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Baron Samedi

Baron Samedi Master of the Cemetery Also known as: Bawon Samdi (Kreyol); Baron Sandi (Spanish); Baron Saturday Classification: Lwa Baron Samedi is the leader of the Barons and possibly the Gedés. He presides over a sprawling, confusing, complex clan of spirits. When people speak of the Baron, they tend to mean Baron Samedi. Baron Samedi literally means Baron Saturday, which …

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Gedé, Papa

Gedé, Papa Classification: Gedé Papa Gedé is the leader of the Gedés, landlord of the cemetery, its spiritual superintendent. Some people use this name to indicate Baron Samedi. Some consider Baron Samedi to be Papa Gedé, leader of the Gedés as he is of the Barons. However Baron Samedi is a very distinct spirit. Once you know him, it’s hard …

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Ezili Dantor

Ezili Dantor Also known as: Ezili Danto; Sili Danto Ezili Dantor is Ezili Freda’s hardworking black sister. She is independent and beholden to no one. Ezili Dantor is sick of crying. She’s had enough tears. She’s a spirit of rage and initiative instead. Ezili Dantor is honored as the spirit who initiated the Haitian Revolution. She fought in the Revolution …

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Ezili Freda Dahomey

Ezili Freda Dahomey Maitresse Mambo Also known as: Erzulie Freda Dahomey Ezili Freda is envisioned as a stunning, colonial era mixed race woman. Ezili Freda is a wealthy courtesan with a taste for only the finest in life. She is the Queen of Love, beauty, romance, and riches: life as it should be. She is the most beautiful of the …

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Ezili Ge Rouge

Ezili Ge Rouge Red Eyed Ezili Also known as: Ezili Je Wouge Ezili Ge Rouge is the shadow side of Ezili Dantor. They may or may not be the same spirit. Allegedly the most volatile and dangerous Ezili, she is the reckless, fearless spirit who fought during Haiti’s war for independence. She is inarticulate. She can’t verbalize her rage. The …

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Ezili, Grann

Ezili, Grann Grandmother Ezili How did Ezili Freda become a courtesan, anyway? Her grandmother sold her. Ezili’s beauty was perceived as the ticket to family stability. Grann Ezili arranged her courtesanship and profits from it financially. (In some versions, she’s Ezili Freda’s mother, not her grandmother.) She is the matron spirit of sex workers, especially madams. She is invoked by …

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Ezili La Flambeau

Ezili La Flambeau Ezili the Torch Also known as: Ezili La Flam bo Ezili La Flambeau is the fiery aspect of Ezili Dantor. She’s not raging quite as out of control as Ezili Ge Rouge, but she’s well on her way. Ezili La Flambeau is Ezili Dantor enflamed with jealousy, resentment, anger, and rage. See also: Damballab La Flambeau; Ezili; …

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Ezili Mapyan

Ezili Mapyan Ezili Freda and Ezili Dantor have autonomy over their sex lives. They sleep with whom they want; they reject those they do not desire. Not everyone is so fortunate. Ezili Mapyan is a spirit in the guise of an enslaved woman. Her master raped her, and so she killed him. She is a powerful spirit of rage who …

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Ezili Zandor

Ezili Zandor Ezili Zandor is the matron of the Haitian sorcerers’ secret societies known as The Red Sects. She is a great sorceress and the Bizango spirit queen of transformation: Red Sect members travel at night in the form of black cats, black pigs, crocodiles, horses, leopards, owls, and wolves. Ezili Zandor is a spirit of justice but may be …

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Badessy

Badessy In Haitian voodoo, loa (deified spirit of the dead) of the winds. Taken from the Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante Back to List of Lwa Back to Spirits Back to Voodoo Back to Home This post was last modified …

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