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Damballah is pronounced "dahm Baa lah".

Damballah is the serpent spirit, is the eldest god and chief of the Lwa. He promotes wisdom, inner strength, peace and sanctity.

Damballah is the ancient, venerable father; so ancient as to belong to a world before troubles began. Damballah's presence brings peace. He is the patron of the waters of the heavens, and of the springs and waters. The symbolic father of the Lwa, Damballah  represents the ancestral knowledge that forms the foundation of vodou. With his wife, Aida-Wedo, he also represents fertility and new life. Haitians call him Bon Dieu ("good god"). He is the image of benevolent, paternal innocence. He comes as a snake, plunging at once into the basin of water which is prepared for him, and then writhes upon the ground.

Damballah and  Aida Wedo, are often shown as two snakes who look as if they were diving into the sink and by a rainbow. He is the bringer of rain; this is a necessity for good crops. People possessed by him dart their tongues in and out, slither along the ground, and climb trees, or roof beams, falling like a boa. He is known to whistle because he has no speech.

His special day is Thursday, and his favorite tree is the bougainvillea. White is his color. He is in charge of white metal (silver) and must be fed white food and drink. He grants riches and allows treasures to be discovered. Damballah sustains the world and prevents it from disintegrating. Damballah and Aida Wedo, represent human sexuality.

His offerings include:  white foods, like milk, flour, rice and eggs.  White chickens and eggs are sacrificed to him. 

His symbol is the great serpent, often portrayed as a snake.

The Saints he is associated with are Moses and St. Patrick.


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