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(Deity)GHEDE

Also known as GUEDE, GEDE, PAPA GHEDE
God of : Crossroads
Religion : Haitian Voodou
Persuasion : Rada

Voodoo god of death who stands at the crossroads of this world and Guinee, the afterworld. He has a crass sense of humour and is prone to outrageous outbursts of obscenity.

He also has a taste for double strength rum. It's not unusual for Papa Ghede to turn up at a ceremony for another Loa and disrupt proceedings with his drunken clowning around. If this happens there's really not a lot you can do about it, Ghede is way beyond the control of any Houngan or Mambo.

As you might expect from someone who inherits the thoughts of everyone who dies Ghede is a one stop encyclopedia of knowledge, but he doesn't like to take a life before it's time and will protect the young if you pray to him in times of sickness.

Guede is the last word in healing and no-one is getting in or out of the other world without his permission. Unless he is willing to let you in you just won't stay dead but, as always, a bottle or two of his favourite tipple will get him on-side. It's Rum, by the way.
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'Ghede' - Caribbean entry - 02 Feb. 2008
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