving the nation in a state of erosion. Each year on July 14 thousands make a pilgrimage to the town of Saut-d’Eau for a cleansing ritual, a spiritual process where they wash away the past year in the fresh water and scent themselves with herbs and oils to enter into the coming year.