Spirits in Vodou are known as Loa; Catholic Saints lithographs are used to represent them. During slavery in Haiti, white french masters forbade the slaves from pursuing Vodou as a religion and anyone caught practicing any religion other than Catholicism were severely punished. The slaves, still deeply attached to their African roots, were obliged to use Catholic Saint Image during Vodou ceremonies, pretending to be praying to them while deep in their heart they were praying to their African gods. This is the main characteristic that differentiate the Vodou that is practiced in Haiti and in Africa. Over 400 years have passed, but the tradition strangely still remain today; it is so deeply rooted in the religion that it is almost impossible to even imagine Haitian Vodou without the representation of the Loas with Catholic Saints' images.  

Filomez

Posted by Sydney Noel on Sunday, October 5, 2014

Filomez

                                                               




Filomez is considered to be a cheerful merchant girl who brings prosperity. She is served with colors like light blue, light green, light yellow and white. Her love for perfume, flowers have people claim her as a sister of Erzulie Freda. Although she is also a Rada Loa, she is not related to Erzulie Freda. Filomez is a water spirits and when she comes in possession, she walks on her knees and  a bouquet of flower is presented to her which she scatters on the ground. Other times, she takes a broom and sweep away all negativity and bad luck from the area. 
She is known to reveal secrets to people in dreams. She is a very rare loa, and almost never comes in possession. The image of Saint Philomena is used to depict her.
A very popular song is usually sang when she comes in possession.


"Mwen mande ki Lwa sa a, Yo di mwen se mambo Filomèz( bis)
Filomèz bèl fanm ki kote ou prale?
Filomèz bèl fanm ki kote ou prale?
Mwen prale nan so, mwen pral siyen non mwen"


"I ask who is this loa, they told me it's Mambo Filomèz (bis)
Filomèz beautiful woman where are you going?
Filomèz beautiful woman where are you going?
I'm going to the waterfall to sign my name"






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