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Maman Brigitte is a lwa, or intermediary between the human and divine, of both life and death in Haitian Voodoo.[1] She is always seen drinking rum infused with hot peppers, or sometimes she simply seen eating the peppers.[1] She's also said to swear frequently, and is associated with black roosters.[1] She is the partner of Baron Samedi, the male lwa of life and death.[1]

She protects the dead, gravestones, tombs and cemeteries. Lwa Maman Brigitte also used foul language. Because of her obscenity she is not afraid to tell the truth and speak from the heart. She likes to have fun and is not afraid to say what is on her mind. Maman Brigitte teaches people not to fear death but to respect it and also to respect the those who die as well as to remember the dead. She cares for the dead and wants others do care for the dead as well she also guides them as well as guards them. Even though Maman Brigitte is a mischievous trickster like other Lwa she takes her role more seriously than the others. While she does like to have fun and party, she also knows that she has to do her job.

Maman Brigitte is tough, serious, fun loving, the life of the party, caring, protective, religious, respectful, loud, rowdy and wild. Despite the fact of her rude and foul mouth she is also well spoken and behaves in a regal manner. Even though she has the power over the dead Maman Brigitte is priestess and teacher in healing.

Over time, the figure of Maman Brigitte has been syncretized with the Irish St. Brigid,[1] who herself was originally based off of a Celtic Pagan deity, also named Brigid.

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