Join the Goddess Full Moon Group for a celebration and discussion of the Haitian Lwa, Maman Brigitte on Astrological Samhain. We like to change things up a bit at this time of the year. The moon is full in Taurus on November 4 at 1:23am eastern. We will be gathering on the night of astrological Samhain, November 7 at 8pm eastern. Still within the influence of the Full Moon and still within the time that allows us greater ease moving through the veils.
Brandi Auset and I lead the Goddess Full Moon Group just about every month, as well as some special Goddess Wheel celebrations, and it includes discussion of the featured Goddess, a guided meditation, and a chat with Q&A after the meditation. This is free to sign up!
Maman Brigitte is the Mother of the Dead, a Voudoun lwa, wife of the Baron Samedi (Head of the ancestral lwa), and a tough-talking, formidable Goddess of cemeteries and death. The first man and first woman buried in any cemetery are consecrated to Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte. Offerings to Maman Brigitte are left at this particular gravesite. The spirits of the dead are called Ghede (and there are many lwas that begin their names with Ghede), but the Baron is considered to be Death itself. He and Maman Brigitte rule over the dead, the ancestral lwa, the Ghede, and are the Lord and Lady of the cemetery.
Maman Brigitte is an in-your-face lwa. From her suggestive banda dances to her consumption of pepper-laced rum and tough talk, Maman Brigitte will not be ignored. She brings death right to our door and makes sure we cannot look away. She reminds us that death, like life, can be messy, emotional, celebratory, tragic, and intense all at the same time.
Join us as we travel to the heart of the cemetery and spend time with Maman Brigitte!
Please be aware that we are discussing Maman Brigitte from a Goddess Spirituality standpoint. For those interested in connecting with good practitioners within the Vodoun religion, please email me.
RESOURCES ON MAMAN BRIGITTE
**Maman Brigitte is one of the 9 Goddesses featured in Meeting the Dark Goddess on Mystery School of the Goddess. This course is moderated and available on demand and is only available until November 7, 2017.
There aren’t any books specifically on Maman Brigitte, so I have included some that are about the tradition of Vodou and the lwa which contain information on Maman Brigitte, the Baron, and Ghede.
Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism by Lilith Dorsey
Vodou Visions by Sallie Glassman
Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti by Maya Deren
The Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis
The Haitian Vodou Handbook by Kenaz Filan
Haitian Vodou by Mambo T.