Maman Brigitte

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Maman Brigitte
Goddess of life, death, justice, motherhood, fertility, cemeteries, crosses, gravestones, women, souls of deceased relatives, obscenities, passion
Member of Ghede
VeveBrigitte.svg
Veve for Maman Brigitte
Other namesGrandma Brigitte, Manman, Maman Brijit, Grann (or Gran) Brigitte, Brigitte, Manman Brijit
AbodeVoodoo underworld
MantraBanda
AnimalsBlack rooster, horse
SymbolRum, hot peppers, fire, gravestones, crosses
TreeElm, weeping willow
ColorPurple, black, green
GenderFemale
ConsortBaron Samedi
OffspringGhede Nibo (adopted)
Equivalents
Christian equivalentSt. Brigid
Mary Magdalene
Celtic equivalentBrigid

Maman Brigitte (English: Mother Brigitte) also written Gran Brigitte, Grann Brigitte, Manman, Manman Brigit, and Maman Brijit, is a death loa and the wife of Baron Samedi in Vodou. She drinks rum infused with hot peppers and is symbolized by a black rooster. Like Samedi and the Ghede, she is foul-mouthed.[1] She is also the adoptive mother of Ghede Nibo.

Brigitte is the only white Voodoo god, having her origins in Ireland, and not in Africa or Haiti like other loa.[2] She is described having brown or red-gold hair and emerald green eyes, and is associated with Brigid, the Celtic goddess of healing and life.

She protects gravestones in cemeteries if they are properly marked with a cross. Horses, weeping willows, fire, and elm trees are considered sacred to her.

A New World loa, Maman Brigitte is syncretized with various saints, including Saint Brigid and Mary Magdalene.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Ancestral Lwa - Baron, Maman Brigitte, And The Lwa Ghede", Meta Religion.
  2. ^ Max Sparber, "Irish-American Halloween: Irish Voodoo", The Happy Hooligan, 20 October 2014.