|Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte|
by Lisa de St. Croix
BARON SAMEDI and MAMAN BRIGITTE
We are the death Loas
Spirits who guide the dying
We are lewd, crude and charming
We party at the crossroads
Between the living and the dead
Make us an offering of rum and cigars
We can restore your health
Or we can escort you to the other side
Laugh at that which brings fear
Lighten the path between the worlds
Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte are the Haitian Vodou death loas (spirits). They can be found at the crossroads between the living and the dead. They either escort mortals through the portal of death or can be called upon to cure those who are near death. They are amongst the most respected and powerful of the loas in Vodou. They are lewd, crude and charming. They like to drink rum, smoke cigars and are accompanied by a black rooster.
Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte are the head of the Ghede family, the loas of life and death, and heritage. Maman Brigitte is tied to the Celtic Goddess Brigid and was included into Vodou by incarcerated Irish women sent to work on the plantations. She is the guardian of cemeteries.
Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte teach us to enjoy life while we are living and to not fear death. Their irreverence lightens the passage between the worlds.
Sacred Union Oracle is a work in progress, it will be published in 2022.