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.  


Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, October 5, 2014



Kalfou is the twin brother of Papa Legba, and him too control the crossroads; but unlike Legba, Kalfou is very evil and only allow the crossing of bad spirits. He controls all the evil spirits of the dark. Kalfou is viewed as a strong, young, muscular, tall and handsome man; whereas his twin brother got old from wisdom. Very authoritative, no one speak in his presence, or he will deliberately allow misfortune, destruction, injustice to cross over. During his services, soAme of the most devilish spirits,such as Krabinay, Marinette, Lenglensou, Bakoulou Baka, always make appearance. He is the Grand Master of sorceries. It is said that the world would be a much better place without him, but he always denies his involvement with demons,and since he controls the mind, no one would even dare think otherwise. Kalfou is very respected but highly feared. His symbol is the moon and his ceremonies always take place in the middle of crossroads at night. Kalfou is undoubtedly one of the most important spirits in Voodoo. His powers and energy are needed to balance the world, and everything related to black magic and spells must get his approval, therefore, many seek his work.  Although an extremely  powerful magician, Kalfou only uses 7 leaves in almost of his work.

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