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Hoodoo magic

FUN WITH VEVES!  Veves are drawn symbols used to call/honor/serve the Vodou spirits (lwa or les lois).  They are the calling cards to and from the spirit world.  This particular veve is to honor Papa Legba. But here comes the fun part!  Tell me what you see! There are said to be lots of hidden pictures and messages - do you just see a bunch of squiggly lines or do you see much more? ;-)

Altar Bottles I made for Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte, Fet Ghede 2011

"Unda Wata Man's Shoes" by Tosha Grantham (Translation: "Shoes for Walking in a Parallel Universe")

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In Vodou, Maman Brigitte is a death loa, the wife of Baron Samedi. Maman Brigitte is one of the few Loa who is white and is depicted as being fair-haired and green-eyed with light European skin. She drinks hot peppers and is symbolized by a black rooster. A New World loa, Maman Brigitte is syncretized with the Irish Saint Brigid, who is associated with fire.

Baron Samedi (Baron Saturday, also Baron Samdi, Bawon Samedi, or Bawon Sanmdi) is one of the Loa of Haitian Voodoo. Samedi is a Loa of the dead, along with Baron's numerous other incarnations Baron Cimetière, Baron La Croix, and Baron Kriminel. He is the head of the Guédé family of Loa, or an aspect of them, or possibly their spiritual father. 'Samedi' means 'Saturday' in French. His wife is the Loa Maman Brigitte.

Harriet Tubman, photograph, 1885