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.  

Baron

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

Baron






                                                            



Baron is one of the most important Spirits in Haitian Voodoo. He is the the God of Death; the ultimate crossroad; that all living souls, must fording. As Master of Death, he is also a giver of life. No one can die if baron refuses to dig their grave.His powers are also often use, on curses and dark magic. Baron is one the few spirits, where all his manifestations are as widely known as people seek service from them. He is the father of all Gede, and his wife is Grann Brijit. Some of is manifestations are known as Baron Lacroix (Baron the Cross); in connection to grave crosses. Baron Samedi (Baron Saturday), Baron Kriminèl (Baron the Criminal), and Baron Simityè. (Baron of the Cemetery.) He is the Supreme Lawyer. Give him all your complaints, and he will make a just judgement. The first male to be buried in all Haitian cemeteries, are known as Baron Simityè. People buries letters in front of those tombs, they burn candle and drop alcohol. Even making small food offering in Kalbas. (Calabash) As the God of Death, he is familiar with all types of deaths. The bloodiest included; therefore, although he is viewed as the Spirit of Death, which usually represents darkness, he has no problem using red.

A popular song is sung, emphasizing on Baron impartiality in rendering Justice. Not even the children are exempt.


"Baron Oh! Baron Oh! 
Baron Oh! Baron Oh!
Timoun fronte kap'e joure granmoun
Mennen' y'ale nan Simityè"

Baron Oh! Baron Oh!
Baron Oh! Baron Oh!
rude children, who are disrespecting the elders
bring them to the Cemetery."



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