BARON SAMEDI / LORD OF THE CEMETERY
Acrylic on canvas 22"x28"
Collection of Jacques Bartoli, Haiti
© Vidho Lorville
The Baron Samedi is the
first man because it is he who is the first to enter
the afterlife. At the beginning of every November he comes back
spirit world to celebrate. He possesses the body of his followers,
sings, and drinks peppered moonshine to remove the chill of the
whence he came. Even a philosophical lesson for the living is
has been known to say that the human being is nothing but
the slip of sperm
in a confrontation between the penis and the vagina.