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Agwé: Voodoo’s man of the ocean

I would love to write more about Voodoo/Vodou/Vodun Loa. No, they’re not demons. I know this, and I hope everyone else does, too. (It’s not even easy to explain what a loa is. I am totally not the best person to even try.)

Thing is, I mostly do my research from books and there aren’t that many books about voodoo. I guess that’s because voodoo is passed on mostly from oral tradition. I don’t blame people for not writing books about it. The religion is very misunderstood–I’m sure I misunderstand it totally. And people freak out easily, thinking it’s all witchcraft and zombies.

I like researching from books and not the internet because information feels like it has more authority to it if it’s published that way.

So, anyway… If anyone out there who knows stuff about voodoo can suggest a good resource for voodoo info, I’m all ears. Please post in the comments.

Despite the lack of info, it’s time for more voodoo here, so I’m going off track and using the intertubes as authority. You’ve been warned.

Okay, end of Public Service Announcement and on to Agwé.

If you know a bit of Spanish, the word Agwé will sound familiar to you. Like ‘agua’. Water.

The veve used in ceremonies with Agwe

Agwé rules over the water. He’s a handsome mixed-race naval officer with green eyes. He’s an honorable gentleman, one of the Rada Loa, who are older and more restrained than their Petro and Ghede Loa counterparts. The Rada Loa spirits are associated with Africa as opposed to the New World.

Agwé is known for his reserve and self-restraint, even more than other Rada Loa. He’s a man’s man who is brave and commands respect.

Many voodoo loa are associated with Catholic saints. For Agwé, it’s Ulrich of Augsburg http://en.wikipedia.org

 

Ulrich of Augsburg

Ulrich of Augsburg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Now why do you think Agwé is associated with St. Ulrich of Augsburg?

/wiki/Ulrich_of_Augsburg and sometimes the Archangel Gabriel.

To make a sacrifice to Agwé, float it out to sea on a raft. Good choices include champagne, toy ships, savoury exotic foods, rum, and sheep or rams. White, according to one source, dyed indigo, according to another. You can also fire guns in his honor. If your sacrificial raft returns to shore, your gift sucks and has been rejected–which will probably happen if you serve him fish.

You can identify someone who has been possessed by Agwé in a voodoo ceremony by the fact that they are saluting people in a military way and using an oar to row a chair around the room. You will want to keep the possessed person wet to keep Agwé moist. Also, try to keep the possessed from jumping into the nearest body of water.

He’s married to La Sirene (the siren) and Erzulie Fréda Dahomey. But Erzulie Fréda is also married to two other guys, so I’m not sure I completely understand the relationship there.

As you can guess, Agwé is a favorite loa of sailors and fishermen and anyone who depends on the sea.

 

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