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.  

La Sirene

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

La Sirene

                                                                      

La Sirène is usually pictured with green blue-eyes and mulatto skin with long straight dark hair. She is the wife of Agwe who she rules the seas with. She is known for her power to bring luck and money from the ocean's depth were she makes her own music. All treasures of the ocean are hers and the underwater palace she shares with Agwe is filled with gold and precious items  that have come from sunken ships. Due to this, La Sirène adores objects of beauty, jewelery, gold and diamond, as offerings to her upon her altar. La Sirène is a seductress rich mulatto woman like Erzulie Freda and fierce like the dangerous Erzulie Dantor. Each Lwa has a personality and mannerisms that are exhibited during possession. La Sirene, when in possession, often finds it difficult to walk because she does not have the legs and feet of a human! To make it easier for her in ceremony, she will often be lifted by two strong men either side of her and carried around the temple. She is kept wet by other celebrants who douse her continually with buckets of water, and if she runs towards a large body of water the celebrants will hold her back. Her main work is to help those who have instability on their marriage or relationship.  La Sirène is usually discerned in the image of Our Lady of Navigation.


Alternatives: La sirène Diaman(La Sirène the Diamond), Mambo La Sirène



Song for La Sirene

Mwen mache lannwit o mwen pa genyen chans
Mwen mache lajounen La Sirene malè rive Mwen (bis)
Yon sèl pitit fi mwen genyen Mambo La Sirene o
Yon sèl pitit fi mwen genyen Mambo La Sirene o
Gade'm mache lannwit o malè rive mwen.


I walk at night oh! I don't have any luck
I walk during the day misfortune happens to me (bis)
I only have one daughter Mambo La Sirene oh!
I only have one daughter Mambo La Sirene oh!
 See I walk at night misfortune happens to me.





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