These two loa are marine divinities, so closely linked that they are always worshipped together and celebrated in the

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same songs. Some people say the Whale is the mother of the Siren, others that he is her husband; others say the names are used for one and the same loa. Popular opinion says the Siren is married to Agwe. When Siren turns up in a sanctuary, the person possessed by her appears simply in the role of a young coquette most careful of her looks, and speaking in French, often offending the peasant serviteurs. Both the Siren and the Whale are viewed as "upper class."

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