Andy Levin/Contact Press Images for ABC News
  • In the first two days of November, thousands of Haitian Voodoo (or Vodou) believers visit cemeteries to pay their respects to deceased ancestors and the spirits of death during a celebration known as Fete Gede.</br></br>Pictured, Vodouists pray to Baron Samedi by his cross at the national cemetery in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
    Andy Levin/Contact Press Images for ABC News
  • Hurricane Matthew devastated the southern part of Haiti just one month ago, but Richard Morse, the leader of the Voodoo band RAM, says, "Life goes on after disasters. The only way Gede would be canceled is if a hurricane happened that day."
    Andy Levin/Contact Press Images for ABC News
  • Bones rest atop a crypt in the national cemetery in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Crypts are often rented for a year. If the lease is not renewed, the remains are evicted.
    Andy Levin/Contact Press Images for ABC News
  • A woman holds a candle during Fete Gede, the Haitian celebration of the dead, in the national cemetery in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
    Andy Levin/Contact Press Images for ABC News
  • A Haitian Vodouist stands in the national cemetery during Fete Gede in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The first woman buried in any Haitian cemetery is referred to as Maman Brigitte, after a powerful Vodou spirit who is the wife of Baron Samedi.
    Andy Levin/Contact Press Images for ABC News
  • Gede is the primary Haitian spirit of death. The grave of the first man buried in any Haitian cemetery is consecrated to Gede's cousin Baron Samedi, often depicted in purple and wearing a top hat. Here, a Vodouist stands by Baron Samedi's cross in the national cemetery in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. During Fete Gede, believers spray the cross with rum mixed with hot peppers and leave various offerings.
    Andy Levin/Contact Press Images for ABC News
  • Haitian Vodouists play at Gede and are often possessed with the spirit of Gede, taking on humorous, violent or sexual personas as the loa, or spirits, mount them.
    Andy Levin/Contact Press Images for ABC News
  • Practitioners light a fire beneath Baron Samedi's cross.
    Andy Levin/Contact Press Images for ABC News
  • Offerings of food and alcohol sit among human bones at altar in the national cemetery during Fete Gede in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
    Andy Levin/Contact Press Images for ABC News
  • A woman dressed as Maman Brigitte smokes a pipe during a Gede celebration in the national cemetery in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
    Andy Levin/Contact Press Images for ABC News
  • Cemetery employee Kale Bwa is possessed at the altar of Baron Kriminel in the national cemetery in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
    Andy Levin/Contact Press Images for ABC News
  • People watch a Vodouist in the national cemetery in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
    Andy Levin/Contact Press Images for ABC News
  • Haitians celebrate Gede at the national cemetery in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
    Andy Levin/Contact Press Images for ABC News
  • Possessed Vodouists can become violent, especially later in the day as the alcohol kicks in, and fights are common. Pictured, two men get into a confrontation during Fete Gede at the national cemetery in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
    Andy Levin/Contact Press Images for ABC News
  • The skull of a child evicted from a crypt sits on a grave in the national cemetery in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. If Haitians cannot pay for a rented burial space, the crypt owners remove the remains, which are left outside or burned.
    Andy Levin/Contact Press Images for ABC News
  • Visitors pin dolls, ribbons and amulets to a tree to keep a lover enchanted with them in the national cemetery, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
    Andy Levin/Contact Press Images for ABC News
  • A practitioner sits in contemplation in a Voodoo church near the national cemetery in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
    Andy Levin/Contact Press Images for ABC News
  • A man smiles during Fete Gede in the national cemetery in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
    Andy Levin/Contact Press Images for ABC News
  • Family members gather in the national cemetery in Port-au-Prince to bury a 13-year-old girl who was struck by a car. Her father said he will not be celebrating Gede this year.
    Andy Levin/Contact Press Images for ABC News
  • Evicted remains on top of a grave in the national cemetery.
    Andy Levin/Contact Press Images for ABC News
  • Cemetery caretaker Kale Bwa, 26, stands in the national cemetery in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at dusk.
    Andy Levin/Contact Press Images for ABC News