Sep 7 2011

Marinette

The principal female Loa of the Petro rite, sometimes said to be the wife of Ti-Jean Petro, Marinette is powerful and violent; she seems to have taken over the character of some of the Mexican Goddesses.

In Haitian Voodoo, Marinette is a cruel and vicious Loa who was elevated to a Loa after her mortal death.
In her Petro aspect she takes on a skeletal form, and is called Marinette Bwa Chech (Marinette of the Dry Arms) or Marinette Pied Cheche (Marinette of the Dry Feet)

She is widely accepted to be the Mambo who sacrificed the black pig at the culmination of the start of the first Haitian Revolution.

While she is feared and tends to ride those she possesses violently, she can also be seen as one who frees her people from bondage, reminding us that the path to freedom can be hard and painful, and is not without loss.

Marinette is represented by a screech owl and is often seen as the protector of werewolves.

Her colors are black and deep blood red. Her offerings are black pigs and black roosters plucked alive.

She also has a Kongo aspect – Marinette Kongo.


May 20 2011

Maman Brigitte

The veve of Maman Brigitte

The veve of Maman Brigitte

In Voodoo, Maman Brigitte (Grann Brigitte, Manman Brigittte) is a death loa, the wife of Baron Samedi.

Maman Brigitte is one of the few Loa who is white and is depicted as being fair-haired and green-eyed with light European skin.

She drinks hot peppers and is symbolized by a black rooster, and her sacred trees are the elm and the weeping willow.

As wife of Baron Samedi, she is the female Guardian of Graves.

Like Baron and the rest of the Ghede nanchon, she often causes a horse in her possession to use obscenities.