I’ll admit here and now I’d really like to play around with this idea, and even did some research on Haitian Vodoun despite that the thing that inspired it was the mental image of Kaiba dressed as Baron Samedi, chief of the Gede lwa.
Of course, now that I’ve done the research, I’m hemming and hawwing at it simply because I don’t want to disrespect it by being forced to resort to portraying the “Hollywood Voodoo” version most are familiar with.
I will, however, share some of my thoughts on this crossover concept.
My initial fanfic/rp pitch for this idea involved factions of duelists caught in a power struggle of sorts, each faction (composed of characters from Yugioh DM, GX and 5Ds) representing a nanchon (nation) of lwa, whom they served.
Given how the original series had this habit of turning Yugi/Yami, Joey and Seto into a Heroic Trio of sorts, let’s say this makes them the leaders of the duelist factions. Furthermore let’s base it on color
and elemental motifs.
Seto Kaiba, the Rada Duelist
A prominent color motif for yours truly seems to be white, which is also one of the colors prominently associated with the Rada lwa. The Rada lwa are composed of spirits that were brought out of the motherland and into Haiti, where they were synthesized into Christianity. They are considered the least aggressive lwa and are associated with healing, as well as being guardians of morals and principles. These spirits can be traced to the Dahomey Vudus of West Africa.
Temperament-wise, Seto Kaiba is not a very good fit for leading a faction that primarily associates itself with the Rada lwa. On the other hand, in Vodoun ceremonies, it is the Rada lwa who respects are paid to first after Bondye, and we all know how much Seto Kaiba loves being at the top.
To draw parallels with his Egyptian incarnation, it’s quite likely he’d be a Houngan (male Vodoun priest) and his Lwa Met Tet (Master of the Head) would be the Blue Eyes White Dragon. A Lwa Met Tet is an individual’s personal lwa, similar to a guardian angel. The Lwa Met Tet’s identity can vary—it can be a Rada, a Petro, a Gede, etc. He would have been born with this lwa rather than choosing it.
On the other end of things, one also has to consider his personality and the person he is now in the present rather than who he used to be in a previous lifetime. Putting aside his strong inclination towards disregarding anything like magic (this is an AU so presumably some features changed) or fate, it’s also likely that while he’d be a practicing Vodouissant, he would not commit to the point of joining the ranks of the priesthood: becoming one takes a level of commitment Seto would probably not be willing to put out and what’s more, he’d chafe at the idea of becoming a chwal (a “horse”/ritualist that is ridden (possessed) by the lwa) and even more that he would not remember anything his body might have done while he was “ridden.”
And that’s all for now. More later!