PAPA GEDE, GUEDE LIMBO LAKWA

 
Papa Guede

 

Gede Nibo

 In Dominican Vodou, the most hilarious of all the Lwa is Gede Nibo. Gede Nibo is associated with Saint Expedite. He is seen wearing a checkerboard shirt (white and black), black pants with one leg rolled up, a macuto (straw bag) across his chest, a set of sunglasses with one lens missing, and a straw hat. Usually you can spot him in the cemetery digging new graves, sometimes at the hospital waiting for people to die, or at a church after a funeral. We call him Papa Guede, as he is the head of all the rest of them. There are thousands of them!

Gede is known for sending other fresh dead to do his work. He is scandalous. While they are doing his work, he is playing cards, dancing, and attending dice games. Papa Gede is known for cussing and crude honesty. To say that Papa Gede is crude is an under statement.

Unlike Haitian Vodou, Papa Gede rarely comes to consult in Dominican Vodou. Usually he will come to receive his offerings, or if he has something very important to say in particular to someone. He may give out winning lotto numbers if he so desires.

As in Haiti, he watches over children. He also loves to eat, and loves his money. He is stingy with his food and does not care to share it with others. In reality, Papa Gede in Dominican Vodou and Brav Gede of Haitian Vodou are not that different at all. As such, I will direct you to the pages already created under the Vodou section of the site to read more about Gede:

Haitian Vodou article on Guede is here

Haitian Vodou page on the Feast of Guede is here

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