A while back, we Khouzhans did some projects about Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte. I mentioned this back in January in a status update; sometimes we would note people who personify the Lwa, and two who came up were Prince and David Bowie. What a shock to lose both within months of each other.
One aspect of Baron Samedi is that he’s well-dressed. Fashion was a hallmark of both stars, also known for experimental, androgynous, and even feminine use of makeup — while still oozing masculine sex-appeal. Both embraced life, love, and creativity with a vengeance. As the tributes and memories come pouring in, we learn about what they did for people, as artistic inspiration and mentors, through the power of their lyrics, and charitable works.
Something else very Baron-like of Prince was the positivity of sex and mixing it with spirituality. Our society still lives with the medieval and Victorian ideas of sex as sinful, especially the wantonness of modern music. Prince is the reason for Parental Advisory labels. Music was the opposite of religion, and then Prince came along and put it all back together.
Love, Khouzhan Lucy