Samdie

Author: Anna Leontieva

Published: February 1, 2020

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To talk about death

People do not like to talk about death. About one mention of it, they shy away, as if from a plague and quickly change the subject. As if she would not come, if not to speak and not think about it. On the one hand, this attitude is surprising, on the other, it causes sarcastic humor. After all, the only thing you can be 100% certain about is death. It won’t quit, it won’t be late.

Unlike “normal” people, martidal aesthetics won my heart as a child, and the word darkly became a synonym for beauty.
No wonder I was fascinated by Baron Samdi, one of the most powerful spirits in the Voodoo cult. Before continuing my philosophizing about death, I want to introduce you to the image of the Baron.

Baron Saturday

Samedie, also Baron Saturday – the deity of death, the owner of the cemetery and a guide to the world of the dead. It is he who meets and ferries the soul of the deceased. A tall black man, his face is hidden under the image or mask of a skull, and sometimes a skull instead of a face. Hair braided in dreadlocks. He wears a black frock coat and a cylinder hat adorned with skulls, bones and feathers. He often has a cane with a knob in the shape of a skull or a coffin.
But, despite the gloomy image, he is a merry fellow. He likes to drink dark rum in which 21 hot peppers are placed, to dance and sometimes play with his cane depicting the phallus.

But death is not his only specialization, he is the patron of debauchery, games, holidays and fun. After all, like no one else knows that life is short and you should not spend it on suffering. It is interesting and surprising that it is the god of death that inspires fun. But this definitely has logic and depth. With such, at first glance, the opposite circle of activity, he seems to be telling us: have fun, enjoy today, because tomorrow I may take you to the world of spirits.

Without life, death is impossible. Therefore, the hypersexual Baron Saturday is also the patron of sex, like life extension, and children. It was he who was asked for help if the child was in trouble. Moreover, there is a very interesting parallel between death and orgasm. It is at these two points that a person is most open and vulnerable. “Good sex is the closest to death experience available to a living person without crossing the line” (c)

In addition to the above, in his department is healing and black magic … About healing: He may refuse to come for his soul and dig his grave, since it is in his power. But that is not all. The figure of the Baron is very multifaceted and these facets open up ever greater depth and wisdom, but I will stop here, since the topic cannot be covered in one post.

My experience

And now let’s move on to my experience of this image and attitude towards death. At first glance, gloomy people are mostly kind, sympathetic and wise. Especially if the decadent mood came from understanding and accepting death. Such an understanding inspires you to think about what will happen next? What will happen to me after death? Who am I? And what part of me will pass into another life? If she is, or is that all, will I die and will it all end?

Such thoughts are like meditation, they leave an imprint on themselves and affect the deepest part of the essence. Understanding that you are here temporarily, will you be sad or eagerly absorb this world? Some go to extremes: pessimism or senseless fun roll down. And some calmly enjoy inconstancy and use their body and life to good use.

I have always accepted this world with romantic sadness. Every minute is like farewell, because you understand that attachment will have to be cut off. Whether you want it or not. I think that the very fact of awareness of the inevitable end of this life can make it deeper and more meaningful.

But thanks to the cheerful figure of the Baron, I especially vividly emphasized: all this is not a reason for sadness. On the contrary, take a walk, have fun, enjoy yourself – after all, “tomorrow” will not happen.

Appreciating life and understanding death is one of the main messages that I received while working with this image.