Voodoo Spirits 

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.  

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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 in the Haitian Voodoo is Erzulie Freda. She is the loa of ideality  She has tremendous power and is feared as much as she is loved. 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. ...


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Ayizan

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



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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Loko

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



Loko is the first Hougan (
priest);  the priest of all priests and the guardian of the deepest secret in Voodoo: The initiation secrets. He is the one who personally conferred the Asson to all Hougans and Mambos. Needless to point out his importance in Voodoo and the level of respect accorded to him; not only by initiates, but all. No secret is unknown to him. Loko is so powerful that he never makes appearance through possession; he is too Supreme for us humans to face him. He is portray as th...


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Damballah

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



Although not invoked first, Damballah is the father of all the Loas. He is the archetypal wise Loa, the patriarchal serpent divinity, associated with wisdom, peace, purity, benevolence, life and innocence. 
Damballah is highly respected and is one of the most revered African gods. Along with his companion Ayida W
èdo, the rainbow serpent, he is viewed as the Loa of creation.
Ceremonies for Damballah and/or Ayida W
èdo are extremely particular and highly elaborate, and all rules must be followed...

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Marassa

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


The Marassa are the sacred twins of Vodou. They represent abundance, blessings, the gift of children and the sacredness of family and the mysteries of conception. They also represent love, justice and the purity of children innocence. The Marassa are always invoked at the beginning of every Vodou ceremony, right after Legba, emphasizing their high importance in the religion. They are male and female, and both male an female. The Marassa are very different than the rest of the Loas, in their c...

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Legba

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




When one says the word Vodou, the first spirit that comes to mind is Legba. Legba is undoubtedly the most important spirits in the hierarchy of Vodou; he is the guardian of the gates, crossroads, courtyards and all Vodou temples (Peristil). He is the necessary intermediary between the livings and the spiritual world, his powers are absolutely a must for any kind of interaction with the Loas. No Vodou ceremony of any sort can take place without his permission. Because of this important privile...


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