Because of the nature of Vaudun practitioners, they can not pick powers from Necromancers and Animators and non-believers can not use powers from theirs
Vaudun are connected to a greater web of practitioners. They are neither inherently good nor evil, despite what media might tell you, however, those born with the inherent abilities to deal directly with the dead find it much more difficult to maintain the balance. Sèvitè, or Servants of the Spirit in English, have an unwavering focus on the divine and the forces at work in the world. They believe in a single greater power, called Bondye (meaning Good god), that does not intercede in human affairs. Instead of invoking this deity, they call out to smaller, more minor spirits (the Loa) to aid them in their bidding. The Loa can be a fickle bunch and while most of them can be benevolent, some are less inclined to help out without great sacrifice.
Sèvitè are always plagued by temptation. What they can do is always more powerful if they involve not so pure means to accomplish it. Many a good practitioner has fallen to the dark temptations and become what they swore they would never be. A mambo or houngan that gives into the dark temptations is referred to as a bokor and typically their ties to the greater community are severed forcing them to work their dark magicks alone. A priestess of the vaudun faith is referred to as Mambo while her male counterpart is Houngan.
Vaudun practitioners draw their power from their beliefs. They strongly believe in a concept called soul dualism. The aspects of the soul are the gros bon ange (big good angel) and the ti bon ange (little good angel). The gros bon ange is part of the soul that is responsible for basic biological functions while the ti bon ange is in control of the personality, character, and willpower. They believe fully that while the ti bon ange is an essential element for the survival of the individual identity of a person, it is not required to keep the body functioning properly in biological terms and there for a person can continue to exist without it.
They are animists and believe that there is power in everything from the tiniest ant to the rock on a hill, to the stars in the sky. They believe that Loa govern all these aspects of life and can be called upon to help or harm each of them.
The vaudun moral code focuses on the vices of dishonour and greed. There are no “solitaries” in vaudun as the values of love and family ad very important. There are people who live away from the community, but as long as they are maintaining the beliefs and traditions then they will be welcome back into the fold. That being said, there is no central authority and each household can have very different perceptions depending upon who their ‘head’ Loa may be.
Sèvitè that follow all the taboos imposed by their Loa and give offerings of the appropriate type will receive aid from the Loa themselves. If they ignore the Loa, it will result in sickness and failure of things around them; including but not limited to the failure of crops, the death of relatives and other misfortunes. Practitioners will often make animal sacrifices but the focus isn’t upon the giving up of life like it is in other necromantic traditions, but rather the transfer of life force from the creature to the Loa they are invoking.
These are only some of the Loa more commonly invoked. There are many many others.
Rada LoaThe Good - These Loa are older and are mainly associated with water. They are considered “Cool” in the sense that they are less aggressive and generally more benevolent. Their traditional colors are white and blue.
Papa Legba (Guardian of the crossroads) He is very humble and benevolent and never needs sacrifices of pigs, bulls or anything of the sort to be done in his honor. He is happy with a modest cup of coffee, a fistful of grilled or roasted corn or peanuts, and/or some tobacco that he smokes in a noticeably simple pipe made of little bamboo and corncob. Legba is also fond of grilled chicken, sweet potatoes, plantains, tobacco, rum, candy and toys.
Agwe(Sovereign of the Sea) Under his jurisdiction are all flora and fauna of the sea as well as anyone or anything that travels within it. Accepts a sacrifice of two white sheep which are not killed, but instead sent out on a raft along with some champagne. The raft will be sucked under water should Agwe accept the sacrifice. Agwe is generally invoked for large magicks, but smaller sacrifices might include champagne, conch shells, military uniforms, and gunfire. All invocations of him must take place on or near a body of water larger than that of a bucket.
Ayezan (Guardian of Markets and Public places, doors, and barriers) She has a deep knowledge of the intricacies of the spirit world and tends to favor select novices. She is represented as an old woman and will punish those taking advantage of the young. She favors animal sacrifices that are either solid white, or solid black and the Ox is her favorite. She also likes fragrant oils, rich foods, and gold coins. She is believed to have the ability to purify and exorcise malevolent spirits.
Dumballah (The Serpent God) He is a father figure. Dumballah is represented as a snake. He is benevolent, innocent and a loving father and his communications are often very confusing because his wisdom is hard for others to understand. He invokes monetary fortune and is favored among many for that purpose among others. He also represents the male half of human sexuality. His sacrifices are white food and drink, and he favors eggs, cornmeal, melons, rice, bananas, and grapes. The usual offering to him is a hen and a cock.
Ayida (The Mother) She is the rainbow and the mate of Dumballah. She is thought to hold up the earth and she represents the female half of human sexuality. Her sacrifices are black or blue and her favorites are white chickens, eggs, rice, milk, and white cotton.
Petro LoaThe bad/mischievous- These Loa are generally more fiery and aggressive. They are often warlike and their traditional color is red. Vaudun ‘bad’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘evil’ as much as it just means more unpredictable.
Ezili Dantor (Healing) She is associated with healing, protection from violence, homosexuals and single women. She is seen as a warrior mother and her favorite offerings include griot (a fried pork dish), creme de cacao, rum, and perfume.
Marinette - Known as powerful and violent. She frees people from bondage and reminds practitioners that the path to freedom can be hard and painful and is not without loss. She is also seen as the protector of werewolves. Her offerings are black pigs and black roosters plucked alive.
Kalfu - (controller of the crossroads) He controls the crossroads and has the power to grant or deny access to all other Loa or spirits and he allows the crossing of “bad luck”, deliberate destruction, misfortune, and injustices. He is also known as a master of the ‘human condition’ and is often seen helping people cope with personal problems. He likes tree leaves in his rituals and has no specific animal that he prefers.
Gede LoaThe Ghosts All Gede prefer blood sacrifice but minor wanga can often be bought with cigars or rum.
Baron Samedi - The loa of the dead and head of the gede family of loa. He has strong links to magic, ancestor worship and death. He is also portrayed as being rude and crude. He is also the giver of life and can cure any mortal of any disease or wound if he feels like it and his powers are exceptionally strong when it comes to black magic and curses.
Papa Ghede - Said to be the corpse of the first man that ever died. He keeps the dead souls in and the living souls out.
Baron Kriminel(Baron of Criminals) The first person to ever kill another person. Master of those who murder or use violence to harm others. Often called upon to exact revenge on those that have murdered. Sacrifices to him have to be black roosters that have been bound, doused with strong spirits, and then set on fire.
Ghede Nibo - The first person to die by violence, he is the patron of those who died by unnatural causes (disaster, accident, misadventure or violence). He is the guardian of the graves of those who died prematurely.
Maman Brigitte - Known as the protector of the graves and crosses.
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