SUNSET CEREMONY

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Sallie Ann Glassman, a Vodou practitioner born in Maine of Jewish-Ukrainian heritage, center, makes ceremonial sand drawings as members of La Source Ancienne Ounfo, a Vodou society, dance next to a shrine of a Louisiana Creole Vodou practitioner Marie Laveau before a head washing/Vodou baptism ceremony on St. John's Eve on the pedestrian bridge of Bayou St. John in New Orleans on Sunday.
Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Sallie Ann Glassman, a Vodou practitioner born in Maine of Jewish-Ukrainian heritage, center, makes ceremonial sand drawings as members of La Source Ancienne Ounfo, a Vodou society, dance next to a shrine of a Louisiana Creole Vodou practitioner Marie Laveau before a head washing/Vodou baptism ceremony on St. John's Eve on the pedestrian bridge of Bayou St. John in New Orleans on Sunday.

Bearing flowers, candles and food, followers of ‘Vodou,’ as well as the merely curious, gathered Sunday at Magnolia Bridge over Bayou St. John to celebrate the feast day of St. John the Baptist. The main event was ‘headwashing,’ intended to cleanse and rejuvenate the mind.