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GUEDE

(GLIED-ah)
Variations: Ghede, Guede
In Haitian voodoo, there is a vampiric ioa named Gu?d?. He is one of 30 different spirits who are members of the spirit family headed by Baron Samdi. Gu?d?, who dresses like an under-taker, presides over death, sex, and tomfoolery. He is a healer to the sick and protector of children, as well being a font of knowledge when it comes to death and those who have died. Gu?d? also has the power to return a zombie back to a living human. During ceremonies he freely possesses his followers, particularly those who cross-dress or wear the traditional elaborate costuming consisting of dark glasses, large hats, and walking sticks.
Source: Deren, Divine Horsemen, 267; Huxley, The Invisibles, 220; Laguerre, Voodoo Heritage, 100; Rigaud, Secrets of Voodoo, 67­68
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