Nowadays it is enough to display a vèvè to indicate a link to Vodoun
culture. Ironically this sacred writing was not meant for
A vèvé is impermanent : it is made of powder, drawn horizontally from
the pinched fingers of a skilled practitionner standing spread legged, meant
for a specific spirit invoked during a specific ceremony. Having served its
purpose, it is erased without a thought by the succeding dancers.
It is the "access code" of a specific lwa and, more than its
purported artistic qualities, what makes a good vèvè are the minute
details that are a true language to the initiated. Yet this science is in
To simply copy a vèvè from a book or a website,
including this one, discourages the traditional art of vèvè tracing.
This why we tried not to simply copy vèvès made of powder. We can all
draw inspiration from this rich body of signs without forgetting that the
true ritual meaning of a vèvè is to be drawn flat on the ground by a
practionner that has received the tradition in a oumfo..
- Click on any vèvè and you'll see a larger image
- Click on the Lwa name and you'll see more details
on his family, langay, colors etc.