veve

wednesday, february 19th 2003 [14:38:21]

veve
Definition: In Vodoun practice, intricate symbols of the Loas used in rituals. Each Loa has his or her own veve, which is traced on the ground with powdered eggshell or a similar substance prior to a ritual. The ability to draw a Veve correctly is considered to be the skill of an initiate. A veve is believed to be more powerful if it is drawn with the correct details. The picture above is the veve of the love Goddess Erzulie.

Curiously, the Veve is similar to the Hindu Kolams, symbols drawn in rice flour for the Hindu deities.

Pronunciation: Vayv • (noun)

Definition: In the Vodoun (Voodoo) Pantheon, Erzulie is the Loa (goddess) of love, romance, art, and sex. Three in aspect, she can be Erzulie Freda, a virgin goddess likened to the Virgin Mary; Erzulie Dantor, loa of jealousy and passion; La Siren, a personification of the sea and goddess of motherhood. Her color is pink, her animal a white dove. She is associated with the Lukumi Orisha Oshun, and sometimes Chango. (as Erzulie Dantor).

Alternate Spellings: Erzulie Freda, La Siren, Erzulie Dantor


Yemaya

Definition: In the Santeria/Lukumi pantheon, Yemaya is the Orisha of the Ocean. Her colors are blue and white. She is associated with the virgin Mary, and sometimes with La Siren, an aspect of Erzulie.

Alternate Spellings: Yemanja, Jemanja, Yemoja, Imanja, Ymoja

source : about.com religion & spirituality - alternative religions