Damballa also spelled Damballah (Haitian Creole: Danbala) is one of the most important of all the loa, spirits in the Haitian Vodou and Louisiana Voodoo traditions. Damballa is believed to be the Sky Father and the primordial creator of all life. He rules the mind, intellect, and cosmic equilibrium. White rum is sacred to him. Damballa, as the serpent spirit and The Great Master, created the cosmos by using his 7,000 coils to form the stars and the planets in the heavens and to shape the hills and valleys on earth. By shedding the serpent skin, Damballa created all the waters on the earth.[1] Damballa is syncretized with either Saint Patrick, Christ the Redeemer, Our Lady of Mercy, or Moses.[2]

Veve for Damballa and Ayida-Weddo
Venerated inHaitian Vodou, Folk Catholicism

Damballa's wife is Ayida-Weddo, and Erzulie Freda is his concubine.[3]

See also


  1. Perrault, Alix. "Vodou and the Loas". The Vodou Element. Archived from the original on 2014-11-07.
  2. Old Testament, Book of Exodus 4:1-17
  3. Leah Gordon (1985), page 62 The Book of Vodou, Barron's Educational Series ISBN 978-0-7641-5249-8.
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