The Immortal Game
St. Ulrich, Agive, Agoueh, Met Agwe Tawoyo, Shell of the sea, Captain of the seven sea
Epic Perception, Epic Stamina, Animal (Fish), Cheval, Psychopomp, Water
Animal Ken, Awareness, Control, Craft, Fortitude, Thrown
In Voodoo, Agwe, invoked under the names “Shell of the sea, Captain of the seven sea” is the sovereign of the seas. He symbolizes the intuitive powers and deep knowledge of the ocean. Agwe is the husband of La Sirène and one of the husbands of the gracious Erzulie Freda. Children of Agwe are usually ‘water people’ – (sailors, swimmers and water signs of the zodiac.) Agwe is always saluted and signaled to by the blowing of conch shell during his service.
When Agwe comes in possession, he moves with an infinite grace and power. He does not talk, but only makes with his mouth the sounds of the ocean waves and water should constantly be poured on his head. Altar offerings to this loa have nautical and marine themes. Offerings to Agwe are quite different from others since it takes place at the sea itself. His favorite foods and drink – which include champagne – are left on constructed rafts which are floated out to the sea. If the bark(s) sinks, then Agwe has accepted the offering. Agwe is syncretise with the Catholic Saint Ulrich who is depicted holding a fish.
The Loa of the Ocean has walked among men as often as the other Loa. He always takes the form of a fisherman or someone with some other association with the sea. He is the sea’s master, and the assurance of his form reflects this. He’s always the experienced, grizzled sailor, the admiral, the captain of the vessel, the owner of the dockyard.