Baron Saturday, Loa of the Dead

Baron Samedi, Saturday, or Papa Ghede. All of those refer to the same entity – the patron spirit(loa) of the Ghede/Guede family.
InBaron Saturday traditional Vodoun (African voodoo), the Ghede family were considered keepers of the realm of the dead. Baron Saturday is most famous from his appearances in Hollywood movies and computer games. None of these appearances, however, have ever managed to capture the spirit’s true character.

As a LARP enthusiast, I started playing the role of this spirit. Over the past three years my costume changed along with my character. I began as a wandering stranger, poor and ragged. With time, I started to gain power and influence, and my outfit got richer. I added a nice pair of stolen shoes, baggy trousers, a fitted sailor’s tunic, and a better top hat. As you can see, this is not the traditional African voodoo spirit, it’s the Balkan version.

For the last three years playing like the voodoo lord (loa), I have had a lot of adventures. I’ve thwarted interdimensional invasions, fought wars, demon armies, a demon lord, a frost giant, a Serbian werewolf, and so on. Live Action Role Play (LARP) is a great hobby, if you get a chance, give it a try!

Anyway, here are some photos from my first voodoo photo session. Hope you like them! Enjoy!

Here are some older photos from previous LARP events.

The Loa

Dwarves at work… and play

Dwarves are the best fantasy race ever – they are the most down to earth and jolly fellows you can find. And with the upcoming “The hobbit” we just had to do

 something dwarvy. In the mean time we were employed at some archaeology digs – and what better place to show your true beard, than ancient ruins.

I would have added beards on Photoshop if I wasn’t too busy procrastinating, but even now the dwarves look good…if You ask me, even better than those in the upcoming movie – we’ve got hoods, and they don’t.
Photographer is Mihail Hristov (mostly)
Not pictured:
A pile of dead orks
A Gandalf
An empty ale barrel

Viktor

Tavern Under The Tower

Welcome to the tavern under the tower, where normal things don`t happen very often…

We just got back from the National LARP-game in Slivnitsa, near the serbian border. This is one of the things we do besides reenactments. This time our role was to make the best and creepiest voodoo tavern and see what happens. We made voodoo dolls, juju-s and all sorts of creepy stuff to hang from the shed of the tavern, where we served hot beverages and the best nargile i`ve smoked so far.

Vasil