In Haitian Voodoo, Ghede Nibo was a handsome young man who was killed violently. After death, he was adopted as a spirit or Loa by Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte and became a leader of the spirits of the dead.
Envisioned as an effeminate, nasal dandy, Nibo wears drag or a black riding coat after the style of the Ghede Barons. When he possesses humans they are inspired to lascivious sexuality of all kinds.
Ghede Nibo is considered a great healer, carrying a bottle of white rum infused with medicinal herbs.
He often also carries a staff and smokes a cigar. Nibo is the special patron of those who die young.
Purple is considered his sacred color, and usual offerings include black goats, black roosters, calabash, cigars, coconut, fried plantains, pistachios, smoked herrings, sweet sesame balls, and white rum spiced with African bird pepper.
Agassou (also Ati-a-sou, not to be mistaken for Adjassou Linguetor) is a Voodoo or Voodun Loa who guards and protects the old traditions of Dahomey.
Agassou was the ruler of a west African sect who honor the leopard as their totemic animal. He ascended to the status of Loa on his mortal death. His Loa is often depicted as the chosen one sent to Haiti by Ayida-wedo to bring Voodoo to her displaced African children, and to start them on the road to freedom.
In his Rada aspect he is Ati Agassou; in his Petro, he is Hougan Agassou, reflecting his work as a powerful voodoo magician.
His symbolic day is Thursday, and his colors are brown and gold.
Agassou is invoked in a voodoo ceremony when money is needed in the temple, or hounfor. His incarnations are said to be able to transform cigarettes into money.
The vévé of Gran Bwa
Gran Bwa means “Great tree” and he is the master of the forests of Vilokan, the island that is home to the Loa.
He is strongly associated with plants, trees and practices associated with those materials such as herbalism.
Gran Bwa is also the master of the wilderness in general, and thus can be wild and unpredictable. Continue reading