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Agwé
Loa of the Sea
Venerated in Voodoo, Folk Catholicism
Attributes Shells, fish, blue, white, green, brown, oars, boats, mirrors,telescope, fish hooks, net, sailors'iform
Patronage Sea, river, fishermen, sailors, sea captains, pirates, Thursday, ships, boats, wind, waves, sea travelers

Agwé (also spelt Goue, Agoueh, or Agive), is a loa who rules over the sea, fish, and aquatic plants, as well as the patron loa of fishermen and sailors in Voodoo.

Worship

His colors are blue, white, and occasionally sea-green or brown. His veve (ritual symbol) is a boat with sails. His symbols are painted shells, painted oars, and sea life like the seahorse and starfish.

Offerings

Small offerings to Agwe are dropped overboard in deep ocean water. Large offerings to Agwe are left on constructed rafts (barques d'Agwe) which are floated to sea. If the raft sinks, it is accepted; if it returns to shore it is rejected.

His offerings include:

mirrors, toy ships or scale ship models, oars or paddles, sea shells;

champagne, naval rum, coffee with sugar and cream, white cake, cane syrup, olive oil;

male ducks and white rams or goats (they are prepared, cooked, and then placed on plates as a sacrifice; as king of the seas, Agwe doesn't get hot food at home).

In popular culture

  • In the Broadway show Once On This Island, Agwe is one of the 4 main gods that guide and influence the main character. He is declared the god of water, appearing with three other gods: mother of Earth Asaka, goddess of love Erzulie, and demon of death Ghede.
  • Agwe is a character in the novel My Love, My Love, or The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy.
  • Loa Agwe (together with the adepts of Voodoo) is depicted in Andrei Gusev's 2020 story Once in Malindi.
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