Baron Samedi – Sculpture by Addé 2018
Baron Samedi, eminent member of the Voodoo spirits, is the head of the Guédé family of Iwa, powerful, scary, and numerous, which embodies fertility and death, with particular links to magic and ancestor worship. His wife is Maman Brigitte.
As well as being the master of the dead, Baron Samedi is also a giver of life.
He is syncretized with Saint Martin de Porres, the first Black saint in the Americas (1579-1639) known for his compassion to the poor and stray animals.
Voodoo is an intensely syncretic religion with Western African roots of, mainly the Yoruba, the Fon, and the Ewe. Their animist beliefs mixed together with Roman Catholicism and the Native Americans’ beliefs to form a whole new faith.
Iwa are the spirits of Haitian and Louisiana Voodoo. They are also referred to as “mystères and invisibles” and are intermediaries between Bondye (French: Bon Dieu) and humans.
This sculpture bears an optical punctuated painting reminiscent of the martelé of obsessional Voodoo music