Maman Brigitte

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Manman Brigitte
Lwa of life, death, justice, motherhood, fertility, cemeteries, crosses, gravestones, women, souls of deceased relatives, obscenities, passion
Member of Guede
Veve for Maman Brigitte
Other namesGrandma Brigitte, Manman, Maman Brijit, Grann (or Gran) Brigitte, Brigitte, Manman Brijit
AbodeVoodoo underworld
AnimalsBlack rooster, horse
SymbolRum, hot peppers, fire, gravestones, crosses
TreeElm, weeping willow
ColorPurple, black, green
ConsortBaron Samedi
OffspringGuede Nibo (adopted)
Christian equivalentBrigid of Kildare
Mary Magdalene
Yoruba equivalentOya

Maman Brigitte (English: Mother Brigitte) sometimes also written as Manman Brigitte and also known by Gran Brigitte, Grann Brigitte, Manman, Manman Brigit, and Maman Brijit is a death loa (or lwa) and the consort of Baron Samedi in Haitian Vodou. She drinks rum infused with hot peppers and is symbolized by a black rooster.[1] Like Samedi and the Guede, she is foul-mouthed.[2] Maman Brigitte also has the distinction of being one of the few loa who is depicted as being White.[3] She is also the adoptive mother of Guede Nibo.[1]

Due to the religious persecution of slaves in Haiti and the Americas, Manman Brigitte has been syncretized and represented by various saints, usually those depicted with fire or snakes, including Brigid of Kildare and Mary Magdalene, although she is usually syncretized with Saint Brigid.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Torres, Rafael Agustí. "Loas y Vèvès del Vudú", pp. 30-31 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ "The Ancestral Lwa - Baron, Maman Brigitte, And The Lwa Ghede", Meta Religion.
  3. ^ Malborough, Ray T. (2003). Hoodoo Mysteries Folk Magic, Mysticism & Rituals. Llewellyn Publications. p. 140. ISBN 9780738703503. Maman Brigitte is a white loa — that is, she is European in origin

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