Maman Brigitte

April 17th, 2008 by sabrina

Maman Brigitte is the Vodoun Goddess of death. She is the one of the Ghede loas, the deities associated with death and fertility. Her husband is Baron Samedi, the leader of the Ghede. Maman Brigitte protects cemeteries, especially graves that are marked with a cross. Since Vodou combines elements of Christianity with native African beliefs, the cross symbolizes both the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the crossroads, where the human world intersects with the divine. Maman Brigitte is usually depicted as white-skinned with red hair, and it is said that she is a form of the Celtic Goddess Brighid. Her name is also seen as Grann Brigitte and Maman Brijit.

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2 responses about “Maman Brigitte”

  1. Mael Brigde said:

    It may be said by some that she is a form of Brighid, but this is inaccurate. Gran Brijit is an African-derived Haitian lwa who shares a name with Brighid, but shares none of her attributes. I was intrigued by the possibility that they might be closely related but after years of looking into it, both in Haiti and North America, I believe that if ever there was a connection, it was superficial at best, as is the connection between the various lwa and Christian saints. Gran Brijit is not even associated with Saint Brigid. It is a tempting idea, but I put no weight on it.

  2. sabrina said:

    Thanks for sharing! I agree that any connection between her and Brighid is a stretch, possibly even invented in the recent past by those of us who are sharing information about Goddesses of world mythology. The similarity in their names and physical appearances may have led someone to conclude that they were connected, and then this “fact” was assimilated into the information available about her.

    I did think that the connections between the lwa and the Christian saints were valid, as African believers were converted to Christianity and brought the lwas into their new beliefs.