Veve: Exu

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Veve Pendant: Loa Exu with Stones

  • Large: $145 Code:892
    • 36X36mm or 1.4" diameter

Exu (Eshu, Papa Legba) is the messenger of the gods, similar in many ways to the trickster gods of other cultures who are also messengers, but also associated, through the syncretism of the African Diaspora religions, with both Christ and Satan. He usually appears as an old man on a crutch or with a cane, wearing a broad brimmed straw hat and smoking a pipe, or sprinkling water. The dog is sacred to him. Because of his position as 'gate-keeper' between the worlds of the living and the 'mysteries' he is often identified with Saint Peter who holds a comparable position in Catholic tradition. But he is also depicted in Haiti as St. Lazarus, or St. Anthony.

This Macumbe veve has the colors sacred to Exu in the stones: a vernuil ruby, a moonstone, and a black onyx. It is $30 less without the stones. Email us if you'd like that.

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Exu Cut out

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Veve Pendant: Cut Out Loa Exu

  • Small: $50 Code:875
    • 20X20mm or 0.8" diameter
  • Medium: $60 Code:960
    • 27X27mm or 1.1" diameter
  • Large: $80 Code:876
    • 36X36mm or 1.4" diameter

Exu or Eshu or Eshu Elegua is the only god (loa or orisha) in the Voodoun pantheon who can talk to the Creator God or any of the other gods. He is also known as Papa Legba or Legba and is always propitiated before any other deity in a Voodoo ritual. This particular veve is from the Brazilian style of voodoo known as Macumbe. Exu is also the trickster god and he loves chocolate, rum and cigars. He'll do what you ask - for a price. This cut out form can be done to some of the other veves with some modifications - ask us.

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Veve: Exu Rei

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Veve Pendant: Loa Exu Rei

  • Large: $250 Code:293
    • 48X54mm or 1.9"X2.1"

All the loa or orisha have multiple selves, or personae, which are constellations of attributes known in Voudoo as roads. Exu (the Brazilian name for Eshu or Legba) has 28, but the highest and most powerful of these is Exu Rei, or Exu the King. Rituals using the loa will be more productive if the correct road or manifestation of the deity is used, not only because of the intrinsic power of that manifestation but also because one may find a specific road more familiar or personally accessible than another. Exu Rei is so powerful as to be associated with the Christian devil form.

This is the most complex veve we make (so far) - though see the version below with gold!

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Exu Rei 14kt and SS

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Veve Pendant: Loa Exu Rei, Argentium Sterling Silver and 14kt Gold

  • Large: $450 Code:293au
    • 48X54mm or 1.9"X2.1"

Exu is also the manifestation of Mercury - the morning star (Lucifer). He is called Lucero in Palo Mayombe and is both female and male, silver and gold. He is the deity of balance and guidance through paths.

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Papa Legba

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Veve Pendant: Loa Papa Legba

  • Large: $120 Code:1226
    • 36X36mm or 1.4" diameter

This is a Haitian Voodoo veve. Papa Legba is the Haitian and New Orleans Voodoo god also known as Eshu and Exu. This veve brings the wearer good fortune. Legba is the god of the crossroads and therefore of journeys.

Here's how you make a wish to Legba: Buy a Mounds bar, eat half while thinking of what you need/want and walking toward a cross roads. Toss the uneaten half of the candy bar into the intersection, still thinking of your desire, and wait until it is crushed by a car - you'll get what you asked for. Ask carefully - remember, he's the trickster god too!

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Papa Legba

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Veve Pendant: Loa Papa Legba, Hoodoo Version

  • Large: $150 Code:896
    • 36X36mm or 1.4" diameter

Diaspora faiths had no compunction against making use of the European grimoires. For example, at some point, several of the seals from the Goetia and related texts were adopted by the Voodoo priests as veves (sigils) for the African Loas (gods). In this example the seal is from the grimoire called the Grimoirum Verum, representing the spirit Frucissiere (about half way down the page). Corresponding to this, we have the Voodo sigil of the Loa Papa-Legba. Follow that link for an excellent article on Hoodoo vs Voodoo!

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Loa Kalfu (Carrefour)

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Veve Pendant: Loa Kalfu (Carrefour)

  • Large: $150 Code:1479
    • 36X36mm or 1.4" diameter

Loa Kalfu, the twin of Legba, is the God of the crossroads who allows the loa of black magick to enter the possessed. He is the Voodoo God of Black Magick, a Petro (Petwo) loa who, like Legba, is the intercessor that allows the voudun to speak with demons and so called evil loa. Sometimes thought of as a demon, Carrefour is the God of Magicians.

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Veve: Loa Pomba Gira

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Veve Pendant: Loa Pomba Gira

  • Large: $115 Code:1016
    • 36X36mm or 1.4" diameter

The female form or wife of Legba (Eshu) is Pomba Gira. The scarlet woman of voodoo, Pomba Gira wears black and red dresses, loves dancing, rum, and cigars. She is propitiated in much the same way as Eshu. Pomba Gira is worshipped by the practitioners of Umbanda and Quimbanda in Brazil. While Exu manifests and encompasses male sexuality, fertility and strength, Pomba Gira personifies female beauty, sexuality, and desire. Pomba Gira is viewed as a beautiful woman who is insatiable. She is venerated with great respect and care, as her worshipers concede that her wrath can be firm and strong. Pomba Gira is often invoked by those who seek aid in matters of love and sex magick.

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Veve: Loa Ogun-

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Veve Pendant: Loa Ogun

  • Large: $200 Code:689
    • 40X40mm or 1.6" diameter

This is a Macumbe veve of the orisha Ogun (Ogum). He is the god of metal and metalworkers and of justice and he is a protector of all who worship him. He is the patron of smiths and is usually displayed with his attributes: machete or sabre, rum and tobacco. He is one of the husbands of Erzulie. Ogun is the traditional warrior and seen as a powerful deity of metal work, similar to the spirit of Ares and Hephaestus in Greek/Roman mythology. Ogun is mighty and triumphal, though he also exhibits the rage and destructiveness of the warrior whose strength and violence can turn against the community he serves.

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Ogun Hatian

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Veve Pendant: Loa Ogun, Haitian Style

  • Large: $150 Code:688
    • 36X36mm or 1.4" diameter

This is a Haitian style veve of Ogun. In Haitian Vodun and Yoruba mythology, Ogun presides over fire, iron, hunting, politics and war. Perhaps linked to this theme is the new face he has taken on in Haiti which is not quite related to his African roots: that of a powerful political leader. He gives strength through prophecy and magick. It is Ogun who is said to have planted the idea for the Haitian Revolution of 1804 in the minds of the slaves whom he then led and empowered. He is called on now to help the people obtain a government more responsive to their needs.

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Erzulie Dantor

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Veve Pendant: Loa Erzulie Dantor

  • Large: $150 Code:990
    • 36X36mm or 1.4" diameter

In her Haitian aspect as Erzulie Dantor, Erzulie is often depicted as a scarred and buxom woman, holding a child protectively in one hand and a knife in the other. She is a warrior and a fierce protector of women and children. She is also the patron of lesbians. It is believed that a common depiction of Erzulie Dantor has its roots in copies of the icon of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, brought to Haiti by Polish soldiers who fought on both sides of the Haitian revolution from 1802 onwards. She can be a tough lady and a little wild, but before all she is a mother. She is the most perfect mother one could wish to have for she watches and cares for her children and family until the very end. Dantor will also help you for very little sacrifice on your part.

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Ezili Freda Dahomey (Veve)

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Veve Pendant: Loa Ezili Freda Dahomey

  • Large: $150 Code:894
    • 36X36mm or 1.4" diameter

Ezili Freda - She is a mature light-skinned woman who enjoys the finest things: jewelry, expensive perfume, champagne, dancing and flowers. She is said to own all men (or she thinks she does) and she gives romance and luxury. She is so pure she must never touch the bare ground. Her main rival is her sister Ezili Dantor. She wears three wedding rings, one for each husband (Damballa, Agwe and Ogoun) and her colors are pink, blue, and gold. Coquettish, Erzuile Freda is femininity and compassion embodied, though she also has a dark side: she is seen as jealous and spoiled and lazy within some Vodoun circles. She too is associated with gay men and lesbians. When she mounts a serviteur she flirts with all the men, and treats all the women as rivals. She is seen as never able to attain her heart's most fervent desire so she always leaves a service in tears.

Erzulie Dantor and Ezili Freda are both paths or emanations of Erzulie, just as Exu, Eshu Ellegua, Exu Rei, and Papa Legba are all paths or emanations of Eshu.

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Veve Pendant: Loa Yemaya

Yemaya (Africa: Yemoja, Brazil: Yemanjá, Cuba: Yemaya, Haiti: La Sirène) is an orisha, originally of the Yoruba religion, who has become prominent in many Afro-American religions. Africans from what is now called Yorubaland brought Yemaya and a host of other deities/energy forces in nature with them when they were brought to the shores of the Americas as captives. She is the ocean, the essence of motherhood, and a protector of children.

The pendant on the right has 2 faceted aquamarines for Yemaya's association with the Virgin Mary, and a pearl from the ocean.

Yemaya

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Veve Pendant: Loa Yemaya

Large: $125 Code:1171 (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)

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Yemaya with stones

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Veve Pendant: Loa Yemaya with Stones

Large: $200 Code:1171st (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)

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Damballah Weddo

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Veve Pendant: Loa Damballah Weddo

  • Large: $150 Code:1480
      36mmX36mm or 1.4" diameter

Damballah is usually depicted as a snake or serpent. In voodoo the snake is a symbol of life and of the creative primordial energy in the world (as it is in the mythologies of the Sacred Nagas and the Worm Ouroborous). He is also the god of the sky, of cotton, and is the protector of the handicapped and of young children. His companion is Ayida Weddo, the Rainbow Serpent. This veve is the marriage of the two forces, male and female, both of which are required in the voodoo creation myth.

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Loa Simbi

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Veve Pendant: Loa Simbi

  • Large: $150 Code:1481
      36mmX36mm or 1.4" diameter

Loa Simbi is another serpent loa like Damballah, or more accurately Simbi is a family of serpents each with a different character, or perhaps, like Ellegua's 28 roads, these are just manifestations of Damballah The Serpent that some consider to be the father of all loas. For example, Simbi Andezo is the Simbi of marshes and fresh water; Simbi Ganga is a warrior spirit; Simbi Makaya is a magician. As the veve suggests Simbi is also a Loa of the Crossroads like Legba and Kalfu. You can find out much more on Simbi on this exxcellent page here.

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Azaka Veve

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Veve Pendant: Loa Azaka Mede

  • Large: $150 Code:093
      36mmX36mm or 1.4" diameter

Azaka Mede is the beloved country cousin of Haitian Vodou. Papa Zaka is the patron of agriculture and farming and his symbols are the simple woven makout bag with tassels and his denim clothes, which reveal his earthy, peasant ways. The picture of St. Isidore is his image in Vodou.

His bag also belies his importance as a loa of abundance and magick and is an amalgation of both Ki-Kongo and Spanish origins. The Iberians carried a similar bag, featuring two tassels and the Ki-Kongo had a bag called 'nkutu,' whose name means 'small bag on shoulder.' The covering of knots or tassels, as seen in his veve, indicate the magickal nature of the bag. Thus, Azaka's bag is both practical and magickal. The bag, along with his pipe (for pleasure) are the key symbols of this earthy and popular loa.

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Oshun

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Veve Pendant: Loa Oshun

  • Large: $150 Code:119
    • 36X36mm or 1.4" diameter

Oshun is beneficent and generous, and very kind. She does have a horrific temper, though it is difficult to anger her. She is married to Ṣàngó (Chango, Shango), the god of thunder, and is his favorite wife because of her excellent cooking skills. One of his other wives, Oba, is her rival. They are the goddesses of the Ọṣun and Oba rivers, which meet in a turbulent place with difficult rapids. Oshun is the force of harmony, which we see as beauty, feel as love, and experience as ecstasy. Oshun, according to the ancients, was the only female amongst the 401 sent from the spirit realm to create the world. As such, she is revered as "YeYe" - the sweet mother of us all. When the male Irunmole attempted to subjugate Oshun due to her femaleness, she removed her divine energy from the project of creating the world and all effort ceased until they apologized and entreated her to return.

When the Supreme Being, Olodumare, begged Oshun's pardon, the world could continue to be created. But also not before Oshun had given birth to a son who became Elegba, the great conduit of ase (pronounced AH-SHAY) in the universe - in other words the magickal energy of the creator - and also the eternal and infernal trickster.

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Veve: Loa Marie Laveau

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Veve Pendant: Loa Oya

  • Large: $115 Code:1222
    • 36X36mm or 1.4" diameter

Oya is seen in aspects as the warrior-spirit of the wind, lightning, fertility, fire, and magic. She creates hurricanes and tornadoes and guards the underworld. She is the spirit of tornadoes (which are said to be her whirling skirts as she dances), lightning (the power of which she acquired from her husband, Shango), earthquakes, and any kind of destruction. Oya is also the spirit of change, transition, and the chaos that often brings it about. Her association with the marketplace, and more specifically with the gates of cemeteries (as opposed to the entire underworld), reveals her in her aspect as facilitator of transition. Oyá, when danced, often has a horse tail. Her clothes have all the colors but black. She has a face expression of really big and open eyes, and she breathes and blows up her chins, and often screams. Oya is believed to be Shango's favorite wife. She is also called "the one who puts on pants to go to war" and "the one who grows a beard to go to war".

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Veve: Loa Chango (Xango)

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Veve Pendant: Loa Chango (Xango)

  • Large: $200 Code:705
    • 36X36mm or 1.4" diameter

Shango (Xango, Shango), or Changó in Latin America, is perhaps the most popular orisha; he is a sky father and god of thunder and lightning. He is a royal ancestor of the Yoruba as he was the fourth king of the Oyo Kingdom. In the Lukumí religion of the Caribbean, Shango is considered the center point of the religion as he represents the Oyo people of West Africa. The Oyo Kingdom was sacked and pillaged and its residents brought in chains as slaves to the Caribbean and Brazil. All the major initiation ceremonies (as performed in Cuba, Puerto Rico and Venezuela for the last few hundred years) are based on the traditional Shango ceremony of Ancient Oyo. This ceremony survived the Middle Passage and is considered to be the most complete to have arrived on Western shores. This variation of the Yoruba initiation ceremony became the basis of all orisha initiations in the West.

The energy given from this deity of thunder is also a major symbol of African resistance against an enslaving European culture. He rules the color red and white; his sacred number is 6; his symbol is the oshe (double-headed axe), which represents swift and balanced justice. He is owner of the Bata (3 double-headed drums) and of music in general, as well as the art of dance and entertainment.

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Veve: Loa Chango (Xango)

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Veve Pendant: Loa Agwe

  • Medium: $85 Code:1168
    • 27X27mm or 1.1" diameter
  • Large: $115 Code:1169
    • 36X36mm or 1.4" diameter
  • Extra Large: $160 Code:1170
    • 45X45mm or 1.8" diameter

In Vodou, and especially in Haiti, Agwé, also spelt Agoueh, is a loa who rules over the sea, fish, and aquatic plants, as well as being the patron loa of fishermen and sailors. He is married to Erzulie Freda and La Sirene.

In his Rada aspect he is called Met Agwe Tawoyo and is envisioned as a handsome mixed race man with green eyes. He is often envisioned wearing a naval officers uniform. He is considered to be a gentleman who commands respect and embodies several ideals of masculinity including bravery, reserve and provision. His colours are white, blue and occasionally brown. He goes by several titles, including "The Angel in the Mirror."

He is syncretised with the Catholic Saint Ulrich and very occasionally Saint Raphael, both of whom are depicted holding fish. His veve, or ritual symbol, is a boat with sails.

Note: Because Agwe's veve is done as a charm, it's easy to make smaller sizes. But we can make smaller sizes on some of the other veves too - email us.

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Maman Brigitte

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Veve Pendant: Loa Maman Brigitte

  • Large: $200 Code:241
    • 40X40mm or 1.6" square

In Vodou, Maman Brigitte (Grann Brigitte, Manman, Manman Brigit, Manman Brijit) is a death loa, the wife of Baron Samedi. She drinks rum laced with hot peppers and is symbolized by a black rooster. Like the Baron, she uses obscenities. She protects gravestones in cemeteries if they are properly marked with a cross.

A New World loa, Maman Brigitte is probably traceable back to the Irish Saint Brigid. Maman Brigitte is one of the few Loa who are white. Maman Brigitte is blonde and green eyed with light European skin.

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Veve: Loa Pierre-Boucassin

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Veve Pendant: Loa Pierre-Boucassin

  • Large: $150 Code:893
    • 36X36mm or 1.4" diameter

This is a Haitian Voodoo veve. It works as a love spell, designed to draw the opposite sex to the wearer. Loa Pierre Boucassin is a sexually promiscuous loa who enjoys sensual pleasure.

And that's about all I can find out about him. If you know more about him please email me.

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Onzoncaire

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Veve Pendant: Loa Onzoncaire

  • Large: $150 Code:898
    • 36X36mm or 1.4" diameter

This is a Haitian Voodoo veve. Loa Onzoncaire helps the wearer accomplish anything desired. A good loa who gives all that is asked for if he is rewarded with the head of a sheep and a quart of whiskey.

I know very little about this loa also. Know more? Please email me.

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Veve: Loa Marie Laveau

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Veve Pendant: Loa Marie Laveau

  • Large: $150 Code:1022
    • 36X36mm or 1.4" diameter

Marie Laveau, a voodoo priestess from New Orleans who lived in the 19th century, was said to have had a great snake as a familiar by the name of Zombi. After her death her magickal powers were said to have been so great that she transcended the normal round of birth and death and became a loa. Her initials, M and L, with the L forming her snake; and a AA grade genuine ruby, her favorite stone, form this veve.

You can have her without the ruby for $35 less or you can get a less expensive stone. I tend to give the Loa the very best of everything though! Email us about that.

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Veve Pendants We'd Like To Make

lf you would like one of these veves, or you have a veve you would like us to make, email us. UPDATE: we've made Damballah and Baron Samedi now! Pix and prices coming soon.

Erzulie Freda

Erzulie Loa of Love

This is the veve for Erzulie in her form as the Loa of Love

Baron Samedi

Baron Samedi

Baron Samedi the Orisha of the Graveyards, the great voodoo Lord of Death

Ayizan

Ayizan

 

Ayizan is the loa of the marketplace and commerce. She is a Mambo, a great priestess.

Obatala

 

Obatala

 

Obatala, also known as Olorun and Olodumare, is the Supreme Being, the Light of Consciousness, the White God.

What Are Veves?

Veves are amulets dedicated to the various powers and attributes of the African Diaspora religions, commonly known as Voodoo. The 'African Diaspora' refers to the forced enslavement of Africans from primarily Western and Central Africa, to the Caribbean, North and South America by Arab, English, and American slavers. Even Africans enslaved and sold other Africans.

These Africans took their spiritual beliefs with them, many times "hiding" them in Christianity to avoid being found out, but sometimes because they discovered a similarity between the gods (loa, orixa) of their religions and Christian myths and saints. The similarity is so striking in many cases that we suspect that the African religions are the primary precursors of Judeo-Christianity.

Voodoo is a powerful and vibrant force to this day. Veves are used in most of the African Diaspora religions, including Santeria, Palo Mayombe, Macumbe, Quimbanda, and others. The veve allows the wearer to access the god's power and is really a spell designed to actualize a magickal intention.

The designs on this page are just a sample of the many veves we can make. We do believe you should have some experience with the loa before you wear veves, although this experience can be by personl revelation. It does not need to be mediated by priests. These religions are widely practiced and, we caution you, the loa are very, very powerful! We are continuously adding to this line as customers ask for particular veves. So keep checking back or tell us what you'd like to have made.