What is a “Lwa”?
Legba, Damballah, Erzulie Dantor, Filomez, Freda, Marassa, Simbi, La Sirène, Agwe Ti Jean , Agaou! Agaou Wèdo, Agaou Tonnè, Agaou Loray, Agaou Zèklè, Agaou Lefan(Agaou ,Agaou Misan, Agaou Potokli, Agaou Bèt Sansan, Bossou, Bosso Dlo (Bossou water), Bossou twa kòn , Bossou kondyanman, Kadja Bossou, Djobolo Bossou
Marinette Bois Sèch, Kalfou, Bakoulou Baka, Krabinay, Gede Pete , Gede Egare, Brav Gede Nibo. Gede Avoka, Gede Mazaka, Gede Zariyen
Gran Bwa, Kouzen, Ogou Ogou Feray, Ogou Badagri, Ogou Balendjo, Ogou Balizay, Ogou Ashade, Ogou Panama,Feray Aleman, Ogou Batala and so many more
Baron Lacroix, Baron Samedi , Baron Kriminèl , and Baron Simityè.
Ayizan: Ayizan Velekete, Mambo Ayizan, Gran Ayizan(Ayizan , Mambo Afrekete
Agassou de bo Miwa: Agassou Do, Agassou Lèlè.
Lenglensou: Lenglensou basen san, Lenglensou Gè,Lenglensou Tonnè, Lenglensou fanm zanj.and more!
they are the essence of Vodou and they are the basis of everything we do. Most of the Lwa live if I allowed to say so in the 5 Elements. The Lwa confer upon us material blessings; physical well being protection, abundance etc. without us the lwa would not exist and also without the Lwa we would cease to exist as well. They are always watching us the lwa organized into groups they know the past, present and future. Different groups of Lwa have different things in common Rada is the majority come from Dahomey “Benin”. such as; Danbala, Wedo, Ayida Wedo, Sobo etc. those are Lwa from Africa connected directly with Haiti. ( Cool, Stable and beneficent._
Petro such as; The Ogou Lwa of the Nago Nation/ Came from Nigeria/ Ogou Shango, Ogou Batala, Ogou Badagri/ Ossanj. etc. They are considered more aggressive, fierce in fact; faster to act to against enemies/ effective in the quickness of their Wonga.
The ceremony at Bo Kay Iman to Ezili Danto, sacrificing a black female pig, thus marking the beginning of the Haitian Revolution.
The Lwas Baron and Brijit bring about the rebirth of the spirits of the deceased, who then become Gede Lwa. They are countless. It is because they are constantly being given rebirth that there are so many Gede lwa. There are also some Gede lwa that are “rasin” (have root aspects). One of these is Brav Gede Nibo, often seen as the first ancestor.
Those are just a drop in the ocean about the Lwa
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