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Skeleton Rah Rah Band Haiti Metal Art 23" x 23"


    Skeleton Rah Rah Band by Buisson Jean Yves Robert

    In Voodoo, death is considered natural, a part of every person's experience: a transition, not an ending. Gede (pronounced GEH-day), the Lwa of the dead, is often represented as a skeletal figure wearing a top hat and sunglasses. He is a dapper fellow, funny and welcoming. Gede is also the Lwa of sex and healing; natural parts of human life connected to the cycle of living and dying.

    During the days of slavery, death was the only release from horrific conditions, so the figure of death became a friendly one. Gede welcomes those who have passed on to Ginen, the "Island Beneath the Ocean." Ginen is the dream of a lost African homeland; in death they return to this paradise and can look over their living descendants. Voodooists have a great deal of honor and respect for their predecessors. Skeletons and graveyards represent those ancestors. In Voodoo, our loved ones who have passed out of this life are revered as guides and holders of wisdom. We are the living flesh upon the bones of the ancestors. They are part of us.

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