Ogou Badagris (ceremonial vodou flag) 85.0009
Drapo (ceremonial flags) are considered among the most sacred items found in an ounfò (vodou temple). They are used only on special occasions, including initiation and when invoking the lwa (spirits). These types of flags are incredibly labor intensive and often master flag makers have apprentices and workshops. The majority of the flags are based on religious subject matter such as the colors and vèvè (ceremonial drawings) of the various spirits, although a smaller number include secular subjects. Flags that are for use in religious ceremonies has fringe along the border, except for the one side that will be attached to a shaft. Other flags are made specifically for the art market and have a plain border, such as this one. Although this flag may not have been intended for ceremonial use, it still includes religious subject matter. It is dedicated to Ogou Badagris, who is a form of the Ogou, deity of war and metal. Although Ogou Badagris is a mighty warrior, he is also associated with fertility and wisdom. This flag shows his vèvè (ceremonial drawing). Ogou is the paramount male deity in Haitian vodou. Although an ounfò may own more, each vodou temple must have at least two flags, one for Ogou and one for Danbala, the great serpent deity.
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