All the stories about Haitian voodoo makes us shiver. It’s so bizarre and at the same time familiar… We saw already very weird stuff, but in this case the more we learn, the more we get scared. Probably because of its power and obscurity behind the rituals of black magic.
Our first experience related to voodoo is linked to the dolls (African voodoo), not the common voodoo dolls we see the pop culture, we mean the wood figures with iron nails spiked around the body- creepy.
The moment we started to study the theory of Haitian zombies (not like the zombies on the TV) we discovered a huge number of stories and grotesque characters we never expect to find. The one who called our attention a little more were Baron Samedi (also called Baron La Croix or Baron Cimetière – some people say that they are 3 different entities). We believe we liked him mostly because of the way he looks :
“Samedi is often pictured as a tall, handsome black man, wearing a top hat (white or black), a black tuxedo and dark glasses. He carries a cane and smokes cigarettes or cigars (..), reflecting the practice of Haitian burials. Other representations show him with a more skeletal appearance. He is regularly seen swigging alcohol (usually rum) and is known for dancing, disruption, obscenity and debauchery, none of which get in the way of his actual duties of healing those near or approaching death, as it is only Baron who can accept an individual into the realm of the dead.” – Horrorpedia.com