Guest Author - Elizabeth Bissette
VOODOO GODS AND GODDESSES
An ill-humored loa with protruberant eyes, controls spring water.
Goddess of the sea.
Rainbow snake loa.
A loa who takes the form of a white-man. When he's angry, he makes rivers overflow.
A handsome but lazy and stupid loa.
Loa who governs snakes and floods and can cure all illness. The arch of the sky and symbolized as a gigantic snake.
A powerful loa.
The spiritss of women who died as virgins. This is considered a sin, so they are condemned to live in the woods for many years before going to heaven.
A benevolant loa.
Goddess of sexual love.
An inferior shaman unable to reach hougan.
God of love, sex incarnate in early Hatian mythology. In Voodoo he is incorporated with Baron Samedi, God of death. He retains his lust, along with a love of food and drink. He wears a black tail-coat, a top hat and sunglasses, twirls a cane and smokes a cigar or a cigarette in a long holder. He loves dance, and pulls his follwers into an ecstatic dance trance .The dance, originally a phallic ritual of birth, has become a dance of death. Baron Samedi's orgies always end at the crossroads between this world and the Underworld. Guardian of the Crossroads, he knows all the secrets of magic, and had second hearing and second sight. He is also an advisor, particularly about fertility, either of humans, crops or animals. The questioner makes blood-sacrifice and asks the priest questions for Ghede. He responds in patterns of
rum-drops spilled in the dust, dice or Tarot cards. Often frightening and seemingly ridiculous, his advice is nonetheless always true and ignored at the inquirers' risk.
Loa of the forces of nature.
Spirits of the dead.
A handsome, friendly loa.
A stern, nervous loa, ruler of thunder and earthquakes.
This ferocious looking loa lives in rocks and ravines and kills those who offend him.
In Fon mythology, the God of fate. In Voodoo, one of the two gods who open the road to the spirit world. An old man carrying a stick, which he uses to prop up the universe. He wanders the world smoking his pipe and carrying a sun shade and is found wherever the road of life forks.
A rough loa who lives in the rocks and persecutes people. He has an insatiable appetite and kills and eats his devotees.
The ghost of an unbaptised child.
The loa of death and cemeteries.
The ghosts of dead twins.
A stammering loa who creates torrential rain storms.
A powerful, lively loa.
A warrior and blacksmith loa. Fond of rum and tobacco.
A group of easily annoyed spirits, their symbol is a whip.
A soldier loa who is found at the bottom of ponds and rivers. He makes floods.
A spirit of the dead who plagues living relatives because they feel neglected.
God of the cemetery.
A loa who looks like a handsome soldier.
A hideous, sore covered loa who is evil and lives on spirits and blood.
Ti Jean Quinto
An insolent loa who takes policeman form and lives under bridges.
Ville Au Camp
Underwater capital of the loas.
SANTARIAN GODS AND GODDESSES
The volcano; protection from violence and chaos. His colors are brown, red and green. Identified with St. Christopher.
God of health and healing, the poor. His colors are black, purple, and brown. Identified with St. Lazarus.
Chango, Shango, Xango
God of thunder and fire, passion, power and music. He uses lightening to increase the fertility of the earth and his worshippers. His colors are red and white. Identified with St. Barbara.
Eleggua, Papa, Legba, Exu, Elegba
A trickster, God of travelers and small children. The one who opens the way for seekers, keeper of the crossroads between the natural and supernatural worlds. Pushes or tricks us beyond the limits of mundane existence, teasing and daring us to transcend. His colors are black and red. Identified with St. Anthony.
Obatala, Oxala, Batala
"The Old Man of the Mountains, "Chief of the White Cloth." God of mercy, purity and spirituality, peace, ethical guidance. His color is white. Identified with the crucified Christ.
Ochun, Oshun, Erzulie, Oxum
The River. Goddess of love, marriage, art, joy, beauty, laughter, generosity, abundance, the erotic. Her colors are yellow, amber and coral. Identified with Our Lady of Caridad.
Ogun, Ogou-Feraille, Ogum
God of iron and machines, work, war and death. A blacksmith, soldier, politician, patron of truck drivers, civilizer, he clears the way through the wilderness with his machete. His colors are green, red and black. Identified with St. Anthony and St. Peter.
God of the ocean depths, the unconscious. His colors are aqua, coral and crystal. Identified with La Diosa del Mar.
Oracle of the Ifa, concerned with human destiny. His colors are green and yellow. Identified with St. Francis.
Oya, Yansa, Maman-Brigette
Goddess of wind, justice and the dead, sudden change, whirlwind, revolution, the huntress. Lightening and rainbows announce her and her symbol is the cemetary. Her colors are brown, wine, purple and black. Identified with St. Catherine and St. Theresa.
Yemaya, Yemonja, La Balianne
"Mother of the Fishes", ruler of the ocean's surface, her love sustains life, her compassion comforts children, her waves wash away all sorrow. Her colors are blue, white, and crystal. Identified with Mary.