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A govi is a jar or bottle usually made of red clay. It is a sacred ritualistic item in Vodu in Haiti, where it plays a significant role in reclamation ceremonies at the time of death. The word govi is of Fon origin. This should come as no surprise because Vodu originated among the Fon people of West Africa. Many have noticed that the Fon engage in rituals of reclamation similar to those one may observe in Haiti.

According to Vodu ontology, the human being is made up of three parts: In addition to the most obvious one, that is, the physical body, it also has a bipartite spiritual component, the tibonanj (one's personality, conscience), and the gwobo-nanj, which is the immortal spirit, of divine origin.

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