Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Missing Statue of the Devil's Pig and Pat Robinson

This will take a while.

Ezili Danto: Single Mother with a Knife
by Kevin Filan
At a 1791 ceremony in Bwa Cayman (Caiman Forest), a Vodou priestess possessed by Ezili Danto slit a black pig's throat. Those present drank its blood, and then swore that they would drive out the French slave masters or die trying. A week later, 1,000 settlers were dead, the rich plantations of Cape François were in smoldering ruins and the Haitian Revolution had begun. Some say slavers cut out the priestess's tongue as punishment for participating in the revolution, while still others claim Danto was made mute by the black guerrillas so that she could not betray them under torture if captured. All agree that thirteen years later the last French soldiers were gone, and the Free Black Republic of Haiti was born

The Iwa (Loa ) that the pig was sacrifice to was Legba.


"In Haitian Vodou, Papa Legba is the intermediary between the loa and humanity. He stands at a spiritual crossroads and gives (or denies) permission to speak with the spirits of Guinee, and is believed to speak all human languages. He is always the first and last spirit invoked in any ceremony[1], because his permission is needed for any communication between mortals and the loa - he opens and closes the doorway. In Haiti, he is the great elocution, the voice of God, as it were. Legba facilitates communication, speech and understanding. In the Yoruba pantheon, honored in Nigeria, Cuba, Brazil, and elsewhere in the Yoruba diaspora, Ellegua is mostly associated with Papa Legba since both share the role of being the god of the crossroads. In contrast to Papa Legba, however, Eleggua is a trickster child. Legba also shares similarities to Orunmila, the orisha of prophesy who taught mankind how to use the mighty oracle Ifá. He usually appears as an old man on a crutch or with a cane, wearing a broad brimmed straw hat and smoking a pipe, or sprinkling water[2]. The dog is sacred to him. Because of his position as 'gate-keeper' between the worlds of the living and the mysteries he is often identified with Saint Peter who holds a comparable position in Catholic tradition. He is also depicted in Haiti as St. Lazarus, or St. Anthony[3].
In Benin and Nigeria, Legba is viewed as young and virile, is often horned and phallic, and his shrine is usually located at the gate of the village in the countryside.
Alternative: Legba, Legba Atibon, Atibon Legba, Ati-Gbon Legba."

The Revolution actually started in 1751, fizzled, went into the jungle, and was re-ignited after the French Revolution. It was actually a three way war between the blacks, the mixed bloods, and the White French.

Indeed the Maroon fighters ignited the final successful war by a blood oath to Legba the gate keeper to all other Voodoo saints and God himself.

After the final victories against Napoleon in 1803 a statue of the Black Pig was erected in Port-au-Prince. I have tried for several years to obtain a picture of that statue to no avail. It has been disposed of.

As an aside in the 1980's the United States Department of Agriculture destroyed all of Haiti's native pigs (like the one slaughtered in 1891) claiming they were contaminated with swine fever. They tried to replace them but.....

So when the Evangelist Pat Robertson said Wednesday that earthquake-ravaged Haiti has been "cursed" by a "pact to the devil."

He was repeating something propagated by the Catholic White and Mixed Race French speaking Haitians for over two hundred years as a counterpoint to the Black Haitians proud history.

"Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it," he said on Christian Broadcasting Network's "The 700 Club." "They were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III, or whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, we will serve you if you'll get us free from the French. True story. And so, the devil said, okay it's a deal."
Robertson said that "ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other" and he contrasted Haiti with its neighbor, the Dominican Republic.
"That island of Hispaniola is one island. It is cut down the middle; on the one side is Haiti on the other is the Dominican Republic," he said. "Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc. Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island...."
Pat is just saying what he believes. Stupid old man.

Haiti is so intertwined with the United States and we know nothing about it.

Say, does anybody out there know where a picture of that pig statue is?


Feodor said...

Don't have a clue about the pig statue, but I do know the beginnings of magical realism as a literary genre rest partly on Alejo Carpentier's 1949 novel, The Kingdom of This World, which is about the beginning of the revolt in Bwa Cayman, Cape François, the priestess and the pig.

drlobojo said...

Here is a concise historical view of the 1791-1803 Haitian Revolution:

Thoron said...

One of the "proofs" of the Christian version of the Satanic pact involving a sacrifice of a domestic black pig is the infamous iron statue. No one knows where the statue is because there never has been an iron statue of a black domestic Creole pig in Port-au-Prince, honoring Boukman or the Bois-Caïman ritual.

There is a report of a statue of a razorback boar, "cochon marron," located in Port-au-Prince, "across from the old Legislative palace." However, this statue was not an ordinary Creole pig. Apparently, this boar statue disappeared during the fall of Baby Doc Duvalier.

While many scholars agree Voudou played a unifing role in the revolution of Haiti, Voudou is not Satanism, and therefore it does not involve Satanic "pacts" or "contracts" with the Christian "devil."

The lwa to whom the pig was sacrficed probably was Ezili Dantor. Ezili Dantor, the Petro Lwa of motherhood, is associated with the "Haitian black pig" or "Creole pig," which is this lwa's favorite animal sacrifice.

On August 14, 1791 the great slave rebellion began. Ezili Dantor is frequently honored on August 15, which is the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin who ascended to heaven.

Ezili Dantor is angry. She has drawn the knife from her heart and will use it as necessary. She is also viewed as a very protective mother. Though she has several children, she is not precisely a fertile Goddess of abundance. She is often said to be the mother of Haiti.

Boukman could read and write. His name "Boukman," meant "Bookman." Some accounts state he had recently escaped from a ship.

Likely he had heard of allegorical personifications of "Liberté" and or "Marianne"? In France, Liberté is often conflated with the personification of the "Triumph of the Republic," Marianne. The female figure of Marianne wearing a Liberty Cap was earlier used on iconography. Marianne's icongraphy was adopted from the Roman Libertas wearing a Liberty Cap as well as with overtones of the Greek Athena.

Perhaps Boukman wanted an angry War Goddess who would protect her children.

M. Woodling

drlobojo said...

Years ago I started "looking" for a picture, any picture, of the reported "iron pig" statue at P au P, Haiti. None, nada, no pictures.

No engravings, no post cards, no photos, nothing.

I'm about to baptise it as the "Ghost Iron Pig" statue.

So, I wonder who first made this up? Who was the inventor of the "iron pig" statue. Why?

Thoron said...

My wife wrote an indepth article
"Comparing the Legends of Bois Caiman

She didn't find out when the pig statue got attached to the Christian version of the legend, but she discusses it and several other intersting points.

drlobojo said...

Thanks Thorton for telling us about that site and you wife's efforts.

Two Observations: The one Iwa (Orisha) that would have to have been worshiped at the Pig Slaughtering (aka Sacrifice) would have been Ogun. Ogun is the Iwa of the knife, only Ogun can cut, thus Ogun must start any ceremonies where the slaughter for meat occurs. Like wise only Ogan must be given first taste if any covenant accompanying the eating of the animal is to be valid. Ogan also holds the key to the door of heaven and thus on through Ogan can you access the Higher God.

The blood sacrifice of an animal and the bonding of a contract by all in the contract by the consumption of the sacrificed animal is quite Biblical and has nothing to do with "Satan Worship".

Covenant means : "To cut"

"Covenants were concluded or solemnized with a swearing of an oath (Genesis 26:28, 31:53; Joshua 9:15; 2 Kings 11:4) and, according to ancient custom, confirmed by the slaughtering and cutting the slaughtered animal into two halves, between which the parties passed, to intimate that if either of them broke the covenant it would fare with him as with the slain and divided beast (Genesis 13:9, sq.; Jeremiah 34: 18, sq.). Moreover, the covenanting parties were to partake in a common meal (Genesis 26:30, sq., 31:54), or to partake of some grains of salt. (Salt Covenant)."

As an aside the syncretized version of Ogun in Santeria is Saint Peter.

The Haitian were following an Old Testament tradition, Get God's attention, Get God on your side, and then go out and slaughter your oppressors.

John Cussans said...

I was recently in Port-au-Prince to participate in an arts festival. While I was there I was taken to a replica of the Florentine Boar in Plaza Italia which was ritually defaced by UN troops in 2004. It is my understanding that this may be the so-called iron pig that the evangelists believe Haitian people worship but I have no evidence to support it. The person who witnessed the event also said that Baptist missionaries had performed an exorcism of the same pig monument in 1988.I have posted video documentation at

Unknown said...

The boar statue, not a pig statue, is set in a park with columns and basins, universal 69 yin yang symbology, the blade and chalice; columns and chalices, i.e. a "temple", but whose? "Boar" not pig, "Italy" not Haiti or Africa, so what non-African and non-Haitian temple is that, perhaps Pat Robertson and the Iliad pirate Venetian Bankers of Boulos family, more likely than anyone Haitian? It would seem that UN Sri Lankans merely cursed some templar-saracen Bapt-Afumet(Nimrod beheaded) templar money-changer temple a Capitol One bank building. Columns are concrete, not Italian marble!

BobDodds said...

Here's the Bapt-Afumet beheading meme link( ), more important than satanism/goat upside down star. Five pointed star either up or down reflects a deeper five points of rising/setting sun and Hand over-handed and under-handed.

The Florentine boar in PauP, in temple of columns and baptismal fonts, is literally in Piazza Italia. Haiti has a cardinal; Vietnam does not, despite extreme efforts against Buddists by CIA and Diem-Nhu brothers, so much so that CIA seemed not concerned with communism.

The Florentine boar websearches us into interlocking north African contexts, where euro kept on trying to steal and reverse African memes and symbology. Porcellino to Caledonian boar of Greek myth: rub the snout of Florentine porcellino because "a dishonor" in Caledonian context. "Strabo was under the impression that the Calydonian Boar was an offspring of the Crommyonian Sow vanquished by Theseus." A woman Atalanta shot an arrow into Cal boar, any ref to Atlanta or Atlantis? Any ref to context of mostly men hunters, mostly men warriors, cupid heart and arrow versus Erzulie Dantor sword and heart, thus Atalanta invading the male warrior realm and shooting homosexual pig heart with some strong persuasion?

"The Crommyonian Sow (also called Phaea or Phaia (Greek: 'grey') after the woman who owned it) is a mythical pig in Greek mythology." Easily might allegorize male warrior cult loyalty testing.

"According to Apollodorus, it was said by some to be the daughter of Echidna and Typhon, and was named after the old woman who raised it.[2] According to Strabo, the sow was said to be the mother of the Calydonian Boar"

"Plutarch repeats the story, but states that he had also been told that Phaea herself was a murderous female robber, and was nicknamed "Sow" because of her uncouth manners, and that she was the "sow" killed by Theseus."

"Typhon was (from c. 500 BC) also identified with the Egyptian god of destruction Set." (Michael Aquino, Xet head succeeded by Xe, Presidio and Franklin Affair and Larry King and Craig Spence) all very homosexual warrior cult, Kay Griggs NATO SHAPE

Check this in relation to African animism: "Like Pindar, Nicander has all the gods but Zeus and Athena, transform into animal forms and flee to Egypt". "From apparently as early as Hecataeus of Miletus (c. 550 BC – c. 476 BC), Typhon was identified with Set, the Egyptian god of destruction.[156] This syncretization with Egyptian mythology can also be seen in the story, apparently known as early as Pindar, of Typhon chasing the gods to Egypt, and the gods transforming themselves into animals.[157] Such a story arose perhaps as a way for the Greeks to explain Egypt's animal-shaped gods.[158] Herodotus also identified Typhon with Set, making him the second to last divine king of Egypt. Herodotus says that Typhon was deposed by Osiris' son Horus, whom Herodutus equates with Apollo (with Osiris being equated with Dionysus),[159] and after his defeat by Horus, Typhon was "supposed to have been hidden" in the "Serbonian marsh" (identified with modern Lake Bardawil) in Egypt."

The Serbonian marsh in Egypt, and Xet Xe Blackwater L3(cupid heart two templars one Horus) "Emcee Mercury MD(Jayz)". There's more mythology about a spring in that swamp, and european claims and attempts to co-opt Kemet philosophy with help from kabbalism. I have to go.