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Goddess of life, death, justice, motherhood, fertility, cemeteries, crosses, gravestones, women, souls of deceased relatives, obscenities, passion
|Member of Ghede|
Veve for Maman Brigitte
|Other names||Grandma Brigitte, Manman, Maman Brijit, Grann (or Gran) Brigitte, Brigitte, Manman Brijit|
|Animals||Black rooster, horse|
|Symbol||Rum, hot peppers, fire, gravestones, crosses|
|Tree||Elm, weeping willow|
|Color||Purple, black, green|
|Offspring||Ghede Nibo (adopted)|
|Christian equivalent||St. Brigid |
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. 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. 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.
- "The Ancestral Lwa - Baron, Maman Brigitte, And The Lwa Ghede", Meta Religion.
- Max Sparber, "Irish-American Halloween: Irish Voodoo", The Happy Hooligan, 20 October 2014.
- Laennec Hurbon, Voodoo: Search for the Spirit, "Abrams Discoveries" series. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (1995)
- Shannon R. Turlington, The Complete Idiot's Guide To Voodoo. Alpha Books. (2001)
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