Maman Brigitte

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Maman Brigitte
Goddess of life, death, justice, motherhood, fertility, cemeteries, crosses, gravestones, women, souls of deceased relatives, obscenities, passion
Member of Ghede
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Veve for Maman Brigitte
Other namesGrandma Brigitte, Manman, Maman Brijit, Grann (or Gran) Brigitte, Brigitte, Manman Brijit
AbodeVoodoo underworld
MantraBanda
AnimalsBlack rooster, horse
SymbolRum, hot peppers, fire, gravestones, crosses
TreeElm, weeping willow
ColorPurple, black, green
GenderFemale
ConsortBaron Samedi
OffspringGhede Nibo (adopted)
Equivalents
Christian equivalentBrigid of Kildare
Mary Magdalene
Yoruba equivalentOya
Celtic equivalentBrigid

Maman Brigitte (English: Mother Brigitte) also written Gran Brigitte, Grann Brigitte, Manman, Manman Brigit, and Maman Brijit, is a death loa and the consort of Baron Samedi in Haitian Vodou. She drinks rum infused with hot peppers and is symbolized by a black rooster. Like Samedi and the Ghede, she is foul-mouthed,[1] she is also the adoptive mother of Ghede Nibo.

As happened under the persecution of slavery in Haiti and the Americas, Maman Brigitte has been syncretized and represented by various saints - usually those depicted with fire or snakes - including Brigid of Kildare and Mary Magdalene.

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