Religion

A Voodoo devotee performs on a beach at the annual Voodoo Festival on January 10, 2017 in Ouidah.  Officially declared a religion in Benin in 1996, Voodoo and the Voodoo festival attracts thousands of devotees and tourists for a day filled with ritual dances and gin drinking. Benins voodoo festival is held every year and is the West African countrys most vibrant and colourful event. / AFP PHOTO / STEFAN HEUNISSTEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images

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A Voodoo devotee performs on a beach at the annual Voodoo Festival in Ouidah, Benin.
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Greek Orthodox swimmer Nicolaos Solis kisses a wooden cross retrieved from the Bosphorus river's Golden Horn, as part of celebrations of the Epiphany day at the Church of Fener Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul, on January 6, 2017. Similar celebrations for the Epiphany Day are held across the country and region on river banks, seafronts and lakes.  / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSEOZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images

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Greek Orthodox swimmer Nicolaos Solis kisses a wooden cross retrieved from the Bosphorus river’s Golden Horn, as part of celebrations of the Epiphany day at the Church of Fener Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul today. Photo Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty

An Indian Sikh devotee takes a dip in the holy sarovar (water tank) during dense fog at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on December 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Narinder NANUNARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images

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An Indian Sikh devotee takes a dip in the holy sarovar during dense fog at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. PhotoNarinder Nanu/AFP/Getty 

A bride looks up from behind her veil during a mass marriage ceremony organized for 22 Muslim couples in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. Mass marriages in India are organized by social organizations primarily to help the economically backward families who cannot afford the high ceremony costs. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

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A bride looks up from behind her veil during a mass marriage ceremony organised for 22 Muslim couples in Mumbai, India. Rajanish Kakade/AP 

Nuns from the Order of SS. Savior of Saint Bridget of Sweden are seen as Pope Francis arrives to leads a Holy Mass at the Swedbank Stadion in Malmo, Sweden, November 1, 2016.   REUTERS/Max Rossi

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Nuns from the Order of SS. Saviour of Saint Bridget of Sweden are seen as Pope Francis arrives to leads a Holy Mass at the Swedbank Stadion in Malmo, Sweden. Photo Max Rossi/Reuters

People visit tombs of their loved ones ahead of the commemoration of All Saints day at Navotas Public cemetery in Manila, Philippines, October 31, 2016.   REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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People visit tombs of their loved ones ahead of the commemoration of All Saints day at Navotas Public cemetery in Manila, Philippines. Photo Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Workers pull an idol of the Hindu goddess Durga from a workshop to load it onto a truck towards a pandal, or a temporary platform, ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata, India, October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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Workers pull an idol of the Hindu goddess Durga from a workshop to load it onto a truck towards a pandal, or a temporary platform, ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata, India. Photo Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters 

Devotees immerse an idol of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, into the Sabarmati river on the last day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Ahmedabad, India

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Devotees immerse an idol of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, into the Sabarmati river on the last day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Ahmedabad, India

 Muslims Israeli-Arabs play at the beach in Tel Aviv during the three day Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) Muslim holiday on September 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANAMENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images

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Muslims Israeli-Arabs play at the beach in Tel-Aviv during the three day Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) Muslim holiday 

Pakistani children buy balloons to celebrate the Eid al Adha in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. Pakistani Muslims are celebrating the Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, on Tuesday to mark the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim -- Abraham to Christians and Jews -- to sacrifice his son. During the holiday Muslims slaughter sheep and cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor and eat the rest. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

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Pakistani children buy balloons to celebrate the Eid al Adha in Karachi, Pakistan 

A school boy cries following a bomb blast targeting a Christian colony in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial capital of Peshawar, Pakistan, 02 September 2016. According to media reports, four suicide bombers were shot dead by security forces after they targeted a Christian neighborhood near Peshawar, one person was killed in this incident. In another incident a suicide bomber has targeted a court in Mardan, where 11 people were killed and 30 other were wounded.  EPA/BILAWAL ARBAB  EPA/BILAWAL ARBAB

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A school boy cries following a bomb blast targeting a Christian colony in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial capital of Peshawar, Pakistan

A person dressed as in movie costume walks near Saint Rose's Church during celebrations of the anniversary of Santa Rosa de Lima, patroness of Latin America and the Philippines, in Lima

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A person dressed as in movie costume walks near Saint Rose’s Church during celebrations of the anniversary of Santa Rosa de Lima (Saint Rose of Lima), patroness of Latin America and the Philippines, in Lima, Peru.

Indian Hindus devotees are showered with water while taking a pledge before forming a 'human pyramid' during the dahi handi (curd pot) celebrations of Janmashtami, which mark the birth of Hindu god Lord Krishna, in Mumbai, India

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Indian Hindu devotees are showered with water while taking a pledge before forming a ‘human pyramid’ during the dahi handi (curd pot) celebrations of Janmashtami, which mark the birth of Hindu god Lord Krishna, in Mumbai, India

An Indian priest dances as he carries a sacrificial goat during the Deodhani Festival at the Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati

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An Indian priest dances as he carries a sacrificial goat during the Deodhani Festival at the Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati

Divers and fishermen carry the image of the Virgin of Palm as a girl touch it at El Rinconcillo beach during the yearly Virgin of Palm maritime pilgrimage on August 15, 2016 in Algeciras, Spain. The Our Lady of Palm maritime pilgrimage in Algeciras dates back to 1975 and takes place annually when fishermen rescue the submerged virgin from the deep sea. Worshippers amid thousands of visitors await its arrival at the Rinconcillo beach. The devotion for the Virgin of Palm comes from the seventeenth century when a ship coming from Italy docked at Algeciras port to wait out bad weather.

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Divers and fishermen carry the image of the Virgin of Palm as a girl touch it at El Rinconcillo beach during the yearly Virgin of Palm maritime pilgrimage 2016 in Algeciras, Spain.

Indian workers take a nap near idols of the elephant-headed Hindu god Lord Ganesha at a roadside workshop in New Delhi on August 8, 2016.

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Indian workers take a nap near idols of the elephant-headed Hindu god Lord Ganesha at a roadside workshop in New Delhi 

A religious officer canes an Acehnese youth onstage as punishment for dating outside of marriage, which is against sharia law, outside a mosque in Banda Aceh on August 1, 2016. The strictly Muslim province, Aceh has become increasingly conservative in recent years and is the only one in Indonesia implementing Sharia law. / AFP PHOTO / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDINCHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP/Getty Images

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A religious officer canes an Acehnese youth onstage as punishment for dating outside of marriage, which is against sharia law, outside a mosque in Banda Aceh. The strictly Muslim province, Aceh has become increasingly conservative in recent years and is the only one in Indonesia implementing Sharia law 

A baby is baptised during a mass baptism ceremony at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, Georgia

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A baby is baptised during a mass baptism ceremony at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, Georgia

An Indian Muslim boy offers Eid al-Fitr prayers with others in Mumbai, India, Thursday, July 7, 2016. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade )

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An Indian Muslim boy offers Eid al-Fitr prayers with others in Mumbai, India

Egyptian Muslims release balloons from the roof top of a mosque at the end of prayers on the first day of Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan on July 6, 2016 in the Nile Delta city of Mansura, some 120 kms north of Cairo.  Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.  / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKIKHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images

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Egyptian Muslims release balloons from the roof top of a mosque at the end of prayers on the first day of Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in the Nile Delta city of Mansura, Egypt