This week’s Nightmare Fuel takes us down to the bayous of Louisiana to visit a bit of voodoo royalty. I am speaking of one of the more widely known loas, or spirits, of voodoo, Baron Samedi.
Dressed in a black tail coat, top hat, dark glasses, and cotton plugging his nostrils and a face painted white like a skull, Baron Samedi is responsible for digging the graves for the dead and welcoming them to the afterlife after they are buried. He is a married man, but it doesn’t stop him from chasing mortal women, swear continuously, tell filthy jokes to fellow spirits, and behave otherwise outrageously. Rarely is this loa seen without a glass of rum in his hand or a cigar to puff on. And, although he is known for death and sickness, many people offer entreaties with the hope of their loved one being denied for death and be healed instead.
Baron Samedi’s likeness can be found in many forms, such as in “The Princess and the Frog”, “Live and Let Die”, and even in WWE wrestling programs from the 1990’s. If you do run across someone dressed as the Baron, offer him a cigar or a glass of rum. You never know if it will be the real one, and he may grant you more time on Earth for you generosity.
Until next time Addicts…