The Loa are spirits of Haitian Vodou and Louisiana Voodoo. Unlike Catholic saints or angels, they are not prayed to but are served. They are distinct in their own personalities, sacred rhythms, ritual symbols, and special modes of service. The loa are not deities in and of themselves but are intermediaries that are dependent on a Bondye (the Creator) who is distant from the human world.
Papa Legba is the loa who serves as the intermediary between the loa and humanity. He stands at a spiritual crossroads, gives or denies permission to speak with the spirits. He is the first and last spirit invokes in any ceremony because his permission is needed to for communication between the loa and mortals.
Is a loa who is the patron of healers and plants, especially trees. He is the husband of loa Ayizan, and considered the first priest.
Is the loa of the marketplace and commerce. She is the wife of Loco and regarded as the first priestess. She is associated with priestly knowledge and mysteries, particularly those of initiation, and the natural world.
She is considered the patron of love and money. She is often considered extremely flirtatious, generous, and playful by her devotees. She is also very jealous of the worship of other female loas, as she considers herself able to provide for anything a person could request.
Is the Sky God and considered the creator of all life. He is very important in Voodoo culture and is closely associated with snakes. Symbols used to represent the Sky God include white cloth, owls, bones, ivory, cotton, and chameleons.
Is known as the rainbow serpent. She is the patron of fertility, rainbows, wind, water, fire, and snakes. Ayida-Weddo’s symbols are the rainbow and white paket kongo. Her ceremonial colors are white and blue. Appropriate offerings to her include white chickens, white eggs, rice, and milk. Her favorite plant is cotton