Negro Felipe

Negro Felipe

Pronounced: Neh-gro Feh-lee-pay

The historical Negro Felipe (literally “Black Philip”) was an escaped slave from Cuba who played a prominent role in the Cuban struggle for independence. He served as Simon Bolivar’s aide before being murdered by Spanish colonists in Venezuela. Now among the most beloved of the spirits of Maria Lionza, he is venerated independently and as one of the Très Potencias, the triad consisting of himself, Maria Lionza, and Guaicaipuro. Felipe is head of the African Court and a member of the Court of Liberators. Originally from Cuba, Felipe serves as the spiritual link between Maria Lionza and Cuban Santeria, increasingly popular in Venezuela.

Negro Felipe is invoked for protection from enemies.

ICONOGRAPHY:

A handsome black man with military bearing, wearing a red turban and a military uniform

Consort: Negra Francisca

COLOUR:

Dark blue

OFFERINGS:

Rum, tobacco products

SEE ALSO:

Guaicaipuro; Maria Lionza; Negra Francisca

SOURCE:

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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