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.  

Agassou

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

Agassou

                                                                                                                                          
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 their pains and sufferings from slavery, according to popular beliefs. He was given a crab for his journey thus Haitian associate him with crab instead of a panther like in Africa. He is referred to as " Agassou de bo Miwa" meaning "Agassou the two sided mirror."  One side facing Guinea and the other, Haiti.He is the guardian of the old traditions of Dahomey. and is usually called when money is needed in the temple. His color is white.
Alternatives: Agassou Do, Agassou Lèlè.



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