Papa Legba's Veve in Haitian Vodou
Veves are an important part of the Voodoo
ceremonies. They help to draw the Loa to the person calling on them. Veves
are drawn on the ground with cornmeal, sand, or other powdery substances.
The veve is drawn in an area infront of the altar or the area to be used.
A libation is done on the veve prior to the ceremony.
Each Loa has there own veve. Some Loas have multiple veves that can be used. It is part of the
ritual for the veves to become obliterated during the ceremony. Rituals
and ceremonies should always begin with fresh veves.
Voodoo Dolls to represent one of the Lwas (Loas)
If you serve the Lwa you can create a Voodoo Doll to represent the Lwa
you invoke. Baron Samedi pictured here which was made for a Client's Altar
is a great example. The doll also could be a fabric doll wearing the colors
that represent the specific Lwa and of course given life. The Doll MUST be
treated with respect and love, speaking to the representation directly.
Usually when most people think Voodoo doll they picture a sewn fabric doll without
a face that they can poke & prod with needles, when in reality a Voodoo
doll is traditionally from European based Magik known as Poppets (puppets, Moppets)
and can be made from all types of things from wax to paper which back then
were mainly used for purposes to cause the represented target suffering.
The history really has no relation to Voodoo / Vodou Religion at all. Even
though this is the case it is still quite common to see a Voodoo doll used
to represent the Lwa but, primarily in New Orleans Voodoo.
Voodoo dolls (Poppets) can be made for many purposes and used in Spell work
to represent a Target for positive or negative reasons. Salubrious personally
has Voodoo dolls she created to represent both Papa Legba & Erzulie Dantor
made up of Sticks, Fabric & Spanish moss. Used much like a Statue upon the Lwas Altar.
They can be a powerful tool in Magik and should you choose to create one
for a specific target do so with caution if you are not an experienced Spell
Our Goal in regard to Haitian Vodou (Voodoo)
Simbi Solitaire Bon Lavi's snake
Most of what the public know of Voodoo (Vodou) is based from scary
movies, television shows and media. Most often than not it is NOT portrayed
as the Religion truly is but, for "entertainment purposes" and "dramatic
flare" which can be quite insulting to those who serve the Lwa in Vodou.
Most people don't even know that Voodoo dolls are not from West Africa originally
and that is thanks to the information most people are fed verses fact & truth.
I describe it like this; Imagine you are going to see a movie but, all that
you will be shown is 3 minutes of the 2 hour movie and from this randomly
picked out scene you must judge the entire movie. THAT is what it's like
when people portray Voodoo (Vodou) you see a flicker of a Ritual without
knowing anything else and are expected to judge. Think about your own Religion
how would it feel to you if society as a whole knew nothing of your practices
but, over & over again made movies, blogs, news stories & documentaries
describing it vaguely and in a negative light?
We personally feel with all Religions you have the right to believe in whatever
you want to, we respect your choices & know that one day we will be able
to shed some light about Haitian Vodou to those who don't know. So, that
no longer is it misrepresented or judged but, understood & respected.
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