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


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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