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Baron Samedi (Baron Saturday, also Baron Samdi, Bawon Samedi, or Bawon Sanmdi) is one of the loa of Haitian Vodou. Samedi is a loa of the dead, along with Baron's numerous other incarnations Baron Cimetière, Baron La Croix, and Baron Kriminel. He is usually depicted with a white top hat, black tuxedo, dark glasses, and cotton plugs in the nostrils, as if to resemble a corpse dressed and prepared for burial in the Haitian style. He has a white, frequently skull-like face (or actually has a skull for a face) and speaks in a nasal voice. He is the head of the Guédé family of Loa, or an aspect of them, or possibly their spiritual father. His wife is the loa Maman Brigitte. 'Samedi' means 'Saturday' in French, though there are alternate etymologies offered.
By Vodou Chiromancer Tyrell Jackson
Baron Samedi stands at the crossroads on halloween night, where the souls of dead humans pass on their way to the gate Guinee. He is a sexual loa, frequently represented by phallic symbols and he noted for disruption, obscenity, debauchery, and having a particular fondness for tobacco and rum. Additionally, he is the loa of sex and resurrection, and in the latter capacity he is often called upon for healing by those near or approaching death, as it is only Baron who can accept an individual into the realm of the dead. He is considered a wise judge, and a powerful magician.
Many call him the ruling lwa or god of New Orleans. Figures Zombie Bottles, images and statues of him or highly sought after.
He and his bride The great Baron Maman Brigitte are sometimes refered to as the King and Queen of The Zombies. Voodooist believe that though only his power can a soul be forced from a living body and placed between life and death.
The Zombie Trance is said to have ben told to Marie Laveau and her followers directly from him in a late night Necromantic ritual in the1800's. He is also said to be the savior of the Devil Baby and will open the gates of Guinee for him to enter if he is on the brink of being captures.
The New Orleans Devil Baby is said to be of his spawn. And even referred to as his Bastard son.
One Old New Orleans Devil Baby Legend tells that he is the child of a young creole girls not quite a woman. The great baron lusted after her young mortal beauty one All Saint's day as she visited the grave of her mother. He made her pregnant as he took her and savagely rapped her in the shadows of the old tombs.
Eventually Maman Brigitte found out about the affair and turned the poor young creole girl into a zombie before the child could be born. Her child was born not human and not dead but as the Devil Baby.
If you happen to travel to New Orleans then these are the spirits and many, many ghosts that tourist and the meek fear to meet. As Paranormal Investigators these are the things we should be looking into first handed.
The Voodoo Hoodoo God Of Zombies And The Dead
New Orleans Baron Zombie Voodoo Alter Doll
New Orleans Ghede Zombe Bottle
New Orleans Baron Samedi Zombie Bottle
Voodoo deities, or loas, are among the most feared divine beings in the world. Wild, short-tempered and immensely powerful, these spirits demand to be served by human kind. Those who obey are granted wishes and good health, but those who do not can meet a terrifying fate at the hands of their gods. Baron Samedi is the most famous, and most frightening, of these spirits. A huge skeleton dressed in a dark coat or cape with a top hat and spade, the Baron is the infamous master of the dead who escorts their souls from the graveyard to the underworld. But the Baron does not concern himself with corpses - he can enter the realm of the living and force people to do his terrible bidding.
In Vodou in New Orleans 9th ward he is called , Baron La Croix (Baron of the Cross), also spelled Lakwa, is one of the Guédé, a Loa of the dead and sexuality, along with Baron Samedi and Baron Cimetière. He is the ultimate suave and sophisticated spirit of Death - quite cultured and debonair. He has an existential philosophy about death, finding death's reason for being both humorous and absurd. Baron La Croix is the extreme expression of individuality, and offers to you the reminder of delighting in life's pleasures. Live happy and live well, for even the most rich and talented, or the most poor and resourceful people are not spared the ultimate universal experience - Death.
He as well as Ghede often possess individuals. Whether they are practicing voodoo Hoodoo 's or not. Many have documented and experienced such possession. Lisa Lee Harp Waugh, The Great american Necromancer has many times been in the company of the Baron Samedi. She suggest that many people in the paranormal field fear or have not investigated the sacred rites of voodoo and the many spirit and ghost contacts that occur.
Waugh a Voodoo Reactionary herself was called into to help discover if a young Haitian woman in Miami, Florida was actually possessed. Her case had drawn allot of local attention in recent months. She was held or ridden by the spirit since Halloween 2008. Possible by a lost or powerful Ghede That identified it;s self as one. The case has been documented and will be in a forth coming documentary on Voodoo Hoodoo possession and exorcism.
His many offerings consist of money, rum, and jewelry from the dead's surviving family.
Baron Samedi spends most of his time in the invisible realm of voodoo spirits. He is notorious for his outrageous behavior, swearing continuously and making filthy jokes to the other spirits. He is married to another powerful spirit known as Mama Brigitte, but often chases after mortal women. He loves smoking and drinking and is rarely seen without a cigar in his mouth or a glass of rum in his bony fingers. Baron Samedi can usually be found at the crossroad between the worlds of the living and the dead. When someone dies he digs their grave and greets their soul after they have been buried, leading them to the underworld. He also ensures all corpses rot in the ground to stop any soul being brought back as a brainless zombie. The Baron has a legion of spirits under his control. These lesser spirits, all dressed like the Baron and all are as rude and crude as their master. They help carry the dead to the underworld.
As well as being master of the dead, he is also a giver of life. He can cure any mortal of any disease or wound, if he thinks it is worthwhile. His powers are especially great when it comes to voodoo curses and black magic. Even if somebody has been inflicted by a hex which brings them to the verge of death, they will not die if the Baron refuses to dig their grave. So long as this mighty spirit keeps them out of the ground they are safe. What he demands in return depends on his mood. Sometimes he is content with his followers wearing black, white or purple clothes or using sacred objects; he may simply ask for a small gift of cigars, rum, black coffee, grilled peanuts or bread. But sometimes the Baron asks for a voodoo ceremony to help him cross over into this world - a high-risk time for anyone wanting his help. Baron Samedi is one of the few Voodoo spirits that can cross from the realm of the dead to the realm of the living without a ritual - but as it is a draining process he rarely does. If he is in a good mood he may grant his followers everlasting life, but if he is in a bad mood he may dig their graves too soon and bury them alive or bring them back as a mindless zombie.
PAPA LEGBA is considered the good counterpart to Baron Samedi. If a child is dying, Papa Ghede is prayed to. It is believed that he will not take a life before its time, and that he will protect the little ones. Papa Ghede has a very crass sense of humor, a divine ability to read others' minds, and the ability to know everything that happens in the worlds of the living and the dead. Ghede Bábáco is supposedly Papa Ghede's less known brother and is also a psychopomp. His role is somewhat similar to that of Papa Ghede, but he doesn't have the special abilities of his brother.
In Haitian Vodou, the Guédé (also spelled Gede or Ghede, pronounced [gede] in Haitian) are the family of spirits that embody the powers of death and fertility. Guédé spirits include Ghede Masaka, Guédé Nibo, Guédé Plumaj, Guédé Ti Malis, and Guédé Zaranye. All are known for the drum rhythm and dance called the "banda". In possession, they will drink or rub themselves with a mixture of raw rum or clairin and twenty-one habanero or goat peppers.
Ghede Nibo is a psychopomp, an intermediary between the living and the dead. He gives voice to the dead spirits that have not been reclaimed from "below the waters".
Ghede Masaka assists Ghede Nibo. He is an androgynous male or transgendered gravedigger and spirit of the dead, recognized by his black shirt, white jacket, and white headscarf. Ghede Masaka carries a bag containing poisonous leaves and an umbilical cord. Ghede Masaka is sometimes depicted as the companion of Ghede Oussou. Both are bisexual. Ghede Oussou is sometimes also linked with the female Ghede L'Oraille. Ghede Oussou wears a black or mauve jacket marked on the back with a white cross and a black or mauve headscarf. His name means "tipsy" due to his love of white rum.
Papa Ghede is supposed to be the corpse of the first man who ever died. He is recognized as a short, dark man with a high hat on his head, a cigar in his mouth, and an apple in his left hand. Papa Ghede is a psychopomp who waits at the crossroads to take souls into the afterlife. He is considered the good counterpart to Baron Samedi. If a child is dying, Papa Ghede is prayed to. It is believed that he will not take a life before its time, and that he will protect the little ones. Papa Ghede has a very crass sense of humor, a divine ability to read others' minds, and the ability to know everything that happens in the worlds of the living and the dead. Ghede Bábáco is supposedly Papa Ghede's less known brother and is also a psychopomp. His role is somewhat similar to that of Papa Ghede, but he doesn't have the special abilities of his brother.
The Guédé are closely associated with the loa Baron, whose aspects are Baron Samedi, Baron La Croix and Baron Cimetière. Depending on the tradition followed, Baron is:
* one of the Guédé
* their spiritual protector, who has raised them from the dead with the help of Baron Samedi's woman, Maman Brigitte
* or an aspect of the Guédé
In any of these configurations, Baron, Maman Brigitte, and the Guédé rule death, the cemetery and the grave.
In Haitian Vodou, Ghede Nibo was a handsome young man who was killed violently. After death, he was adopted as a spirit or Lwa by Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte and became a leader of the spirits of the dead. Envisioned as an effeminate, nasal dandy, Nibo wears a black riding coat or drag. When he inhabits humans they are inspired to lascivious sexuality of all kinds.
Ghede Nibo is considered a great healer, carrying a bottle of white rum infused with medicinal herbs. He often also carries a staff and smokes a cigar. Nibo is the special patron of those who die young, and as such is often conflated with the Catholic saint Gerard Majella. Purple is considered his sacred color, and usual offerings include black goats, black roosters, calabash, cigars, coconut, fried plantains, pistachios, smoked herrings, sweet sesame balls, and white rum spiced with African bird pepper.
Until recently, Haitian farmers would perform a praise song to Ghede Nibo each November. It involved phallic thrusts and other erotic gestures and was named "Massissi", a Haitian term for a homoerotically inclined male.
In Vodou folklore, Ti Malice was a trickster-loa, archnemesis of Uncle Bouki. He was said to be exceptionally lazy.
Once, he fooled Uncle Bouki by telling him that he could fertilize his yams by slaughtering a fat pig, cooking and seasoning it, and burying it in his fields. Once Bouki did this, Ti Malice dug up the pig and yams and ate them. Finding his fields destroyed, Bouki went to Malice seeking revenge, but Malice pretended that he had gotten sick from eating the pig. Bouki left feeling satisfied, even though it was really Malice who had the last laugh.
Ti-Malice is also the name of a sauce. Sauce Ti-Malice is a hot pepper sauce used in Haitian cuisine, usually served with fried foods like Grillot (fried pork) and Tassot (fried beef or goat meat). It consists of shallots, garlic, tomatoes, Habanero peppers, thyme and parsley simmered to make a sauce.
Ti Malice is also used as a villain in the Wild Cards series of novels; there he is portrayed as a mind-controlling parasite.
In Vodou, Maman Brigitte (Grann Brigitte, Manman, Manman Brigit, Manman Brijit) is a death loa, the wife of Baron Samedi. She drinks hot peppers and is symbolized by a black rooster. Like Baron and the Ghede, she uses obscenities.
She protects gravestones in cemeteries if they are properly marked with a cross.
A New World loa, Maman Brigitte is probably traceable back to the Irish Saint Brigid.
In Vodou, Guinee is the spirit world, a reference to the African homeland that slaves hoped their souls might be returned to after death.
All Saints Day sacred for local Catholics day of the dead, For Catholics worldwide, November 1st, known as "All Saints Day," is a holy day of obligation. But in New Orleans, it's an occasion that is met with slightly more fanfare compared to other places around the world.
All Saints Day also bears significance for the New Orleans area for another reason. On November 1, 1966, the NFL awarded an expansion franchise, later named the Saints, to the city.
Ghede Awaits You !
Known as the Lwa of the Dead in Vodoun, Papa Gede, or Ghede, Guédé, is also known as the Baron Samdi, and is married to Manman Brigit, mother of all Gedes. Together the Gedes dress in funeral colors of purple and black and surround themselves with graveyard imagery. The Gedes are very wise, Papa Gede most of all, because they possess the accumulated wisdom of all the dead.
Papa Gede Zombie Bottle
Each Year La Source Ancienne Ounfo & The Island of Salvation Botanica & Magical Pharmacy present their Annual New Orleans DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION, Voodoo Mambo Sallie Ann Glassman presiding holds a open to the Public day of the dead ritual. Followers wear white with a purple head scarf, or black and purple for Gede. They bring a dish of food for the people, and an offering for the Dead and of course Gede'.
Gede’s tastes tend towards peppers, flat breads, rum, cigars, goats, crosses, grave-digger’s tools, black cock feathers, skeletons, sunglasses with one lens, hot Creole foods, money, the colors black, mauve, and white. He is synchronized with St. Gerard. Or you can bring something with you that your ancestors or loved ones enjoyed in life.
Today in New Orleans All Saints' is more subdued but still an important day for visiting and decorating cemeteries. A modest but steady stream of people makes its way to family tombs in Lafayette or St. Louis No. 1 or Cypress Grove, and Save Our Cemeteries, an organization devoted to the study and preservation of the Crescent City's historic graveyards, has taken to stationing its members in several of the older cemeteries to pass out information and solicit memberships. This is the traditional day for visiting and beautifying the cemeteries of New Orleans. To true New Orleanians this day is as important as Mardi Gras.
Gede names a family of raucous spirits who personify the ancestral dead and sexual regeneration. Their boss is the Baron (Bawon Samdi, or 'Baron Saturday'), married to Grand Brigitte, mother of the Gedes. In Vodun, Maman Brigitte (Grann Brigitte, Manman, Manman Brigit, Manman Brijit) is a death loa, the wife of Baron Samedi. She drinks hot peppers and is symbolized by a black rooster. Like Baron and the Ghede, she uses obscenities.She protects gravestones in cemeteries if they are properly marked with a cross. A New World loa, Maman Brigitte is probably traceable back to the Irish Saint Brigid.
Family members dress themselves in black and purple costumes reminiscent of Masonic garb, and surround themselves with graveyard imagery. They also favor sunglasses because the world above ground is too bright. Gede is a shameless trickster, a wise counselor, and a benevolent healer known to have special love for children. Devotions to Gede are carried out on Fridays and/or Mondays, and during the entire month of November, especially the Days of the Dead-All Saints (the 1st) and All Souls (the 2nd).
This holiday is observed in different ways by different New Orleans Voodoo groups or societies. Each has their own unique traditions secrets and rituals. The day of the dead has the secular connotations of so many Christian festivals throughout the Western world. Traditionally in New Orleans , the day begins with a feast during the early hours of 2 November.
The Baron is sometimes called The Voodoo - Hoodoo Angel Of Death
Great Guédé, My Lord Sainted Baron Samedi, Please look over me and forgive me for if I dishonored you. I promise to feed you and respect you and ask all I know to feed you your rum.
Bless me and forget me for yet another year. I mean you no dishonor and for you I shed a tear.
The Well Known Secret New Orleans' Voodoo Cemetery Gates Of Guinee, The Portal To The Afterworld.
Ghede' is a very wise man for his knowledge is an accumulation of the knowledge of all the deceased. He stands on the center of all the roads that lead to Guinee, the afterworld. To find these mysterious gates in the city of New Orleans might take a little detective work. Some Locals say if their open when you find them... beware! If you then enter you will never return to the real world.
The exact location of the haunted cemetery gates isn't really ever told to outsiders of the Secret Societies. New Orleans Tour Guides and Haunted Cemetery or ghost tours will skirt around the issue, or just look at you like they don't know what your talking about, so never mention it (seriously). They say just to talk about the accursed cemetery gates spells doom to those that ask or search for it or speak of it openly to anyone. Those who know feel it is inviting them , "The Ghede" to take you away. Only someone pure of heart with only one burning question to be answered by the dead is ever told the whole truth. A unnamed New Orleans Voodoo priestess says quite bluntly, search and you shall find them rusted shut, or worse they will certainly find you and be wide and opened.
To find these gates, they say is to find the way to communicate openly with the dead. And not just the spirits of those that have died in New Orleans. Local Voodoo followers of Marie Laveaus' Secret Society profess that anyone can come to these gates of Guinee if you can find them.
Speak the name of the deceased you wish to speak to aloud five times through the bars, and they will come and speak to you from the other side. One real warning though, if the rusted shut heavy gate opens do not enter. For you will be one of the living trapped in the world of the dead forever. If you arrive and the Guinee gates are open turn and walk away crossing yourself three times as fast as you can and don't look back.
Guinee Gates to the afterworld. Many say they have found them and talked to the dead.
In New Orleans voodoo-religion, Guinee is the legendary place of origin and abode of the voodoo gods. It is here that the souls of the deceased go after their death. On their way to Guinee, they first have to pass the eternal crossroads which is guarded by Ghede.
" Although one is pure of thoughts and in heart, searches for the gates of the truly dead. You never know when the November winds blow, If the cursed gates are searching for you too."
"If you enter the gates backwards you might have a small chance, to flee with your life all intact. But if your motives are untrue then the living death calls your name , then there is nothing you can do."
Attributed to Madame Marie Laveau, 1800's New Orleans
Ghede is represented as an undertaker, dressed completely in black wearing dark glasses. His followers disguise themselves as corpses and they dance the Banda. Other members of his retinue are Baron la Croix (Baron of the Cross) is the mystical Baron responsible for the reclamation of souls, and Baron Cemetière a spirit of the dead.