From a reader: A spiritualist talks about various voodoo deities and demons and their sources.
I study religions (and their ancient beginnings, and live in the french quarter of New Orleans. I am a spiritualist (as they term it here) and have constant exposure to various voodoo deities and demons of many country sources. Here, they are often reachable in residence of actively tended altars, and I have either studied them one-on-one or had the misfortune of being on the receiving end of “works”.
As an example, one of the goetic demons I’ve tracked down to the south American voodoo entity/demon Exu/ Eshu (Oso). Exu is the dark trickster avatar of Ellegua (Papa Legba, Legba). Ellegua/Exu is the demon and god combo (one is demon, one is beloved gatekeeper) that must be worked through like Hermes (divine messenger) to speak to the “African powers”, and becomes Exu if used for evil or invoked deliberately.
Oso (also known as OsA in some Middle Eastern religions) shares the same dislike for whistlers in his sanctuary as Exu…basically, it puts him into a rage.
Many of the “Petro” demon/deities of voodoo directly key into the goetia (or fantastic parallels are found in the Greek Cthonic), but were mispronounced over the years by poorly educated slaves- Ezili (pronounced ee-zee-lee) Danto, very much like Erinys (avenger of women raped, etc; feminine cthonic rage demon).
My observance is that much of the demons in Haitian voodoo are in fact invoked through gnostic mason knowledge (goetic demons). Marie Laveau of New Orleans history in fact studied under a french mason/gnostic, a tradition that still is very dense in new orleans today. Veves, the seals of the voodouin are very similar to goetic seals also. (try a websearch for a few- though veves are highly guarded by the priesthood, so you wont find the thousands out there)
Thanks to Kodamagirl for that.