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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 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 h...

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La Sirene

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

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, L...


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Agwe

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In Voodoo, Agwe, invoked under the names "Shell of the sea, Captain of the seven sea" is the sovereign of the seas. He symbolizes the intuitive powers and deep knowledge of the ocean. Agwe is the husband of La Sirène and one of the husband of  the gracious Erzulie Freda. Children of Agwe are usually water people(sailors, swimmers and water signs of the zodiac) Agwe is always saluted and signaled to, by the blowing of conch shell during his service. When Agwe comes in possession, he moves wit...


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Gran Bwa

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Gran Bwa meaning Great Tree is a nature oriented loa, closely associated with trees, plants and herbs. He is the master of the sacred forest and also the protector of wild animals. Like Loko, he is the loa of healing, knows the secrets of herbal medicine and the secrets of magic hidden in the plants. Gran Bwa represents the rich earth that you spring from and the dark woods of life you stumble through. He is one of the loa who presides over the Kanzo cycle. 


His rites fall under the petro styl...

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Kouzen Zaka

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Kouzen is the patron loa of farmers in Haitian Voodoo and is known as Minister of Agriculture. A  very good natured man in the mountains, very gentle and respected by all for being a hard worker, he enjoys the most simple things in life. He is the brother of Guede. For this reason, Guede will often come to the ceremony for Kouzen.

 He is always wear a broad brimmed straw hat, barefoot, smoking a pipe, wearing denim clothing, carrying a stra...


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Erzulie Dantor

Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, October 5, 2014 In : religion 


 

Erzulie Dantor is a dark-skinned, hardworking woman with tough country ways and she is fiercely very independent and vengeful. Erzulie Dantor is considered to be an extremely though lady who is often wild, over bearing, aggressive, and very difficult to deal with.The goddess of Jealousy, romance and passion.

Despite her wild nature, she is seen as very maternal; Erzulie Dantor is the protector of children and women who have been abused or betrayed by a lover. Her personal story is a tragedy....


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Ogou

Posted by Sydney Noel on Sunday, October 5, 2014 In : religion 





 Ogou is the Loa who presides over fire, smithery, politics and wars. He is viewed as the ultimate fighter, the faithful warrior that will defend you through the end. According to legends, during the Haitian Revolution, the majority of the slaves were possessed by the mighty Ogou, including Jean Jacques Dessalines, Haiti's father of Independence.

 Ogou is by far, the most known and served Loa in Haitian Vodou. He is masculinity embodied, he is the husband of both  the gracious Erzulie Freda an...


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Erzulie Freda

Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, October 5, 2014 In : religion 

                                                         



T
he agile and elegant goddess of love and of sex. beauty, jewelery, flowers, luxury, wealth, dance, femininity as well as discord, vengeance, jealousy; 
the loa of ideality in Haitian Voodoo is Erzulie Freda. 


She is respected and wealthy, wears her hair long and is also very demanding. She requires her lovers to dedicate a room entirely for her ritual lovemaking. The Rada aspect of Erzulie. She wears three wedding rings, one for each hus...


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Agassou

Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, October 5, 2014
                                                                                                                                          
Agassou is believed to be the product of a divine mating. A leopard is said to have mated with a princess named Aligbonon of Tado. He is also noted as a ruler and king of an African sect, that has come to be known as the leopard society. Agassou was chosen by Ayida Wedo, to be sent to Haiti, to bring the practice of Voodoo to her African children to ease th...
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Ayizan

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Ayizan is the patroness of the initiation into Vodou with her husband Loko. Her name Ayizan Velekete means(very well chosen friend of the earth).She is one of the most important spirits in Vodou and also the first Mambo(priestess). She only makes appearance during Kanzo Ceremonies(initiation ritual). 
She is seen as a market woman wearing a white dress with very large pockets where she keeps small candies, and change to hand out to children. Ayizan is symbolized by mounds of earth sprinkled wi...

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