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  • Describe the Gede

    1. A vodou rite and lwa of life and death.
    2.As decider of life and death, Gede are seen as good and bad.
    3.Gede lwa are cold, when they possess people they warm themselves up by rubbing hot pepper on their bodies, faces. And drink 21 pepper infused rum.
    4.White powder of their face.
    5. Mischievous and obscene.
    6.They are the protector of children
    7.Can heal you if you are near death.
    8.Called last during vodou ceremonies.

    Most notable members of the Gede family.

    1.Bawon Samdi
    2.Bawon Simitye
    3.Bawon Lakwa
    4.Grann Brijit
    5.Gede Nibo

    Describe Legba

    1. lwa who rules grossroads and paths, as the guardian of all entries.
    2. Legba is served in the Danwonmen, Kongo, Nago, Petwo, Zando and in particular Rada rites.
    3. One of the most important lwa in vodou mythology because he allows humankind to communicat with God and all other lwa.
    4. Many Vodou followers identify Legba with Saint Lazarus.
    5.Old man with a beard and white hair who is leaning on a crutch and whose wounds are liked by stray dogs.
    6.Smokes a long terracotta pipe.
    7. His broad hat protects the lwa from the sun.

    Describe Ayizan

    1. vodou Lwa of the temples, markets, public places, doors , gates, and roads.
    2.In vodou mythology she is the wife of Loko
    3. Ayzan is the protector of ritual purity and defender of morality.
    4. Linked to fresh water
    5.She rest in the royal palm and metiyen beni.
    6.She is considered one of the most ancient lwa.
    7.her veve is traced in corn or white flour.
    8. Those possessed by her consume no alcohol.

    Describe Danbala Wedo

    1. Danbala Wedo along with Ayida Wedo were the first lwa created by God.
    2. Represent conception , birth, life, family, love, sexuality, fertility , inspiration, good fortune, movement , continuity, harmony, wisdom and destiny.
    3.Like white eggs.
    4. When possessed servants manifest snake like movements.
    5.Represented by Saint Patrick

    What are the themes found in Vodou songs?

    1. Importance of serving lwa
    2. History / african origins of Vodou
    3. Culture / organization
    4. Broadly philosophy/ world view
    5. nature / healing.
    6. Apologetics (defense of Vodou)
    7. Songs about Vodouist / Objects/ symbols
    8. Family, community , spiritual family
    9. Conflict and conflict resolution
    10. Vodou-catholic songs

    What is are the functions of Vodou songs?

    1. Articulation of themes and mythology
    2. Invocaiton or calling of lwa
    3. Response and prayer
    4. Correspond w support what is happening in ceremony
    5. Leave taking or signal farewell to the lwa
    6. Reproach or satire, social commentary.

    What is the structure of Vodou songs?

    1. Short and repeated
    2. Chorus and verse. call and response Lead singer and chorus.
    3. Compressed and coded.

    What is initiatory religion?

    A religion that requires you to become initiated.

    What is Vodou initiation and its ranks?

    Ranks 1. Hougan asogue, Mabo 2. ounsi sou pwen 3. ounsi kanzo semp.
    Initiation - antre kanzo

    Describe elements of the "antre kanzo" ceremony?

    Several days of preparations. ounyo arrive and spend the day preparing for the "Antre kanzo"
    they learn secrets

    Describe Exili Danto

    1. Mother of all Petwo lwa.
    2. Dark blue attire, and red scarf
    3. Symbolic role in Bwa Kayiman ceremony and the Haitian revolution and as the "mother of freedom"
    4. Protects mothers and children
    5.Missing tongue because french soldiers cut it out during Haitian revolution.
    6.Sacrifice of black pig
    7.offer he jewelry , dresses , scarves, perfume cigarrettes and rum.


    ritual gesture , vaporizing mouthfuls of water, alcohol, or perfume. to consecrate ritual space.


    name of a dangerous lwa. criminal and bloodthirsty.

    fey (leaves)

    leaves, plants, herbs that are used for healing and ritual in vodou.


    Etmologically related to diable (devil) or sometimes reference to malicious , mean, difficult, or mischievous Vodou lwa.

    gwo bonnanj

    big good angel: divine particle and breath of life in all beings.

    ti bonnanj

    good little angel; part of the human mind dedicated to thought, agency, awareness and memory


    initiation led by ougan or manbo. involves isolation and is the path to knowledge.

    Kadya Bosou

    the king of Dohomey and today a lwa. 1724


    refer to lwa , term used to refer to AFrica


    whip used in Petwo rceremonies to attract Lwa.


    sacred vodou initiation room into which one walks backward


    vodou lwa of thunder. double headed ax


    Cholera, epidemic broke out in 2010


    crossroads where two paths meet. the domain of Legba.

    kouche "sleep"

    to consecrate an object or be initiated. ritual seclusion for novices undergoing the kanzo initiation.

    Agasou Gnenen

    lwa is served in the Danwonmen , petwo and rada rites. associated with bodies of water. known for healing. represented by a large crab


    vodou lwa represented by storms, wind, lightning , thunder, and earthquakes. served in dan, petwo, rada rits. terrestrial and aquatic.

    Agwe Tawoyo

    represented by sea and all islands, his ship in his veve is called Imamou.


    highest ranked vodou initiate


    largest of all rada drums, up to 2 meter tall


    prefix for respected Vodou leaders


    ritual praise acclamation of the rada rite

    Azaka mede

    lwa of agriculture and farmers and the protector of travelers.


    goblin or type of vodou spirit with negative attributes


    to baptize

    Bawon Samdi

    lwa of life and death and guardian of cemeteries


    ritual protective Vodou bath or any rubbing on the body with magic liquids for health or luck


    vodou rite and secret society, many Haitians assert that Bizango are involved in evildoing; maybe more folklore than fact


    "God" is the supreme being in Vodou


    represented by bull with three horns.


    hatian diaspora , is a shop of vodou supplies.

    boule zen

    cermony ends the period of seclusion in ounsi initiation . Clay or metal pots containing ritual food consecrated to specific lwa.


    name of lwa and a people from Kongo region and hence a part of petwo rite

    Bwa Kayiman

    August 14 1791, a prelimiinary meeting with slave leaders from more than a hundred plantation. where boukman and cecile fatimann presided over a ceremony . sacrificed a black pig


    powerful lwa and associated with storms thunder , lightning. belongs to the group Ogou.

    chire ayizan

    making and wearing hats composed of torn palm strips that cover the face of ounyo in ounsi initiation period


    lwa rides the mind like a horse . they are mounted

    Dan Petwo

    name of a Kongo King.


    struggle between th ti bonnanj and lwa over possession of a vodouist chwal


    tireless general and warrior for the Haitian people who declared the independence of Haiti from france on January 1. 1804 . religious freedom


    sacred place where the family ancestors are buried.




    vodou ceremonial flag or banner, symbolic decorative flag


    is a burial vault


    the cross symbol in Vodou


    chief assistant or master of ceremonies to a Vodou priest, he carries a machette and is followed by to female assistants with a flag of ogou and the temples flag


    lwa of medicinal plants and leaves who is associated with healing.Lwa of trees and forests

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