Rada loa

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Rada is a major family of loa in Haitian Vodou.


They include older, beneficent spirits who can be directly traced to Dahomey Vudus of West Africa.


"Rada" is a cognate of Arará, and also Yoruba orishas.[1]


Rada loas are guardians of morals and principles, related to Africa, whereas Petro loas are connected to the New World of the West, and are considered more aggressive. Some loas (such as Erzulie) have both Rada and Petro manifestations.


Some Rada loa are: Legba, Loco, Ayizan, Damballa, Ayida-Weddo, Erzulie, and Agwé.


  1. ^ "Manigua.org: Loa of Vodou". Archived from the original on July 20, 2006. Retrieved June 9, 2006.

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