He is invoked under the names “Shell of the Sea,” “Eel,” and “Tadpole of the Pond.” Sovereign of the sea. One of the many lovers of Erzulie. Under his jurisdiction come not only all the flora and fauna of the sea, but all ships which sail on the sea. His symbols are tiny boats, brightly painted oars and shells, and sometimes small metal fishes. He likes military uniforms and gunfire. He is the protector of seafaring men. The service for Agwe is quite different from others since it is on the sea itself.
A conch shell is used to call him during a voodoo ritual.
He must be greeted with wet sponges and towels when leaving the water because of the heat.
A barque is prepared with all sort of Agwe’s favorite foods, including champagne. This barque is then floated over where it is believed the sacred underwater world exists. If the barque sinks, then Agwe has accepted the sacrifice and will protect the water interests of those who have prepared the sacrifice. Were the barque to float back into shore, then the service has been refused and a different manner of placating Agwe would have to be devised. The animals that are sacrificed to him are two white sheep.
Depicted as a mulatto with fair skin and green eyes. Services take place near seas, rivers, or lakes. Must be careful that those possessed do not jump into the water.
Any reference to signaling can only come as a pleasure to this god.
Agwe’s counterpart is La Sirine, the sirin of the seas.
In connection with Christianity, Agwe has borrowed traits from St. Ulrich, who is often pictured with a fish in his hand.