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Old 09-02-2011, 08:36 PM
 
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Any Mambo's/Houngan's posting here?

For those who don't know what it is:

Vodou (Voodoo, Vodoun) is a monotheistic religion that is a blending of African and Roman Catholic beliefs. Their is one Deity (Bond Eye) and spirits call Loa (Saints). The Loa are "messengers" between are world and the next or Bond Eye. They are catagorized in "Families" (Rada, Petro and Ghede). People communicate to the Loa using alters and rituals. A person who is being "ridden" by a Loa will act like that Loa (Baron Samedi or Ghede will make that person dress in black and want to hump anything that moves.)

The Rada are the "oldest" and are generally considered more beneficent spirits.

Legba: He stands at the crossroads between our world and the world of the Loa. He must be asked promission to "open the gate".
Loco: Patron of healers and plants. He is the husband of Ayizan and both are considered the first Mambo (priestess) and Houngan (priest).
Anaisa Pye: Patron Saint of love, money and general happiness.
Damballa: The Sky God and primordial creater of all life. His wife is Aida, she is the Loa of fertility, serpents and rainbows.
Erzulie: The Loa of love, beuty, dancing and flowers.
Mami Wata: She can be either a mermaid or a human, like the Sirens in the Greek myths, would lore sailers to their death.
Agwe: Portecter of fishermen and sailors, also rules over the sea.


The Petro are more PA and warlike.

Ezili Dantor: She watches over and protects mothers, especially single ones.
Marinette: She is cruel and vicious and usually represented by a screech owl and is the protector of werewolves.
Oguon: Watches over hunting and war. Usually pictured with a bladed weapon (sword, machete, ax, etc.).
Kalfu: Allows bad luck, destruction, disease to enter the human world. Always the "bad" Loa in. Can be synchronized with the Judeo Christian Satan.

The Ghede are spirits of the Dead. The love to party, have sex and cause mischief.

Baron Samedi: Depicted with as either a man with his face painted like a skull or as a skeleton, he wears a top hat, tux and sunglasses. He vulgor, profane, and a prankster. Decides if a person is ready to die or not, will not dig their grave until he feels its time. Also, hates to see children die, since they should live long happy lives. Has the sense of humor of a teenage boy, his wife is the same.
Maman Brigitte: Wife of the Baron. Loves, along with her husband, hot rum and cigars. Tells dirty jokes and live in the trees and rock piles in cemeteries. Is depicted as a light skinned European woman with blonde hair and green eyes.

People communicate with the Loa through prayer and use of alters with offerings (food, money, items). People might also "sacrifice" an animal (chicken/rooster, pig, goat, etc.) allowing the Loa to take/eat the essence and they will cook and eat the meat.

Voodoo is nothing like it is portrayed in movies. People do not stick pins in dolls or sacrifice people. Greed and violence are abhored and charity and kindness are virtues. People are supposed to be "watched over" by one or multiple Loa. I've always felt a pull toward Baron Samedi, I have no clue why.
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:17 PM
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Any Mambo's/Houngan's posting here?

For those who don't know what it is:

Vodou (Voodoo, Vodoun) is a monotheistic religion that is a blending of African and Roman Catholic beliefs. Their is one Deity (Bond Eye) and spirits call Loa (Saints). The Loa are "messengers" between are world and the next or Bond Eye. They are catagorized in "Families" (Rada, Petro and Ghede). People communicate to the Loa using alters and rituals. A person who is being "ridden" by a Loa will act like that Loa (Baron Samedi or Ghede will make that person dress in black and want to hump anything that moves.)

The Rada are the "oldest" and are generally considered more beneficent spirits.

Legba: He stands at the crossroads between our world and the world of the Loa. He must be asked promission to "open the gate".
Loco: Patron of healers and plants. He is the husband of Ayizan and both are considered the first Mambo (priestess) and Houngan (priest).
Anaisa Pye: Patron Saint of love, money and general happiness.
Damballa: The Sky God and primordial creater of all life. His wife is Aida, she is the Loa of fertility, serpents and rainbows.
Erzulie: The Loa of love, beuty, dancing and flowers.
Mami Wata: She can be either a mermaid or a human, like the Sirens in the Greek myths, would lore sailers to their death.
Agwe: Portecter of fishermen and sailors, also rules over the sea.


The Petro are more PA and warlike.

Ezili Dantor: She watches over and protects mothers, especially single ones.
Marinette: She is cruel and vicious and usually represented by a screech owl and is the protector of werewolves.
Oguon: Watches over hunting and war. Usually pictured with a bladed weapon (sword, machete, ax, etc.).
Kalfu: Allows bad luck, destruction, disease to enter the human world. Always the "bad" Loa in. Can be synchronized with the Judeo Christian Satan.

The Ghede are spirits of the Dead. The love to party, have sex and cause mischief.

Baron Samedi: Depicted with as either a man with his face painted like a skull or as a skeleton, he wears a top hat, tux and sunglasses. He vulgor, profane, and a prankster. Decides if a person is ready to die or not, will not dig their grave until he feels its time. Also, hates to see children die, since they should live long happy lives. Has the sense of humor of a teenage boy, his wife is the same.
Maman Brigitte: Wife of the Baron. Loves, along with her husband, hot rum and cigars. Tells dirty jokes and live in the trees and rock piles in cemeteries. Is depicted as a light skinned European woman with blonde hair and green eyes.

People communicate with the Loa through prayer and use of alters with offerings (food, money, items). People might also "sacrifice" an animal (chicken/rooster, pig, goat, etc.) allowing the Loa to take/eat the essence and they will cook and eat the meat.

Voodoo is nothing like it is portrayed in movies. People do not stick pins in dolls or sacrifice people. Greed and violence are abhored and charity and kindness are virtues. People are supposed to be "watched over" by one or multiple Loa. I've always felt a pull toward Baron Samedi, I have no clue why.
Thanks for sharing. I was in a writer's workshop once with a Haitian lady whose workshop article was about Vodou. It was very interesting and pretty much outlined what you say above. I still have it somewhere.
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:26 AM
 
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Marinette: She is cruel and vicious and usually represented by a screech owl and is the protector of werewolves.
Wait, protector OF, or protector FROM? Because if I was a werewolf I wouldn't feel the need for protection from much of anything. It's not like many people are packing silver bullets these days.

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Maman Brigitte: Wife of the Baron. Loves, along with her husband, hot rum and cigars. Tells dirty jokes and live in the trees and rock piles in cemeteries. Is depicted as a light skinned European woman with blonde hair and green eyes.
I've heard that because of her name and her appearance, Maman Brigitte is often conflated with St. Brigid, who in turn is believed by some to have not been a historical person but rather the Christianization of the pagan Celtic goddess Brigit.

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Old 09-06-2011, 03:49 AM
 
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Voodoo is interesting, but scary. I keep my distance from witchcraft.
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:16 PM
 
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JesseJames: That's an interesting pantheon of spirits. Thanks for posting.
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:24 PM
 
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Voodoo is interesting, but scary. I keep my distance from witchcraft.
Are you afraid of Harry Potter, too?
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:13 PM
 
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Voodoo is interesting, but scary. I keep my distance from witchcraft.
Voodoo isn't real neither is witchcraft
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Ontario, Canada
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Are you afraid of Harry Potter, too?
No, but thinking about Voldemort keeps me up at night.
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:31 PM
 
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Voodoo isn't real neither is witchcraft
That's good to know.
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