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Invoking ayizan

I also know that Hollywood has been responsible for many misconceptions about Vodun, and that many practitioners of Vodun undergo a certain degree of intolerance simply because we do not take the time to come to understand Vodun in its proper light. However, certain aspects of Vodun are more "mercenary" than some other religions, and are more concerned with "getting things Done!

Towards that end, I would like to present a system of Vodun, or Voodoo, that has been simplified shudder and translated into In Nomine terms. The system is presented as a creation of my own devising, stemming from collected works on Vodun, and is not meant to represent certain aspects of Vodun as strictly Diabolical in Nature.

It is not my intention to indicate that all Vodun practitioners are secretly devil-worshippers, power-hungry, or evil.

Nor is it my intention to present certain of the voodoo spirits, or Loa, as strictly Evil in the "real world". However, in game terms, certain Loa fit so well into the Diabolical camp that it is easy to see how the rest of the world can come to see them as Evil, instead of just power-oriented.

If there are any practitioners on this list who are offended by my translations, please feel free to correct me, chastise me, and try to bring the finished product "into line". Yves' works in religion are spread across the whole of our planet, even g950fd firmware the darkest corners of Africa.

Yves' African experiments developed into Voodoo. The central aspect of Voodoo is the communication of mortals with the extremely powerful spirits, known as the Loa.

The Loa are all the servants of a greater and more powerful being, known as the "Gran Maitre". The Gran Maitre God is too remote for practical purposes, and thus the Voodoo practitioners attempt to gain attention of his servants, the Loa. If the Loa can be convinced, they will perform services for a devout practitioner, but will usually demand that a price be paid for their favor.

Voodoo, in its original form, was essentially, therefore, a worship of God and his Archangels. The Loa in question the Rada Loa were really just Archangels and Angels given the task of answering the specific ritual summonings, and perhaps guiding these devout worshippers in their quest for enlightenment.

The Rada Loa tended, therefore, to perform only minor services, and not interfere with the development of mortal affairs in these regions to any great extent. Indeed, the archangels were under strict orders to keep their services minimal, and not to disrupt things too much. When African slaves were brought into Western colonies forcibly, they brought with them a great deal of hatred, anger, and negative energy. This collection of negative energy was a great power source for the Diabolicals at the time, and a plan was concocted to tap into this angry sub-culture.

Thus, a second type of Loa evolved, to join the ranks of the first. These Loa, the Petro Loa, are more concerned with performing major favors, but of course they demand even more stringent prices for their services. These Loa, the dark Loa, are extremely powerful, far more powerful than the Rada Loa. As a consequence, many of the practitioners turned towards darker and more powerful ceremonies, centered on the Petro Loa, since the Petro Loa seemed to be able to "come through for the practitioners" when the Rada Loa would simply sit idly by and watch the slaves suffer.

Eventually, all Voodoo ceremonies began to be tainted by the newfound understanding that the Petro Loa would do the hard work, and the Rada Loa were the original, more benevolent, more gentle Loa. Certain practitioners of Voodoo turned their back on the Rada Loa completely, and devoted all of their efforts to the Petro Loa. Even the most benevolent practitioners still find it difficult not to turn their attention to the more powerful and attentive Petro Loa when the need arises.

Thus, modern Voodoo, through Satan's influence, has developed into a battleground over which Celestials and Diabolicals battle for the attention of Voodoo practitioners. Unfortunately, however, the Diabolical's willingness to perform acts of vengeance in exchange for pledges of fidelity often results in even benevolent voodoo practitioners becoming stained with Diabolical overtones.Spirits in Vodou are known as Loa; Catholic Saints lithographs are used to represent them. The slaves, still deeply attached to their African roots, were obliged to use Catholic Saint Image during Vodou ceremonies, pretending to be praying to them while deep in their heart they were praying to their African gods.

This is the main characteristic that differentiate the Vodou that is practiced in Haiti and in Africa. Over years have passed, but the tradition strangely still remain today; it is so deeply rooted in the religion that it is almost impossible to even imagine Haitian Vodou without the representation of the Loas with Catholic Saints' images.

In : religion. Damballah Posted by Hougansydney. Although not invoked first, Damballah is the father of all the Loas. He is the archetypal wise Loa, the patriarchal serpent divinity, associated with wisdom, peace, purity, benevolence, life and innocence. Damballah is highly respected and is one of the most revered African gods. It is very common for people to be asked to leave the temple if they're not in proper attire when Damballah is expected.

After many sacred African litanies, Damballah will finally come in possession. As a snake, he doesn't have feet; the possessed immediately falls on the ground; undulating just like a snake to get by; does not talk, but only makes hissing and whistling noises. It is believed that his wisdom is too preeminent for us mortals to be expressed through words.

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A clean white bed sheet usually covers his head while he consumes his offerings. Damballah is associated with the biblical figure Moses and, the Catholic Saint Patrick, in consideration of his affiliation with snakes.

Color: White. Next post: Loko.

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Previous post: Marassa.Spirits in Vodou are known as Loa; Catholic Saints lithographs are used to represent them. The slaves, still deeply attached to their African roots, were obliged to use Catholic Saint Image during Vodou ceremonies, pretending to be praying to them while deep in their heart they were praying to their African gods.

This is the main characteristic that differentiate the Vodou that is practiced in Haiti and in Africa. Over years have passed, but the tradition strangely still remain today; it is so deeply rooted in the religion that it is almost impossible to even imagine Haitian Vodou without the representation of the Loas with Catholic Saints' images.

In : religion. Ayizan Posted by hougansydney. Ayizan is the patroness of the initiation into Vodou with her husband Loko. Her name Ayizan Velekete means very well chosen friend of the earth.

She is one of the most important spirits in Vodou and also the first Mambo priestess. She only makes appearance during Kanzo Ceremonies initiation ritual. She is seen as a market woman wearing a white dress with very large pockets where she keeps small candies, and change to hand out to children.

Ayizan is symbolized by mounds of earth sprinkled with oil and surrounded by fringe of palm. In personification, she is represented by an old woman. She is Dahomean of origin and one of the oldest Voodoo Spirits and is therefore entitled to first offerings.

She rarely comes in possession, and when she does, her possession are never violent and might even take quit a while for people to spot her. She punishes adults who take advantage of the young; the rich of the poor; the strong of the weak and the husband of the wife.

Salutes to Ayizan and Loko are the most complicated and beautiful in Voodoo; giving them all respect. They are extremely strict when it comes to tradition. Almost all her songs are still in ancient African languages. Ayizan is depicted as St Claire. Color: White. Next post: Agassou. Previous post: Loko.Sometimes, even when things are being executed correctlyPapa Loko will appear in possession, and not extremely happy.

He can be harsh when he sees that things are not being done properly. He cannot tolerate injusticeand is quick to punish those who have done wrong. He is the master of ceremonies and always has the appropriate answer to any question. He is known as a just judge and is often called in to make decisions when something is being disputed. He is a master herbal doctor and knows all of their properties for both healing and magic, good or ill.

If a particular case or illness is extremely difficult, Loko is called by Houngans and Mambos to prescribe the cure. He passes much of his knowledge about leaves and herbs to Houngans and Mambos, thus we have many of the secrets of herbs for both healing and magic. It is often said that Loko is the wind, or like the wind. Thus he is able to hear anything he so desires.

He is associated with the beautiful butterfly and no secret is unknown to him. Loko is served by Houngans and Mambos. There would not be a reason for someone who is not a Houngan or Mambo to serve this Lwa, as he is the giver of the asson, and this is what will call him to attend to someone. He is associated with the images of St. Joseph and the Angel Gabriel. His feast is on January 6th, the day of Kingsand on May 1st. He may also be feasted on the days associated with his Saint images.

His colors are white, golden yellow, and light green. His sacred day is Wednesday, the same day associated with the Nagos. He is the father of all Houngans and Mambosand highly respected by all. It is he who confers the asson, the sacred rattle of the Vodou priesthood.It is by no means a complete list, and different cultures have different names and pronunciations.

It is an important read for anyone who suspects they may not be getting the whole story of what Vodun is. Discuss the list on Orisha List at Facebook. Associated in the Americas with the nursing and practical care professions.

Adjassou-Linguetor β€” Haitian Rada Lwa of spring waters. Mombin trees are well known for their medicinal properties. He is in the rumbling of storms and the crack of lightning.

His holy day, January 10, is national Vodun Day in Benin. Agidai β€” in charge of the ability to speak prophetically afudashe and cowrie divination. Similar to Ochossi and Osanyin. Haitian Lwa of the sea and sea life, protector of sailors and owner of all ships and navy. Overlaps with Yemaya and Olokun.

Aje Shaluga β€” money, currency, wealth, material prosperity, and dyeing coloringso perhaps melanin, bilirumin, chlorophyll and other natural pigments as well. As Oshun washed herself and her clothing in the river, Aje Shaluga colored them an attractive yellow, which became one of her sacred colors.

He also felt her sorrow and filled the skirt of her dress with jewels so she would no longer need to sell herself.

Link: Aje Shaluga Facebook page. Ananagu β€” daughter of Olokun, similiar to Pandora, but became a guardian after opening the chest. AnanuNyawe-AnanuNwoyeh-Ananu β€” suffering, more specifically the suffering from disease, daughter of Sakpata and fraternal twin of Zodji. Andriamahilala β€” name for the first woman who became or merged with the Moon upon her physical death of various tribes.

Wife of Nyame, and mother of Tano, Bia, and Anansi. She is worshiped in fields, not temples. Ashe, Ise β€” divine energy or power. Some may relate to this as a being in and of itself, while others view it as the divine thread that connects all types of matter…more of a phenomenon than a personified being since it is a part of the Great Unfathomable.

Atai β€” Efik mother Goddess, who gave humanity conflict and death to keep the population under control. Ayayo β€” younger sister of Oya, associated with malevolent witchcraft. Do not invoke. Exorcises evil Spirits, and helps to communicate with, calm, and send away merely inconvenient ones.

In Haitian Vodou, she is also regarded as the first Mambo. Brise β€” Haitian lwa of the hills and woods thereon. He is protective of children, and sometimes takes the form of an owl. Though he is thought of as generally benevolent, he can cause insanity with overexposure. Bromu is the child of Yewa and in charge of dessication and drying, whether for purposes of preservation or mummification or sucking of energy through the evil eye or other life sucking or vampiric magic.

Brosia is in charge of tornadoes and energy that roots things out and decimates specific areas.Initiation into the Asson lineage of Vodou tradition is a long process.

It takes nearly two weeks to complete. Traditionally, initiation into the Vodou Tradition is done in Haiti. There have been arguments in the Diaspora about whether or not the Kanzo can be done here in the US; I am not going to get into that here.

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Suffice to say, there are some who say it can be done here and have done it here for years. I am going to discuss the Kanzo ceremony in which people are initiated from hounsi kanzo all the way to Houngan or Mambo Asogwe. A shorter version of the kanzo is done when only making hounsis kanzo. I am not going to discuss that here. You can check that out here: Simple Kanzo Ceremony β€” it is basically a shortened version of the following ceremony which excludes certain ceremonies which are required in order to make someone a Houngan or Mambo Sou Pwen or Asogwe.

The first ceremonies in the kanzo are known as the bat ge. Houses differ in the number of nights that the bat ge is done, usually it will be held anywhere from seperate nights. The pwen, or focus, of the ritual is focused on a special Petro altar known as the bila.

The Bila, which is made in a section of the peristyle, is constructed with white sheets in a tent form. Under the tent, Hounsis who are already initiated, beat upon a plates with forks, knives and spoons to call upon the Lwa.

Other ritual objects are constructed and spiritually charged within the bila to invoke the Lwa and gain their participation. In the center of the Bila, you will find a bottle with a coin at the top. On top of this coin, you will see a cork standing with the use of a needle that has two forks coming from its sides.

This whole contraption spins. It is known as the nkisi. Nkisi is a Congo language word for spirit. During the ceremony, a very specific number of songs must be sung for each of the Lwa.

On one of the nights of the Bat Ge, a ceremony known as the pile fey crushing of the leaves is done. The herbs crushed during this part of the ceremony are used throughout the kanzo. The herbs are specifically charged and empowered through this special ceremony.

Usually on another night, during the bat ge, Houngans and Mambos will tie packets in the djevo for the candidates.

They serve various purposes to assist the initiate within his or her service to Ginen. In most Houses, either a standard set is conferred or it the specific pakets to be given are chosen by the Papa or Mama Kanzo considering what is and will be most beneficial for the new initiate.

In most Vodou Houses or Sosyetes, Hounsi kanzos do not receive any packets, Sou Pwen initiates receive three and the Asogwe initiate will receive seven. Though this may vary. The next step to take place are series of special baths. These baths are symbolic of the death of the candidates. Some houses do these baths for three days, some for one day, some for two.What you hold may you always hold.

What you do, may you always do and never abandon. But with swift pace, light step and unswerving feet, so that even your steps stir up no dust, Go forward, the spirit of our God has called you. I behold the Lord.

I see His outstretched hands. I see the blood from His wounds. I see the love in the eyes of Jesus. I see His gracious acceptance of me.

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Jesus has come out of the tomb β€” He still has the scars, but now they are glorious, with the glory of heaven. Still looking at the Lord, I reach out and touch Him.

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I hold the Lord β€” and I am held in His love. Love enfolds. It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me. I am secure in the Lord. I can see the world as He created it, in His mercy, I can see my sisters and brothers with His love, and I can worship the Father through the eyes of the Son in the Love of the Holy Spirit.

God has given you the power of working miracles continually, and the favor of answering the prayers of those who invoke your assistance in misfortune, anxiety, and distress; we beseech you, obtain for us from Jesus, through Mary, His Blessed Mother, what we beg of you so fervently and hopefully, if it be for the greater honour and glory of God and for the good of our souls. Saint Clare: Pray For Us. Blessed Saint Clare, whose very name means light, illumine the darkness of our minds and hearts so that we might see what God wishes us to do and perform it with a willing and joyful heart.

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Before your birth, a Heavenly voice foretold that you would be a light illuminating the world. Be a light to us in the sorrows and anxieties of this earthy life, and lead us into the eternal light of our home in Heaven. God of mercy, You inspired Saint Clare with the love of poverty. By the help of her prayers may we follow Christ in poverty of spirit and come to the joyful vision of Your glory in the Kingdom of heaven.

O Blessed Saint Clare, your life shines like a beacon and cast its light down the ages of the Church to guide the way of Christ. Look with compassion on the poor and humble who call on you for help. As you bow before your Eucharistic Lord in Heaven, speak to Him of my afflicted body and my broken spirit. Ask Him to heal me and to wash away my sins in His precious Blood.

Great Servant of Christ, remember the needs of my family and all those I pray for.


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