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In Vodou, and especially in Haiti, Agwé, also spelt Agoueh, is a loa who rules over the sea, fish, and aquatic plants, as well as the patron loa of fishermen and sailors. He is considered to be married to Erzulie Freda and La Sirene.

In his Rada aspect he is called Met Agwe Tawoyo (Master Agwe Tawoyo) and is envisioned as a handsome mixed race man with green eyes, often wearing a naval officer's uniform. He is considered to be a gentleman who commands respect and embodies several ideals of masculinity including bravery, reserve and provision. His colours are white, blue and occasionally brown. He goes by several titles, including "The Angel in the Mirror" and "The Tadpole in the Pond".

When he possesses a devotee he often pushes himself around the temple on a chair with an oar, shouting naval commands and saluting members of the congregation.

Offerings to Agwe are left on constructed rafts which are floated out to sea. His offerings include champagne, gunfire, toy ships, savoury exotic foods, naval rum, and rams whose wool has been dyed with indigo. He is rarely if ever served seafood. He is syncretised with the Catholic Saint Ulrich of Augsburg and very occasionally the archangel Raphael, both of whom are depicted holding fish. His veve (ritual symbol) is a boat with sails.

Agwe is also a character in the musical Once on This Island as the god of water.


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Category: Religious Symbols.

Agwé is part of the Haitian Vodou group.

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Haitian Vodou is a syncretic religion practiced chiefly in Haiti and the Haitian diaspora. Practitioners are called "vodouists" (French: vodouisants [voduisɑ̃]) or "servants of the spirits" (Haitian… read more »

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