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Members of different tribes of the Maroon community, descendants of runaway slaves, compete in the 3rd Poolo Boto (beautiful boat) competition as part of the Moengo Festival of Music in Marowijne district, northern Suriname, September 23, 2016. (Photo by Ranu Abhelakh/Reuters)

Members of different tribes of the Maroon community, descendants of runaway slaves, compete in the 3rd Poolo Boto (beautiful boat) competition as part of the Moengo Festival of Music in Marowijne district, northern Suriname, September 23, 2016. (Photo by Ranu Abhelakh/Reuters)
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25 Sep 2016 07:38:00
This image of a young bareback rider was taken in the village of Palenque de San Basilio, in Colombia’s Bolívar department. Founded by freed slaves in the 17th century, it became the first free town in the Americas, following a decree by the Spanish crown. Most of today’s inhabitants are direct descendants of those slaves and have preserved many of their customs, including their own language, Palenquero. (Photo by Sebastián Suki Beláustegui/The Guardian)

This image of a young bareback rider was taken in the village of Palenque de San Basilio, in Colombia’s Bolívar department. Founded by freed slaves in the 17th century, it became the first free town in the Americas, following a decree by the Spanish crown. Most of today’s inhabitants are direct descendants of those slaves and have preserved many of their customs, including their own language, Palenquero. (Photo by Sebastián Suki Beláustegui/The Guardian)
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07 Sep 2017 09:13:00
Masquerade performers participate in the annual Badagry cultural festival near the old slave port in Badagry, on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria August 27, 2016. (Photo by Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters)

Masquerade performers participate in the annual Badagry cultural festival near the old slave port in Badagry, on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria August 27, 2016. (Photo by Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters)
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29 Aug 2016 07:18:00
Gandhi as Yoda. (Photo by Mike Leavitt/Rex USA)

An artist has created a homage to cultural and historical figures – by immortalising them as Star Wars characters. Mike Leavitt wanted to “document the pulse of our times” through his sculpture by splicing non-fiction characters with famous faces. He chose the sci-fi trilogy as a basis for what he calls his “pop culture satirical mash-ups”, with many of the pieces hand-carved from wood. The hilarious results include Albert Einstein as R2D2, Michael Jackson as an Ewok and Angelina Jolie in Princess Leia's famous slave girl outfit. Photo: Gandhi as Yoda. (Photo by Mike Leavitt/Rex USA)
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20 Dec 2013 08:42:00
Praia du Forte, Bahia. “This was the lead picture for a National Geographic story on Bahia, because it was both mysterious as well as a “geography” picture showing where the slaves arrived from Nigeria. Beach pictures seem like they should be easy to take, but for me they are actually quite difficult. Too easy to fall into cliche. When I saw the kid coming on the horse, I quickly ran to see if I could make something with a woman in a bikini that was not a bikini shot”. (Photo by David Alan Harvey/The Guardian)

Praia du Forte, Bahia. “This was the lead picture for a National Geographic story on Bahia, because it was both mysterious as well as a “geography” picture showing where the slaves arrived from Nigeria. Beach pictures seem like they should be easy to take, but for me they are actually quite difficult. Too easy to fall into cliche. When I saw the kid coming on the horse, I quickly ran to see if I could make something with a woman in a bikini that was not a bikini shot”. (Photo by David Alan Harvey/The Guardian)
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20 Aug 2016 11:35:00
A member of a comparsa, a Uruguayan carnival group, dances during the Llamadas parade in Montevideo February 5, 2015. Thousands of people crowd the capital's Barrio Sur as costumed drummers and dancers kick off the street fiesta known as Llamadas which has traditional Afro-Uruguayan roots. The fiesta, also known in Spanish as “The Calls”, started during the colonial period as a slave parade on the city streets. (Photo by Andres Stapff/Reuters)

A member of a comparsa, a Uruguayan carnival group, dances during the Llamadas parade in Montevideo February 5, 2015. Thousands of people crowd the capital's Barrio Sur as costumed drummers and dancers kick off the street fiesta known as Llamadas which has traditional Afro-Uruguayan roots. The fiesta, also known in Spanish as “The Calls”, started during the colonial period as a slave parade on the city streets. (Photo by Andres Stapff/Reuters)
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08 Feb 2015 11:44:00
A knife is seen beside a bowl containing blood after a ram was killed as a sacrifice in front of a shrine at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah, Benin, January 10, 2016. (Photo by Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters)

A knife is seen beside a bowl containing blood after a ram was killed as a sacrifice in front of a shrine at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah, Benin, January 10, 2016. In Ouidah, a small town and former slave port in the West African country of Benin, the annual voodoo festival gathers visitors from far and wide. It's a week that brings together priests and dignitaries, rich and poor, locals and visitors from as far afield as the Caribbean and France. The festival commemorates the estimated 60 million people who lost their homelands and their freedom during the African slave trade. (Photo by Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters)
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23 Jan 2016 12:55:00
Winti spiritual leader Ramon Mac-Nack (2nd L) looks on as as his bride Melissa Karwafodi (2nd R) hands a gourd to a Maroon priest (L) as they are wedded in the first Winti marriage ever to be held in public, in district Para, Suriname, November 16, 2015. (Photo by Ranu Abhelakh/Reuters)

Winti spiritual leader Ramon Mac-Nack (2nd L) looks on as as his bride Melissa Karwafodi (2nd R) hands a gourd to a Maroon priest (L) as they are wedded in the first Winti marriage ever to be held in public, in district Para, Suriname, November 16, 2015. The Winti religion, which formed centuries ago out of elements of different religious traditions that African slaves brought with them to Suriname, was considered a form idolatry and prohibited by law since the days of slavery until it was finally officially recognized in 1971. (Photo by Ranu Abhelakh/Reuters)
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27 Nov 2015 05:51:00