Sep 2 2011

Gran Bwa

The vévé  of Gran Bwa

The vévé of Gran Bwa

Gran Bwa means “Great tree” and he is the master of the forests of Vilokan, the island that is home to the Loa.

He is strongly associated with plants, trees and practices associated with those materials such as herbalism.

Gran Bwa is also the master of the wilderness in general, and thus can be wild and unpredictable. Continue reading


May 20 2011

Simbi

The vévé of Simbi

The vévé of Simbi

In Haitian Vodou, Simbi (also Sim’bi) is a large and diverse family of serpent Loa

Some prominent Simbi Loa include Simbi Dlo (also Simbi d’l’eau – Simbi of the Water), Simbi Makaya, Simbi Andezo (Simbi of Two Waters), and Gran Simba.

Traditionally they are all associated with water, but in the Haitian Vodoun context they have wide ranging associations.

For example Simbi Makaya is a great sorcerer, and served in particular in the Sanpwel secret societies.

Simbi Anpaka is a Loa of plants, leaves, and poisons.