THE KINGDOM OF THIS WORLD

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Plaine du Nord (page 27)

There are three regions in the mainland of Haiti: the northern region, which includes the northern peninsula; the central region; and the southern region, which includes the southern peninsula. The Plaine du Nord (the northern plain, or 'Plen Dino' in Haitian Kreyol) lies on the northern border of the country between the Massif de Nord moutnain range and the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the major provinces of Haiti, and where the revolt that began the Haitian Revolution took place.

When the people of the area refer to “The Cap” or "Le Cap" they are referring to the major port city of Cap-Haiten, or as it was known back then, Cap Francais.

http://www.justmaps.org/maps/images/haiti/haiti-map1.jpg

The Plain du Nord has strong Vodou spirit associations. An annual festival is held here, attended by Vodou pilgrims. They bathe themselves, similar to a baptism, in a sacred mud pool, “honoring the spirit Ogou”. Vodou ceremonies and rituals occur at the mud pool, including the sacrifice of animals.

Vodou follower bathing in the mud pool.

In the novel The Kingdom of This World, it is the main area that is affected by Macandal's poisoning campaign. Tthe plantation owned by M. Lenormand de Mezy, the owner of the slave Ti-Noel, where the slave revolt started, is on the Plaine, just outside Cap Haitien. Plaine du Nord is also referenced during Ti Nöel’s trek to Bois Caïman, and Carpentier notes the delegates to the Bois Caiman ceremony being “covered with mud to the waist” (page 65).

haiti maps, map of haiti, detailed map of haiti

For more information, go to:

http://countrystudies.us/haiti/19.htm

http://reference.allrefer.com/country-guide-study/haiti/haiti28.html

http://reference.allrefer.com/gazetteer/P/P05493-plaine-du-nord.html

 

For more on the Vodou mud-bathing ritual, including additional pictures, go to:

http://wehaitians.com/haitian%20voodoo.html

http://www.wehaitians.com/a%201%20grand%20voodoo%20celebration%20in%20haiti.html

http://www.inmotionaame.org/gallery/detail.cfm;jsessionid=f830182541255725033468?migration=12&topic=7&id=544199&type=image&bhcp=1

 

 

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