Loa: Marinette Bois Sèch


Marinette Bois Sèch is a loa of power and violence.


Other names:

  • Marinette Bois Sèch (Marinette of the Dry Arms) or Marinette Pied Cheche (Marinette of the Dry Feet)


  • Marinette is a loa of power, fire and violence in Haitian Vodou.


  • She is the wife of Ti Jean Dantor, cousin of Erzulie Dantor.


  • Her symbols are Black Pig, Black Roosters, Screech Owl and Werewolves
  • Her favourite offerings: Black pigs & Black Roosters plucked alive

Her ceremonial colours are blood red and black.



Marinette Bois Sèch, meaning Marinette of the dry arms, is one the most dangerous, violent, unpredictable in the pantheon Voodoo. She is extremely evil, her ceremonies are around huge bonfire, in which salt and gasoline are thrown into. She has the authority over all werewolves. She is one of the great sorceress and she is feared as much as she is respected.

In possession, she openly talks about the horrendous crimes she’s been committing lately. Her hands are crooked, she has a scratchy voice, lower her head and scratching. She behaves like the owl, which is her symbol. Her offerings reflect how much of a cruel spirit she is. A black hen, or goat, is presented to her, which she would douse gasoline on and set on fire alive. She finds pleasure in the horrific view, and the burning smell really delights her; also because she doesn’t want anyone to come to her hidden house in the forest, with offerings. If she needs it, she will come for it. Nothing is usually prepared for her, since most are afraid to call upon her. Marinette Bois Sèch presence are always unexpected.

Her rite is the Bizango.

What is Bizango?

Bizango is the most extreme form of petro. In possession she walks on fire. for Marinette Bois Sèch’ ceremonies take place, extremely late at night, where the djab live. Djab meaning devil.





Leah Gordon (1985), The Book of Vodou



What is a Veve?

Veve (spelled Vèvè or Vevè) is a religious symbol commonly used in different branches of voodoo throughout the African diaspora such as Voodoo and is different than the petipembas used in Palo or ponto riscados used in Quimbanda since they are all separate African religions. It acts as a “beacon” for the Loa, and will serve as a loa’s representation during rituals.


What are Rada Lwa?

Rada Loa/Lwa, or spirits who come out of the rites of the old kingdom of Dahomey (present Nigeria, Benin and Togo), generally considered to be benevolent and sweet (dous).(4)

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