West Indian Lore, Gods, Demigods, Heroes, Symbols, and Other Famous Mythological Characters

acon

A rattle used in voodoo ceremonies. Sometimes called acon.

Adja

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Age

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Agwé

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Agweta

Daughter of Agwé. Sister of Agweto. Occasionally identified as Agweta.

Agweto

Son of Agwé. Brother of Agweto. Also known as Agweto.

Aida-Wédo

Wife of Damballo Wedo. Occasionally called Aida-Wédo, Ayida, Ayida or Aida.

Aido Wedo

The name for Aido Hwedo in Haiti. Also called Aido Wedo, Dan Ayido Hwedo, Dan Ayido Hwedo, Aido Hwedo, Da, Da Aido-Hwedo, Rainbow Snake, Da, (Da) Aida Hwedo, Haitian Damballah Wedo, Yoruba Oshunmare, Damballah Wedo or Dangbe.

Akambou

A Caribbean beneficent spirit, one of a pair with Yris. Sometimes called Akambou.

Albeborael quahayona

The name taken by Guagugiana. When he met Guabonito. Called Albeborael quahayona.

Amaiauna

A cave. Human beings were originally confined to this cave and another, called Cacibagiagua. Occasionally referred to as Amaiauna.

Amelia

A voodoo spirit. Sometimes identified as Amelia, Matresse Amelia or Matresse Amelia.

Amminan

A Haitian voodoo spirit. Also referred to as Amminan.

Anago

A Haitian voodoo spirit. Called Anago.

Annency

The name given to Anansi in the West Indies. In many tales he tricks the character known as (Uncle) Bouki. Sometimes identified as Annency, Ti Malice, Ti Malice, Anansi, Nansi or Nansi.

Antoine

A Haitian voodoo spirit adopted from a Catholic saint. Also commonly called Antoine.

Arada

A Haitian voodoo spirit. On occassion, referred to as Arada.

arret

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asagive

A dance saluting the gods of voodoo. Also identified as asagive.

Assez Media

A Haitian voodoo spirit. In some accounts, known as Assez Media.

Atacrou

A Haitian voodoo spirit. Also commonly referred to as Atacrou.

Ati Dangné

A Haitian voodoo spirit. Sometimes called Ati Dangné.

Atraiomen

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Attabeira

The supreme goddess and water. Goddess of the Taino tribe. Mother of Guamaonocon. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Attabeira, Atabei, Atabei, Atabey, Atabey, Guacarabita, Guacarabita, Guimazoa, Guimazoa, Iella, Iella, Mamona, Mamona, Mother of Waters, Mother of Waters, Udensmate, Guacarapita, Guacarapita, Guimazea or Guimazea.

Azacca

A Haitian god of agriculture. Brother of Ghede. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Azacca, Azaca Si, Azaca Si, Azaka, Azaka, Mambo Zacca or Mambo Zacca.

B'Rabby

The name for Brer Rabbit in the Bahamas. Sometimes called B'Rabby.

Badé

A Haitian voodoo spirit. Sometimes called Badé, Gbadé or Gbadé.

badjican

An assistant to a hougan. Occasionally identified as badjican.

baka

In Haitian voodoo lore, a zombie. Turned into an animal. Occasionally identified as baka.

Baquicie

A Haitian voodoo spirit. In some references, known as Baquicie.

Baron Samedi

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Bayamanaco

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Binatel

One of the 2 Zemis. A primaeval being, precursor of the gods. Also identified as Binatel, Morobo or Morobo.

bocor

A voodoo sorcerer of Haiti. In some lore, occasionally called bocor, bokor or bokor.

Bois l'en Dingué

A Haitian voodoo spirit. At times, called Bois l'en Dingué.

boko

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Bolodjoré

A Haitian voodoo spirit. In some lore, occasionally called Bolodjoré.

Borrommée

A Haitian voodoo spirit. It is said that this spirit was originally a Christian saint. Sometimes referred to as Borrommée.

Bossu

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Bouki

A character in Haitian stories, frequently the dupe of the spider, Annency. Also referred to as Bouki, Uncle Bouki or Uncle Bouki.

Brave

A Haitian voodoo spirit. At times, called Brave.

Bubuli

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Bugid Y Aiba

A war-god of Haiti. Sometimes referred to as Bugid Y Aiba.

buhuitihu

A medicine man: a priest of the Taino. In some lore, occasionally called buhuitihu.

Bumba-loa

A group of Haitian voodoo spirits. Based on the Bushongo creatorgod, Bumba (Nzambi). Identified as Bumba-loa.

Cacibagiagua

A cave. The men of the Taino were originally confined to this cave and one other, called Amaiaua. Occasionally called Cacibagiagua.

Cahubaba

Mother of 4 sons who stole. Yaya's gourd. Also identified as Cahubaba, Bloodied Old Woman, Bloodied Old Woman, Itiba Cahubaba or Itiba Cahubaba.

Carrefour

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Cassé Brisé

A Haitian voodoo spirit. In some lore, occasionally identified as Cassé Brisé.

Catherine

A Haitian voodoo spirit. This spirit is said to be derived from St Catherine. In some accounts, known as Catherine.

Celia

A Haitian voodoo spirit derived from St Celia. On occassion, known as Celia.

Chemin

A Carib sky-god. Also identified as Chemin.

cibas

Sacred white shells used to make. Necklaces. Occasionally referred to as cibas.

Cibi

A Haitian voodoo spirit. Sometimes referred to as Cibi.

cigouaves

An evil spirit that castrates men as they sleep. Occasionally called cigouaves.

Clérmeil

A Haitian voodoo spirit. He is said to be all-powerful and when upset causes rivers to overflow. At times, identified as Clérmeil, Difficile Clérmeil or Difficile Clérmeil.

Clérmézine

A Haitian voodoo spirit. Sometimes identified as Clérmézine.

Coatrischie

A Taino storm-goddesss. This being, together with Guatauva, acted as an assistant to Guabancex. Also referred to as Coatrischie.

coco macaque

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cohoba

A drug used in religious rites, said by some to induce the power of prophecy. Sometimes known as cohoba.

Conga

A class of voodoo deities in Haiti. Also called Conga.

conjureman

A practitioner of black magic. In some lore, occasionally referred to as conjureman.

Dagué-Lissa

A Haitian voodoo spirit derived from the African god Lissa. Also called Dagué-Lissa.

Dahomain

A Haitian voodoo spirit. At times, called Dahomain.

Damballah Wedo

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Dan Petro

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Dan Yi

A Haitian voodoo spirit. Also commonly known as Dan Yi.

Dangbe

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Deminan

One of the 4 sons of Chubaba. Grandson of Bayamanaco. Also referred to as Deminan.

Desportes

A Haitian voodoo spirit. Also identified as Desportes.

Diable Tonnre

A Haitian voodoo spirit, a thunder demon. On occassion, called Diable Tonnre.

diablesse

A Haitian voodoo spirit. These fearsome spirits arise from the death of virgins. On occassion, called diablesse.

Diejuste

A benevolent Haitian voodoo spirit. Occasionally referred to as Diejuste.

Diji

Haitian voodoo spirit. Occasionally identified as Diji.

Dismiraye

A Haitian voodoo spirit. Sometimes referred to as Dismiraye.

Dosu

A Haitian voodoo spirit. In some references, identified as Dosu.

drogue

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duppy

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Erzulie

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Erzulie-Ge-Rouge

A name of Erzulie lamenting the brevity of life and love. Identified as Erzulie-Ge-Rouge.

Etienne

A Haitian voodoo spirit, derived from St Stephen. In some references, called Etienne.

Ganga

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gangan

A low-ranking Haitian shaman. Occasionally identified as gangan.

garde

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Georges

A Haitian voodoo spirit derived from St George. Occasionally known as Georges.

Ghede

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Giadruvava

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Giaia

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Giovava

In the lore of the Taino, a cave from which the sun and moon emerged. Also known as Giovava.

Grand Bois

A Haitian voodoo spirit. In some lore, occasionally identified as Grand Bois, Tree of Life, Tree of Life or Kilembe.

Guabancex

A Taino wind-goddess. Also called Guabancex, Lady of the Winds or Lady of the Winds.

Guabonito

A sea-goddess. She was rescued from the sea by Guagugiana and taught him the arts of medicine and necklace-making. Sometimes called Guabonito.

Guagugiana

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Guamaonocon

Supreme god of the Taino. Sometimes called Guamaonocon, Father Sky, Father Sky, Sky Father, Sky Father, Iocauna or Iocauna.

Guanin

A mythical country. The hero Guagugiana was said to have gone to this country. Also referred to as Guanin.

Guatauva

A messenger-goddess of the Taino. On occassion, identified as Guatauva.

Guédé

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guédé

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guianos

Sacred yellow shells used as talismans. By the Taino. Sometimes referred to as guianos.

Guinee

Home of the gods in Haiti. Identified as Guinee.

Hiauna

Father of Guagiana. Also called Hiauna.

hougan

A spirit master: a priest of voodoo. Also referred to as hougan, houngan, houngan, hungan, hungan, h(o)ungan or h(o)ungan.

Hueyuku

The afterworld in the Antilles. Also commonly referred to as Hueyuku, Mansion of the Sun, Mansion of the Sun, Mansions of the Sun or Mansions of the Sun.

hunsi kango

A vodun initiate who has passed the ordeal of putting a bare hand into a pot of boiling meal. Referred to as hunsi kango.

Ibo

A Haitian voodoo spirit. Occasionally known as Ibo, Ibo-léle or Ibo-léle.

Icheiri

Household gods of the Caribs. Also referred to as Icheiri.

Ingléson

A Haitian voodoo spirit. This spirit lives among the rocks and eats those who upset him. Also called Ingléson.

Inomme

A Haitian voodoo spirit. In some accounts, referred to as Inomme, Matresse Inomme or Matresse Inomme.

Inriri

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Jacques Majeur

A Haitian voodoo spirit, derived from St James. Also identified as Jacques Majeur.

Jazer

A Haitian voodoo spirit who can evoke. Feelings of love. Sometimes called Jazer.

Jean

A Haitian voodoo spirit, derived from St John. Also identified as Jean.

Jean Baptiste

A Haitian voodoo spirit, derived from St John the Baptist. In some references, called Jean Baptiste.

Jean Brigard

A Haitian voodoo spirit, regarded as the tutelary spirit of thieves. In some lore, occasionally known as Jean Brigard.

Jean Crabe

A Haitian voodoo spirit. Also called Jean Crabe.

Jean Délé

A Haitian voodoo spirit. In some references, referred to as Jean Délé.

Jean Féro

A Haitian voodoo spirit. Sometimes referred to as Jean Féro.

Jeune Gens

A Haitian voodoo spirit. At times, known as Jeune Gens.

Karous

A Haitian female voodoo spirit. Also identified as Karous.

Kenaima

A Carib Indian with the power of death: an avenger. At times, referred to as Kenaima.

L'arc en ciel

A Haitian voodoo spirit, the rainbow. Personified. Also referred to as L'arc en ciel.

La Silne

A female Haitian voodoo spirit. In some accounts, called La Silne.

Laoko

A Haitian voodoo spirit derived from the Fon god, Loko. Also identified as Laoko, Loko, Loko, Loko Attiso, Loko Attiso, Loko (Attiso) or Loko (Attiso).

legarau

A werewolf in Trinidad. Occasionally identified as legarau, legarou, legarou, legerau, leperou, leperou, liberou, werewolf, loupgarou or loupgarou.

Legba

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libera

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Limba

A Haitian voodoo spirit. Also known as Limba, Limba-Zaho, Limba-Zaho, Limba-Zoau or Limba-Zoau.

loa

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lookman

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Loupgarou

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Louquo

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lutin

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Maboya

A guardian deity of snakes. In some references, known as Maboya, Great Snake, Great Snake, Kleesto, Maboia or Maboia.

Madeleine

A female Haitian voodoo spirit. Also referred to as Madeleine, Matresse Madeleine or Matresse Madeleine.

Mama Brigitte

A Haitian voodoo spirit, guardian of the dead. Wife of Ghede. Sometimes referred to as Mama Brigitte, Brigitte, Brigitte, Maman Brigitte, Maman Brigitte, (Mamam) Brigitte or (Mamam) Brigitte.

Mama Nono

A Carib mother-goddess. Also commonly referred to as Mama Nono.

Mamaloi

A voodoo priestess of Haiti. At times, called Mamaloi, malePapaloi or malePapaloi.

Mambo

A Haitian voodoo spirit. At times, known as Mambo.

Mambo La Salle

A Haitian voodoo spirit. On occassion, identified as Mambo La Salle.

mambu

A Haitian voodoo priestess. Occasionally called mambu.

Maria Madeleine

A Haitian voodoo spirit derived from Mary Magdalene. Occasionally known as Maria Madeleine.

Marinette

A Haitian voodoo spirit. Sometimes referred to as Marinette.

Marissa

A Haitian voodoo spirit representing. Dead twins. In some references, called Marissa, Marassa Jumeaux or Marassa Jumeaux.

Marocael

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marré

The power to control a supernatural being. Also commonly known as marré.

Membo-Delahi

A Haitian voodoo spirit. In some accounts, known as Membo-Delahi.

Michel

A Haitian voodoo spirit derived from St Michael. At times, called Michel.

Miuisit

A Haitian voodoo spirit. Occasionally known as Miuisit, Baron Miuisit or Baron Miuisit.

Mombu

A female Haitian voodoo spirit. Called Mombu, Matresse Mombu or Matresse Mombu.

Morobo

A primitive being, one of the two Zemis, progenitor of the gods. Also commonly referred to as Morobo, Binatel or Binatel.

Mouché Pierre

A Haitian voodoo spirit. Sometimes known as Mouché Pierre.

Moundongue loa

Haitian voodoo spirits derived from the deities of the Congo. Also known as Moundongue loa.

myalism

Witchcraft. In some accounts, identified as myalism.

Nago loa

A group of Haitian voodoo. Spirits derived from the Yoruba deities. Also called Nago loa.

Nago Shango

A Haitian voodoo spirit derived from the Yoruba god, Shango. Sometimes identified as Nago Shango.

Nambo-Nansi

A Haitian voodoo spirit derived from Anansi, the West African spider-god. Sometimes identified as Nambo-Nansi.

Nansi

A name for Annency or Anansi in Curacao. Also commonly identified as Nansi, Anansi, Anansi, Annancy, Mr Spider, Spider, Mr, Aunt Nancy, Ti Malice, Ashanti Kwaku Ananse, Hausa Gizo, West Indian Annency, Annency or Annency.

obeah

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obi-man

A practitioner of witchcraft. Occasionally known as obi-man, obiaman, obiaman, Lukuman, Lukuman, kartaman, piai, wintiman or wisiman.

obi-woman

A female practitioner of witchcraft. Called obi-woman.

Obtala

The Yoruba deity Obatala. Transplanted to the West Indies. Called Obtala, Batala, Batala, Grand Batala, Grand Batala, (Grand) Batala, (Grand) Batala, African Obatala or African Obatala.

Odyssey

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Ogoun

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Ogoun Tonnre

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Ogu

A Haitian voodoo spirit derived from St James the Great. Also identified as Ogu.

Opiel Guabiron

A guardian of the entrance to the underworld. In some accounts, known as Opiel Guabiron.

Opita

Souls of the dead. These spirits still walk the earth and an encounter with one of them can be fatal. Also called Opita.

Oraji Brisé

A Haitian voodoo spirit. Occasionally called Oraji Brisé.

Ossange

A god of leaves and herbs. On occassion, known as Ossange, Yoruba Osain or Yoruba Osain.

Ouanga

Witchcraft brought from Africa. Sometimes referred to as Ouanga, African Wanga or African Wanga.

Papa Pie

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Papaloi

A voodoo priest. Also commonly known as Papaloi, femaleMamaloi or femaleMamaloi.

Paria

A sacred mountain in the Caribbean. In some accounts, referred to as Paria.

Petra loa

Malevolent Haitian voodoo spirits. This group of loa is said to be derived from spirits, etc. of San Domingo. Occasionally identified as Petra loa.

Petro

A group of Haitian voodoo gods. Occasionally identified as Petro, Dan Petro, Dan Petro, Dom Pedro or Don Pedro.

Philomne

A Haitian voodoo spirit derived from St Philomena. In some accounts, identified as Philomne, Matresse Philomne or Matresse Philomne.

Pié Angalo

A Haitian voodoo spirit. In some accounts, referred to as Pié Angalo.

Play-eye

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Polisson

A Haitian voodoo spirit. In some accounts, called Polisson.

Rada loa

Benevolent Haitian voodoo spirits. Derived from the deities of Dahomey. Occasionally identified as Rada loa.

Raphael

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Ravag

A Haitian voodoo spirit. In some references, known as Ravag.

Santa Barbara

The name for the Yoruban thundergod in Cuba. Also identified as Santa Barbara.

Shango

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Shihai

A wind-god. Occasionally referred to as Shihai.

Simbi

A Haitian river-snake god, god of rain. On occassion, known as Simbi.

Sobi-Si

A Haitian voodoo spirit depicted. As a soldier. Sometimes referred to as Sobi-Si.

Solonga loa

A group of Haitian voodoo spirits. Based on the deities of the Congo. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Solonga loa.

Solophine

A Haitian voodoo spirit. In some references, called Solophine.

Sousson-Pannan

A Haitian voodoo spirit. This being is reputed to be covered with sores and to drink blood. Also referred to as Sousson-Pannan.

sukyan

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Taurean

A Haitian voodoo spirit. Identified as Taurean.

Ti Jean Quinto

A Haitian voodoo spirit envisaged. As a policeman. Also commonly known as Ti Jean Quinto.

tona

Dwarf-like beings. In some accounts, the children abandoned by Guagugiana were turned into tona. Others say that they became frogs. In some references, identified as tona.

Touissaint

A Haitian voodoo spirit. Sometimes known as Touissaint.

Trachas

A Haitian voodoo spirit. At times, referred to as Trachas.

trick

A magic charm used for personal. Gain. On occassion, called trick.

Ville au Camp

An underwater city, home of the Haitian voodoo spirits. Occasionally called Ville au Camp.

vodun

A fetish used by snake-worshippers. Also commonly called vodun, hun, hun, vodou, vodou, Vodun, voodoo, vodu or vodu.

voodoo

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Walcott, Derek

A poet and dramatist, author of the play Odyssey, based on the Greek story. In some lore, occasionally called Walcott, Derek, (1930- ) or (1930- ).

wanga

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Yaya

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Yobanua-borna

A rain-deity of the Taino people. Sometimes called Yobanua-borna.

Yocahu

A guardian god. In some accounts, he is the same as Guamaonocon. Occasionally referred to as Yocahu, son of Attabeira, son of Attabeira, Jocakuvague-Maorocon, Jocakuvague-Maorocon, Marcoti, Marcoti, Yocahuguama or Yocahuguama.

Yoruba loa

A group of Haitian voodoo spirits. Derived from Nigerian deities. Also identified as Yoruba loa.

Yrid

A Carib beneficent spirit, one of a pair. With Akambou. Also referred to as Yrid.

Yucahu

A god of the Taine people, the spirit of cassava. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Yucahu.

Zahi

A Haitian voodoo spirit. Occasionally referred to as Zahi.

Zemi

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zemi

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zobop

A voodoo sorcerer in Haiti. Sometimes known as zobop.

zombie

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zombie errant

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zombiism

Belief in snake-gods, and voodooism. Also known as zombiism.

Zume

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West Indian Mythology