Definitions

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  • n. In the voodoo religion, a spirit intermediary between Bondye (the creator god) and human beings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A larval nematode worm infesting the eye; the larval stage of the eye-threadworm, Filaria oculi.

Etymologies

From Haitian Creole lwa, perhaps from French roi ("king"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Much of the practice, however, involves the invocation of lesser spirits known as loa that have been compared to Catholic saints.

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  • You legal types may be interested to know that loa comes from the French word lois, or ‘law.’

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  • The ultimate goal of Voudoo ritual is to be possessed by the loa, which is considered a great honor.

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  • I nana aku ka hana o ua moo nei, e ku mai ana o Kaeloikamalama me ka laau palau, o _Kapahielihonua_ ka inoa, he iwakalua anana ka loa, eha kanaka nana e apo puni.

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  • So, no direction except "loa"; no mention, even, of the respectable gentleman's surname.

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  • Voudoo’s worship focuses on spirits and gods, called loa, which are variously described as spirits, angels, or “winds.”

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  • Only the lowly "loa", Mr Murray notes, can be accessed or propitiated - often through rituals led by houngans.

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  • In the voodoo belief system, natural disasters are not caused by the "loa", but by a distant "bondye".

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  • He told the BBC he would "pray to bondye" - referring to the voodoo supreme god, while not stressing the "loa", the lesser spirits that are at the centre of rituals.

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  • Many called on the spirits, or "loa," for help in finding work, relief from soaring food prices and recovery from four tropical storms that wiped out agriculture and killed nearly 800 people nationwide in August and September.

    The Seattle Times

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  • Somehow the Century definition and the Wiktionary definition work well together.

    July 29, 2011