Maman Brigitte

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Maman Brigitte
VeveBrigitte.svg
Veve for Maman Brigitte
Venerated in Haitian Vodou, Folk Catholicism
Attributes Black rooster, fire, hot peppers, rum, elm, weeping willow, crosses, horse
Patronage Death, gravestones, cemeteries, obscenities, passion, souls of deceased relatives, justice, fertility, women

Maman Brigitte (English: Mother Brigitte) also written Grann Brigitte, Manman, Manman Brigit, Manman 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 Baron and the Ghede, she uses obscenities.[1]

Brigitte is also one of the only white Voodoo gods, due to having origins in Ireland, and not Africa or Haiti like other loa.[2] She is described having red-gold hair and emerald green eyes.

She protects gravestones in cemeteries if they are properly marked with a cross.

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.