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Loa is the act and result of loar : venerate, praise. The term is usually used as a synonym for praise or flattery .

For example: "The president's speech was a loa to the wildest capitalism”, “The governor praises the students during his visit to the university”, "The singer got off the stage between praise and applause from the audience".

In the field of poetry , the idea of ​​loa refers to a drama of reduced extent that exalts , often allegorically, to a personality or an event. A loa, in this framework, is a celebration of something.

During the call Golden age Spanish, a loa was a dialogue, a prologue or other type of composition that was presented to the start of a theatrical function . These praises used to offer a summary of the argument. Behind the Golden age , the loas became short pieces that functioned as an introduction to a work .

At voodoo , a loa is a spirit that intermediate between human beings and the supernatural entity known as Mawu or Bondye , a divinity inaccessible to people. Loas, who are also supernatural beings, are the deities that have contact with individuals and with the supreme god.

According to the voodoo beliefs, the priests of this religion They have the power to contact the loas. Thus, the loas speak through the clergy.

A river of Chile and a city of state from Utah (USA ), meanwhile, they are named Loa , like a Chilean ship sunk in 1880 and another Peruvian who was shipwrecked the following year.

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