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Sequined Bottle for the Haitian Vodou Lwa Bossou

Catalog Number: A011


28 cm tall, 8 cm in diameter at base of bottle


Religion and Denomination: Sèvi lwa/Vodou (Haiti, Ewe-Gen-Aja-Fon)
Country of Origin: Haiti
Ethnographic Origin: Haitian
Materials: Beads
Usage: N/A
Detailed Description of Significance:

Bossou is the bull god of Haitian religion.  He belongs to the Petwo nation, an indigenously Haitian category of hot and violent divinities .  He is often associated with war and fighting and is not a very reliable Lwa.  Each of his three horns has a meaning: strength, wildness, and violence.  Here he is depicted with anthropomorphic facial features.  Cultural historians associate him with the spirit of the deceased Dahomean King Tegbessou.