"It is tradition that the dancers are dressed in a robe of leaves, bronze mask placed with fangs come out and display characters exaggerate symptoms of smallpox.
Drink large amounts of "arrack" [a strong liquor made in the area], and twitch violently to the beat of drums."
- KUYB Team
Loa (also spelled Lwa or L'wha) are the spirits of Haitian Vodou and Louisiana Voodoo. They are also referred to as Mystères and the Invisibles, in which are intermediaries between Bondye—the Supreme Creator, who is distant from the world—and humanity. Unlike saints or angels however, they are not simply prayed to, they are served.
are each distinct beings with their own personal likes and dislikes,
distinct sacred rhythms, songs, dances, ritual symbols, and special
modes of service. Contrary to popular belief, the loa are not deities
in and of themselves; they are intermediaries for, and dependent on, a
Legba is one of the main LOA in Haitian voodoo. He keeps track of the human world and the spiritual world. Legba is the key to the spiritual world. He is a small man who smokes on a small pipe with a little tobacco, and carrying a small bag with some food.
Baron Samedi is a kind of underworld god, for he rules over the cemeteries, where he helps those who have just died, to find their place in the afterlife. He always goes with a stick and dressed in a black jacket, a black top hat and sunglasses.
Baron Samedi is also known as Ghede who is the god of celebration, humor and relationships. As Ghede he is a clown-like figure. He is often accompanied by his wife, Madame Brigitte and they tend to show up at the end of a ritual where they stage immoral entertainment.
Exu has been there almost since the beginning voodoos. Exu own life's roads and therefore sacrificed in almost all rituals for him. Exu is similar to the devil.
When invoking the aid of a Voodoo God, or loa as they are called in Haiti and other areas, a design, or vever as it is called, is formed by various means. In an elaborate ceremony, the vever is draw on the ground using white flour.
In the United States a vever is often drawn on parchment, or parchment paper, or it is engraved on metal such as silver and gold, or their substitutes. The purpose is to invoke the aid of the loa in gaining success with some ritual. It thus becomes a form of talisman. This is different from Haiti. There the vever is a public display in the loa’s honor. And, also an invocation for the god’s favor. Either way, both methods represent the same basic purpose.
Veve of Ghede, God of the dead, and Lord of the Resurrection
Veve of Agwe, God of the Sea and Patron of Sailors.
Veve of Ogoun, God of War, Favours those in troubles.
Petro Symbol The Forceful, Agressive branch of Voodoo
Veve of Azacca, God of Agriculture, Help farmers.
Veve of Ayizan, Guardian of Voodoo Priesthood.