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The Probert Encyclopaedia of Voodoo Mythology

ADJASSOU-LINGUETOR

In Voodoo, Adjassou-Linguetor (Adja, Adha Bosu) is a loa with protruberant eys and a bad temper who governs spring water.
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AGWE

In Voodoo, Agwe is the goddess of the sea.
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AIDA-WEDO

Aida-Wedo is the voodoo rainbow snake loa.
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CLERMEIL

In Voodoo, Clermeil is a loa in the form of a white-man. When angry he makes rivers overflow.
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CONGO

In Voodoo, Congo is a handsome but lethargic and slow-witted loa.
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DAMBALLA

In Voodoo, Damballa is a loa who governs snakes and floods and can cure all illness. He is the arch of the sky and symbolized as a gigantic snake. He is consort to the rainbow-snake Ayida.
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DIABLE TONNERE

In Voodoo, Diable Tonnere is a powerful loa.
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DIABLESSE

In Voodoo, Diablesses are the spirits of women who died as virgins. They are forced to purge the sin of dieing a virgin by living in the woods for many years before they will be allowed into heaven.
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DIEJUSTE

In Voodoo, Diejuste is a benevolant loa.
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ERZILIE

In Voodoo, Erzilie is the goddess of sexual love.
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GANGAN

In Voodoo, a gangan is an inferior shaman unable to reach hougan.
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GHEDE

Ghede, in the original myths of Haiti, was the god of love, sex incarnate. In later, Voodoo myth he was amalgamated with Baron Samedi, god of death. He kept his earlier lustful ways, and a fondness for rum and feasting. He was a dandy, always wearing a black tail-coat, a top hat and sunglasses, twirling a cane and smoking a cigar or a cigarette in a long holder. He loved to dance, and swept his followers away into the ecstasy and trance of dancing. But the dance, which originally was a phallic ritual of birth, had now become a dance of death: Baron Samedi's orgies always ended (for his mortal followers) at the crossroads between this world and the Underworld, and the way they went was down. Because Ghede was Guardian of the Crossroads, he knew all the secrets of magic, and had second hearing and second sight. He could be consulted for advice - often on questions of fertility, either of humans, crops or animals. The questioner made blood-sacrifice and asked the priest questions to put to Ghede, and the god answered in the patterns of
rum-drops spilled in the dust, or in the hll of dice or the turning of Tarot cards. The advice was often frightening and apparently ridiculous, but it was always true and you neglected it at your peril.
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GRAND BOIS

In Voodoo, Grand Bois is the loa of the forces of nature.
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GUEDES

In Voodoo, guedes are the spirits of the dead.
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HOUNGANS

In Voodoo, the houngans are the priests.
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IBO

In Voodoo, Ibo is a handsome, friendly loa.
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IBO LOA

In Voodoo, the Ibo Loa are gods and spirits.
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JEAN

In Voodoo, Jean is a stern, but nervous loa who rules the thunder and earthquakes.
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L'INGLESOU

In Voodoo, L'inglesou is a fierec looking loa who lives among rocks and in ravines and kills those who offend him.
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LANGAY

Langay (Langaj) is a language spoken in Haiti during Voodoo rituals and songs.
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LEGBA

In Fon mythology, Legba is the youngest son of Lisa and Mawu. He is the god of fate. In Voodoo,
Legba is one of the two gods who open the road to the spirit world. He is depicted as an old man leaning on a stick which he uses to prop up the universe. He wanders the world smoking his pipe and carrying a sun shade and is to be found anywhere the road of life forks.
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LIMBA

In Voodoo, Limba is a rough male loa who lives among the rocks and persecutes people. He has an insatiable appetite and is said to kill and eat his devotees.
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LOA

In voodoo, the loa are spirits. They may be either male or female.
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LUTIN

In Voodoo, a lutin is the ghost of an unbaptised child.
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MAMAN BRIGITTE

In voodoo, Maman Brigitte is the loa of death and cemeteries.
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MARASSA JUMEAUX

In Voodoo, Marassa Jumeaux are the ghosts of dead twins.
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MOMBU

In Voodoo, Mombu is a stammering loa who causes storms of torrential rain.
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NAGO SHANGO

In Voodoo, Nago Shango is a powerful and lively loa.
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OGOUN

In Voodoo, Ogoun is a warrior and blacksmith loa. He is especially fond of rum and tobacco.
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PETRO LOA

In Voodoo, the Petro loa are a group of easily annoyed spirits symbolised by the whip.
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PIE

In Voodoo, Pie is a grave soldier loa who lies at the bottom of ponds and rivers. He makes floods.
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RADA LOA

In Voodoo, the Rada loa are the chief deities.
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REVENANT

In Voodoo, a revenant is a spirit of the dead who feeling neglected returns to plague their living relatives.
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SAMEDI

In Voodoo, Samedi is an important loa, god of the cemetery.
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SERVITEUR

In Voodoo, a serviteur is someone who becomes posessed by a loa during a ceremony.
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SOBO

In Voodoo, Sobo is a loa who looks like a handsome soldier.
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SOUSSON-PANNAN

In Voodoo, Sousson-Pannan is an ugly loa covered in sores. He is totaly evil and drinks spirits and blood.
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TI JEAN QUINTO

In Voodoo, Ti Jean Quinto is an insolent loa in policeman form who lives under bridges.
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VILLE AU CAMP

In Voodoo, Ville au Camp is the underwater capital of the loas.
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ZOBOPS

In Voodoo, the zobops are an order of male sorcerers.
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ZOMBIE

In Voodoo, a zombie is the spirit of a person killed by a sorcerer and resurected by evil houngans.
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