Clairmesine Clairmeille

Clairmesine Clairmeille

Also known as: Klermezine Klermeil; Klèmezin; Saint Claire; Clairmezine Clairmeille

Classification: Lwa

Clairmesine is a beautiful, sweet-voiced, dancing mermaid. She travels in the entourage of Ezili Freda Dahomey and may be her sister. Clairmesine may also be Vodou Saint Claire. The glowing monstrance with which Saint Claire is traditionally portrayed was understoodby Vodouistes as a picture of the moon. Clairmesine is a moon-gazer; she dances among the moonbeams. She is very psychic. She and Saint Nicholas are sometimes considered to be the parents of the divine twins, the Marassa.

Iconography: Images of Roman Catholic Saint Claire are used to represent Clairmesine, but images of mermaids may be subsituted.

Element: Water

Planet: Moon

Colors: Blue and white

See also: Ezili Freda Dahomey; Lwa: Marassa; Mermaid; and the Glossary entry for Syncretism

From the Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses– Written by :Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.

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