“Officer Ti Jean Quinto”

   Ghede vodou spirit, Ti Jean Quinto in Macoute style clothing. Original Oil on Canvas sheet.                                                      Virtual matboard. Copyright c. 2012

A chance encounter with Officer Ti Jean Quinto, a Vodou lwa who often materializes as a policeman is one you’ll never forget. He is one of the Ghede lwa, the spirits of the dead whose mother and father are Brijit and Baron. Ti Jean Quinto can be found hanging out under bridges, he is said to be a homeless Ghede, but you’re sure to spot him in Police uniform. In my painting for Officer Ti Jean Quinto, I have him wearing clothing similar to the Milice de Volontaires de La Securite Nationale in Ayiti. The Golok and Parang Machetes guard his skeletal form. The infamous MVSN of Haiti were called Tonton Macoutes, they wore blue denim outfits, Red scarves, and straw hats looking like Azacca a lwa in peasant clothing. They carried lethal weapons such as guns and Machetes. And looking like Baron, many wore dark glasses as well. http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/tontons.htm                                                                 One of the most famous was the exiled high-ranking macoute under Papa Doc Duvalier, Luckner Cambronne, who recently passed away in Miami, FL. Because of his bloody and barbaric acts Luckner was called the, “Vampire of The Caribbean.” He would snatch people and sell their blood, plasma and corpses to Medical facilities and schools in the USA. In the fun and adventurous film “The Serpent And The Rainbow” starring Bill Pullman, Luckner inspired the character for the movie, Captain Dargent Peytraud a bokor working with his left hand. Ti Jean Quinto like many of the lwa in Haitian Vodou, is a native to Haiti, a spirit born on the island. But the spirits can be anywhere, and anytime under the power of Bondye. Whether you call the lwa in a Peristyle in Haiti or a house in America, they’ll be there. If you ever happen to be in Haiti and you come across an unusual cop, he doesn’t want to check your id or passport, he wants some rum and maybe a smoke too, could it be Officer Ti Jean Quinto?

About ErzulieRedEyesArtandSpirit

I love art, I enjoy oil painting and drawing anything I wish. Vodou is my faith and I enjoy creating artistic images of the lwa and spiritual subjects. I also paint and draw other subjects when I'm inspired! When i'm not painting and drawing I enjoy dancing, and spending time with my family. My favorite medium is Oil but I also love to work with graphite pencil, pastels, pen and ink.
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14 Responses to “Officer Ti Jean Quinto”

  1. Youtube video of the 26th Anniversary of the TonTon Macoutes back in 1984, they march and parade for Duvalier:

  2. rumpydog says:

    Oh Dog! He doesn’t sound like somebody I wanna run into!

  3. I learn something new every day! and I hadnt heard of this officer before, such a good painting, but someone I wouldnt like to meet in a dark alley LOL at night.. :-)

    • ROFL!!! In the painting he is skeletal but in reality when the lwa materialize you’ll usually see them in possession of a human body at a fet. When its Ti Jean Quinto he’ll have policeman uniform or at least a badge.

  4. seems like with Ti Jean Quinto, like a lot of other cops you can buy him off with a present

  5. Wow, you pack such power in your work!

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