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.  

Ti Jean Petro

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

Ti Jean Petro

                                                                                   




Ti Jean is a fire Loa, who lives in the bushes. He is a powerful magician who primarily deals with black magic and he's part of secret Voodoo societies (sanpwèl). Like most Loas who fall under the Petro rite, his possessions are unbelievably violent and it takes quite some times for people to regain their consciousness after hea leaves the body. He dances on fire, and his offering, a sheep, is usually burn to the ashes.
He is viewed as a one legged dwarf who is surprisingly very agile in climbing his favorite tree; the coconut tree. He always wear a straw hat, and carry a baton for support.
People show great respect for Ti Jean, as he is known to set houses on fire when he is mad. He always wears a straw hat, and carries a baton for support. Many considered him to be the son of Erzulie Dantor, and believe that they are also involved an in incestuous relationship. But that is untrue, Erzulie Dantor is known to have only one child named Anaise who is affectionately called Ti Koukoun. He is also involved with Marinette.

 His ceremony takes place on Saint Jean Day, June 24th, whose image is also use to depict him. His color is Yellow.

                                                                                         











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