Voodoo Gods: Deities and spirits of the Voodoo

The gods of Voodoo in Haiti (and their counterparts in the Brazil Candomblé and Cuba Santeria) derived from the mythologies of Western Africa, but have also been shaped by slavery and the influence of Catholicism in the new world.

The word Voodoo in the fon African language means "God"; "loa", which means spirit, is a word in the area of the Congo.

Voodoo is a religion that has many eulogies dedicated to serve the human condition that concerned them and feeds them well. However, there is little mythology in the traditional sense: that is, creation accounts or heroic deeds by the gods. The reason for this is that the gods act in the life of the faithful, and even to take possession of them in Voodoo rituals. Thus attributes and personalities of the gods as living beings are considered more important than their stories. For example, history according to which a group of Ghedes besieged the Presidential Palace, seems to "describe" that Voodoo gods would have a political force real in the life of Haiti.
Voodoo Gods: Deities and spirits of the Voodoo

Ghede, Lord of life and death

Ghede, Lord of the underground world is also the Lord of life, strongly linked with eroticism and the protection of children. It is greedy for eating and drinking. Ingested food handfuls and makes it go down with shots of brandy. But at the same time it is elegant and sophisticated. It does not tolerate that his authority is questioned.

On one occasion, a multitudes of ghedes (Voodoo priests possessed by the spirit) marched on the Palace of President Borno in Port au Prince singing "Papa Ghede is a handsome type". All were dressed in their best clothes of ghede: Hat Cup and Levite, smoked glasses, a cigarette or a cigar and a cane in the hand. When they arrived, they asked for money, and the President, who knew that no man more powerful than death there is, handed him over. Ghede wearing dark glasses because it spends so much time beneath the Earth that his eyes are very sensitive to the Sun. With his left eye, it monitors the entire universe... with the right eye, their food.


Ogoun, God of war, fire and patron of blacksmiths, riding on a white horse. In its role as military Chief, Ogoun has also acquired many political knowledge; the Council of the gods on the future of Hati can not start without it.

Ogoun believers think that they will be owned by a "loa" in their rituals. The "loa" moves the soul of the faithful to its "gros-bon-ange (big good angel) that will survive death wing and become one of them invisible spirits.

List of Voodoo Gods

Aganju: represents the Earth (male). Son of Obatala and Odudua.

Ajé Xalunga: represents the richness.

Bratassi: spirit of the African tribe of the mussondi

Brigit: daughter of Baron Samedi.

Caboclo / to: spirit of dead an Indian or Indian.

Cacapul: spirit of the African tribe mussai.

Congo: spirit of the Congo River.

Dada: represents the vegetable world.

Exu: they are the force hostile to men and is identified with the demons of Christianity.

Exu King or Mayoral: is the Lucifer from Christianity.

Exu King of the seven crossroads: invoked it in spells, incantations and magic spells.

Exu closes roads (Exu helium): subordinate of the Exu of the seven crossroads.

Exu hairy: defend from enemies, invoked in case of danger.

Exu breaks branches: Lord of the forests and lust.

Exú Paloma Negra: Devil succubus

Exú de las Siete Cruces: Vigilante of the cemeteries.

Exu skull: King of the cemeteries.

Exú Ganga: another Devil's cemeteries.

Exu bat: demon vampire.

Exu Armas: another Devil's I cemeteries.

Exu of thresholds: demon of the doors of the houses.

Exú Quirimbo: great devil of lasciviousness.

Exu of seven Gates: Protector of thieves.

Seven Devils Exu: another Devil's roads.

Exu of the Piedras Negras: Lord of treasures and riches.

Exú Brasa: Fire Devil.

Exú Arrancatodo: versatile devil.

Exú Pagano: Devil of the hate and jealousy.

Midnight Exu: Devil of languages.

Exu of black layer: is the one who supervises and monitors to their fellow human beings.

GE: spirit of the African tribe of the mandingos.

Ibeji (Do-u, Dois Dois, kisses): Orisha of children. It is identified with San Cosme and San Damián, San Crispín and San Crispiniano.

Legba (Papa Legba): identified with San Antonio or even Exu (although in the appearance of the devil, or tempting tax lawyer, not the corrupter or enemy of divinity). Save the crossing of roads to reach the orishas during trance.

Limba (Linglessus): wild force who loves to drink the blood of their victims.

Mandinga (Bacalú-Baca): genius of the black magic

Mondingue: spirit of the African tribe of the mayombe.

Obatala (Orixala, Oxala, Zambi): represents the force of nature and the sky, and have him by Prince of the orishas. S3 identifies with Jesus Christ. The preferred image of it is the Christ of the good death.

Odudua: Orisha of the Earth.

Ogou Ashadé: is the spirit of the medicine concerned to heal wounds that occur in combat on the battlefield.

Ogou Badugri: is the orisha of military commanders.

Ogou Ferraille: is the orisha of military troops, the soldiers.

Ogun: is the orisha of violence and war. their fetishes are iron and include anything that can kill (knives, daggers...). Identify you with: San Jorge, San Pablo, San Juan and San Roque.

Oke: represents the mountains.

Oko: is the orisha of agriculture.

Olokun: Orisha of the sea.

Olorung (Ntu, Mawu, Bon Dieu): the one, unattainable and unknowable supreme deity.

Oloza: represents the Lakes.

Omulu (Xapanan, Ototo): represents the plague and disease. It is identified with St. Lazarus, the Cristo de la Buena Muerte, San Benito or San Sebastian.

Orun: is the orisha that represents the Sun.

Oxóssi: spirit of hunting and animals, King of the jungle. It is identified with St. Benedict, St. George or San Sebastian.

Oxu: Orisha of the moon.

Oxun: Orisha of water (female), rays and clouds. He represents the African river of the same name. It is identified with the Virgin of Lourdes or Santa Ana.

Oya: Orisha of the Niger River.

Pai do Mato: (from the Portuguese, "Lord of the forest") spirit that is identified with the Greco-Roman Pan.

Pope Ogou: it is an "updated" version of Ogun, and is seen as general of the orishas.

Preto / to Velho / to: spirits of dead blacks.

Samedi (Barón Samedi): Lord of the cemeteries.

Shango (Shangó-Dzakuta, Xango, Agodo Beri): represents the beam and it is he who launches ground meteorites. Orisha of lightning, waterfalls and meteorites. Identified you, according to the site with: San Miguel Arcángel, Santa Bárbara, San Antonio, San Juan Bautista and San Jerónimo.

Talamor: spirit of the African tribe of the bliki.

Yansan: wife of Shango, Lady of clouds and storms. Orisha of wind, storms, and revenge. It is identified with Santa Barbara.

Yemanyá: represents the force of the waters, the waters as a source of life. It is identified with the Virgin Mary. Daughter of Obatala and Odudua.

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