May 20 2011


The veve of Damballah Wedo

The veve of Damballah Wedo

Damballah Wedo is depicted as a serpent or snake, and his veves reflect this aspect of him.

His presence brings peace and harmony. As a source of life, he is also strongly associated with water and the rain.

When he possesses a human, he does not speak but instead only hisses and whistles. His movements are also snake-like, and can including slithering along the ground, flicking his tongue, and climbing tall objects.
Damballah Wedo is associated with creation and is viewed as a loving father to the world.

Damballah Wedo is strongly connected to the ancestors, and he and his companion Ayida-Wedo are the oldest and wisest of the loa.

Ayida Wedo is likewise associated with snakes and is Damballah’s partner in creation. Because the creative process is seen as shared between male and female, Damballah-Wedo’s veves generally depict two snakes rather than just one.

Damballa rules the intellect, the mind, and keeps cosmic balance. He is the protector of the handicapped, deformed, cripples and albinos. He is married to Erzulie Freda, the flirtatious goddess of love.

In his Petro aspect he is Damballah Nan Flambo – Damballah of the Flame – and is believed to speak through flames and fires.

He is believed to have manifested through St Patrick, who drove the snakes from Ireland, and sometimes said to be linked with Moses, when his staff turned into a serpent.