"If Legba was the sun, at first young, then growing old, Ghede
is the master of that abyss into which the sun descnends. If Legba
was time, Ghede is that eternal figure in black, posted at the timeless
cross-roads at which all men and even the sun one day arrive. The
cross upon a tomb is his symbol. But the sun is each year rebord.
If Carrefour is the night death which attends each day, then Ghede
is the night sun, the life which is eternally present, even in darkness.
The cosmic abyss is both tomb and womb. In a sense, Ghede is the
Legba who has crossed the cosmic threshold to the underworld, for
Ghede is now everything that Legba once was in the promise and the
prime of his life. [...] Ghede is, today, the phallic deity also.
If Legba was once Lord of Life, Ghede is now Lord of Resurrection;
and the difference between them is Death, which is Ghede."
"The Gede family of spirits are the guardians of the dead
and masters of libido. They embrace the dual domains of human frailty
and mortality, the creation and the conclusion of life.
"This is not morbid, as it may be perceived in the West, but
is in fact a celebration of the ancestral spirits and the continuation
of tradition. Gede has strong powers of healing that are especially
potent for children." [Gordon 2000]
"Their boss is the Baron (Bawon Samdi, or 'Baron Saturday'), married
to Grand Brigitte, mother of the Gedes. Family members dress themselves
in black and purple costumes reminiscent of Masonic garb, and surround
themselves with graveyard imagery. They also favor sunglasses because
the world above ground is too bright. Gede is a shameless trickster,
a wise counselor, and a benevolent healer known to have special
love for children." [Cosentino]