Max-G. Beauvoir, Leader of Haitian 'Voodoo' Religion, Dies at 79

September 14, 2015 12:10 AM

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Max-G. Beauvoir, Leader of Haitian 'Voodoo' Religion, Dies at 79

Max-G. Beauvoir, supreme leader of the Haitian hybrid of Catholicism and African animism commonly — and inaccurately — known as voodoo, died Saturday at 79, Haitian President Michel Martelly said Sunday.

Beauvoir, a U.S.- and French-educated chemical engineer, became Ati, or supreme leader, of the National Confederation of Haitian Vodou, as it is properly spelled, in 2008. About three-quarters of Haiti's population is believed to practice vodou, which Haiti officially recognized as a religion in 200...

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