Maman Brigitte

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Maman Brigitte
Lwa of life, death, cemeteries, healing, and justice/vengeance
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] Maman Brigitte protects graves in Haitian cemeteries that are marked by the cross of Baron Samedi.[2][3] Graves that are protected by Brigitte are marked by a mound of stones.[3] In Vodou practice, the first burials serve as offerings to either Baron Samedi or Maman Brigitte depending on the gender of the person being laid to rest. If the deceased person is male then the grave is dedicated to Baron Samedi; if the deceased person is female then the grave is dedicated to Maman Brigitte.[4]

Like Samedi and the Guede, she is foul-mouthed.[4] She is also the adoptive mother of Guede Nibo.[1]

Due to the religious persecution of enslaved African and Caribbean people in Haiti and the Americas, Maman Brigitte was disguised via syncretism and represented by various saints, usually those depicted with fire or snakes, including Brigid of Kildare and, less frequently, Mary Magdalene.[1]

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Video games[edit]

  • In the game Cyberpunk 2077, there is a character named Maman Brigitte who comes from Haiti that leads the gang, the Voodoo Boys.[5]
  • Maman Brigitte appears as a playable character in the 2014 multiplayer online battle arena Smite, alongside her husband Baron Samedi. She is the second playable Voodoo Lwa.[6]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Torres, Rafael Agustí. "Loas y Vèvès del Vudú", pp. 30-31 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Métraux, Alfred (1974). Voodoo in Haiti. Sphere Books. p. 70. ISBN 0805208941.
  3. ^ a b Deren, Maya (1983). Divine horsemen: the living gods of Haiti. New Paltz, NY: McPherson. p. 103. ISBN 0-914232-64-9. OCLC 9830272.
  4. ^ a b "The Ancestral Lwa - Baron, Maman Brigitte, And The Lwa Ghede", Meta Religion.
  5. ^ CD Projekt RED. Cyberpunk 2077. Video Game, Multi-Platform. Poland, CD Projekt S.A., 2020.
  6. ^ "Maman Brigitte A Closer Look". Retrieved 2023-09-29.

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