Monday, March 25, 2013



Subele que Subele, Subele que eh, Subele la sangre a Anaisa Pye.

Arise, o Arise, Arise o Arise.  Arise the blood of Anaisa Pye.


Salve O Gran AnaIsa Pye, Gran Cacica, India Mulatta, bella morena de mi devocion. Reina del cielo, abuela de la tierra y amable señora de las Aguas Dulces.

Con humildad y reverencia me rodillo, ante tu sagrado manto y santuario, y te ofresco este velon amarillo, ramo de flores, perfume, cigarillo y cervesa.  As que si el favor que te pido me pertenece, haclo en realidad.

Gloria sea tu Santisimo nombre, te pido en nombre de Sambia, Padre Nuestro Todopoderoso, que intercede e alcances en mi favor eso que hoy te pido, de tu divina piedad, y si lo que te pido no me favorese, y no sea para mi, saves que tu divino nombre lo alavare entre todos los Luases.  En nombre de Bon Dye, Gran Solier y Fa, Amen.


Hail, O Great Anaisa Pye, Great Queen and Chieftain , beautiful brown skinned mulatta of my devotion. Queen in Heaven, grandmother of the earth and lady of the sweat waters.

With humility, humbleness and reverence, I bow before your sacred shrine and offer you this yellow candle, bouquet of flowers, perfume,
 cigarette and beer. If the favor that I have come to ask, should be for me, then let it come to pass.

Glory be your Holy Name, I pray in the name of Sambia, Gran Bon Dye, that you may intercede and obtain that which I ask of you this day, and if what I ask is not in my favor, I shall still praise your divine name amongst and above all Lwa.  In the name of Bon Dye, Gran Solier and Fa, Amen.

Anaisa Pye is known as the Queen of the Seven Roads, she who spins seven times, and each turn is an avatar of the previous one.  She is the Lady of the seven altar egos and Lady of the seven split personalities, Lady of Seven Manifestations, Queen of the Seven Crossroads.  Each Lwa has avatars or paths, and behind that path, each path has their paths, there is no exception to the rule, especially when it comes to Metres Mambo Anaisa Pye.

Of the many vueltas, I "Sancista Luis" will be talking about in this article, I would like to start of with Anaisa Pye, pronounced Ah-Nah-Ee-Sah, Pee-Yeh.  Other variations of the spelling of her name are Anaisa Pie "Pee-Yeh", Ana Isapie and Ana Isa Pierre.

She is one of the most loved and most venerated Loa within 21 Division and Sanse, and for good reason, she is the Mistress of Love and all good things that life has to offer.  Each tradition although they have many similarities, views her in a different light. In both traditions she is the wife of Belie Belcan, although in 21 Division she is often synchronized with the young Mary who stands next to her grandmother, Santa Ana "Mama Ana Mambo", in Sanse "in many cases" it is Juana De Arco, that is used to represent Anaisa, and there is a reason for it in which I will go deeper as you read. But in both traditions, she is known as "la mujer del viejo Belie Belcan" and where ever there is one, the other is surely to follow, as these two Loases are inseparable. 

Although many think Anaisa is just a Rada Lwa, or an African Spirit, in all her vueltas she is not.  Many vueltas of Anaisa Pye are Native Loa, a Loa de la Raiz; a root Loa who resided in the Caribbean way before the Europeans came to the Americas, as well as a Petro Loa, and like Legba she is a Loa that manifests her energies in some form in every Division.

In the Taino language Anaisa can be broken down to "Ana" meaning Yellow or golden flower, "I" being that of Spirit, Ni being that of water, and Xa pronounced Chah, a loving nickname given to daughters, meaning little one. Many Taino women had the name Ana within their name or Iza as in the Dominican female Cacique Anacaona and the Puerto Rican Cacique Yuiza, both of whom are seen as vueltas of Anaisa within their respected traditions.  So the name in itself although roughly can be translated to, Little  Child of the Golden River Flower.

Anaisa is the Queen of love, feminine power, independence, strength, and laughter and personifies female beauty, flirtatiousness, sexuality, sexual allure, desire, joy, hearth, home, and family.  She is often misunderstood in the caballo she rides, and the banco she sits in as a harlot, prostitute, femme fatale or lady of the night, and although she often manifests her energies and uses her
feminine wiles in humans in a way that we may suggest or misunderstand her as such, she is so much more.  She personifies Female strength, endurance, the strength of family and the survival skills needed to endure in a harsh world that has often been claimed as a man's world, and at any costs necessary she will use her gifts and charms to get her way and get things done and survive.

Through out history Anaisa has manifested her ambiguous energy through her children and in human forms through out the world, she has manifested in the Biblical, Queen Jezebel, in Cleopatra, Mary Magdeline, Salome with her dance of the seven veils, the Prostitute who anointed Jesus feet with oils, perfumes and tears, as well as Marie Antonette; whom if any of these women were men would have gone down in History as a force to be reckoned with, and not as woman who did not know their place in a "Man's World".  She is the great female Caciques known as  Anacaona and Yuiza, whom for their people the Taino, lost their lives.  Men within history have tried to destroy, belittle, degrade or erase these powerful iconic historic females, but because of Anaisa and her close "but not the same" African counterpart Ochun, they have prevailed in the minds of the modern world both in male and female.

Feast Day July 26th

In 21 Division Anaisa Pye is always accompanied by her grandmother Matresse Mambo Ana, who is Saint Anne, while Anaisa is the young Mary.  In her Haitian vuelta Santa Ana is Mambo Lasaille and Anaisa is Mademoiselle Anais.  Anaisa Pye loves to dance and when she mounts her horses, she asks for her beer, anise liquor or champagne which she adds 7 drops of Colognia Pompeya, one of her favorite perfumes in which she also anoints herself from head to toe and then back up again with it.

Her drinks are always served in a champagne glass.  She asks for her lit cigarette and ask for her golden and yellow satin with lace pañuelo "fula", and loves her jewelry, perfumes, yellow floral arrangements, pink or amber honey, fresh milk and fragrant feminine talc powders. 

Her Servicios are always accompanied by yellow candles, anointed with virgin olive oil or a sweet smelling oil, or oil lanterns done in the same way.  She loves expensive yellow flowers, mirrors, make up, Spanish fans, and accessories.  In fiestas she is the life of the party, she is always cheerful, and full of laughter, especially when it comes to courting and flirting with men.  When she dances her influences is often felt by all those around her.

Feast Day May 30th.

In Puerto Rican Sanse Anaisa Pyé is synchronized with Juan De Arco who has her own vueltas known as Anaisa la Pequeñita, Anaisa la Chiquitita and Tita or Titi Juana Pyè  " Ti Yuana Pyè  or Pequeñita Juana Pier ", whom the latter is actually viewed by some as a younger sister of Anaisa Pye.

Titi / Ti Yuana Pyè is believed by many to be a young Bruja "Witch" but in actuality she is that and so much more, she is also a great Medium, and in life was believed to be an Espiritista Mediamnidad de Mano Derecha and Presidente de Mesa.

Like Juana de Arco who received messages from San Miguel, Santa Margarita and Santa Caterina, in Sanse Anaisa la Chiquitita / Ti Yuana Pyè  is a muertera / Espiritista who brings visions, prophesies and premonitions.

She walks in Centros Espiritistas de la Mesa Blanca Criolla and Folclorica pouring her facultades and corrientes espirituales.  Like Anaisa Pyè, Ti Yuana Pyè is always surrounded by Belie Belcan and works with him under the Ogun, the Macole and Fuego Division, but she is also an India who works Agua Dulce and is a great curandera, yerbera and or a santiguadora who heals those in battle with the tools Ogoun has given her, thus she also works closely with Ogun Balendjo. As a Santiaguadora and Curandera she helps to heal psychic attacks and helps give strength and endurance in psychic warfare.  She helps Curanderas and Santiguadores, in cleansing the aura of any astral larvae, etheric parasites, removing the negative energies of psychic vampires, and cleanses the auric layer of Empaths, she aids in cleansing the body of filth and dirt that the individual may pick up.  She often cleanses with spiritual waters, oils, perfumes and seven drops of Pompeya Cologne, which to it is added a yellow, white or orange lily flower with a miniature golden metal sword to represent both Belie Belcan and Ogou Balendjo.  Her colors are gold, red and blue, and while she is very feminine, she also has a Marimacha aspect to her because she is a fighter who does not get intimidated very easily.  Often to those who serve her, her image is placed alongside San Miguel and Santa Ana; San Miguel is always placed in the center.


Although seven are the most widely known Vueltas, and the most that manifest within Fiestas Espirituales, Anaisa Pye is the first to say she only has seven, but this of course is known by her servitors as "a little white lie", and is a way for her to protect her identity and that of her children's Cuadro Espiritual from others.  Anaisa has many vueltas although 7 are the main ones and she is one of the few Lwa who has a vuelta in almost every Division, and is one of the few Metresa Loa who can be around the Ghuede, including her close friend, rival and comadre, Metres Lubana "Mama Chimbi / Santa Marta La Dominadora".  But no matter what vuelta she chooses to manifest herself as, and only the true servitors know her name, she will often proclaim.  "Bonswa yo soy Anaisa Pye!, or Las Buenas Noches Criollos, yo soy Anaisa Pye.". Anaisa often comes as the wife or maiden, but it is not unheard of that she comes as Aracoel ancient Grand Mother, I'naru' the ripe Woman or Nana the maiden Girl child.

Anaisa Pye Basico as she is known in the Dominican Republic.  Anaisa Pye in one of her eldest of vueltas and is the one that is most widely known and venerated.  She as most of her vueltas is a woman of Indigenous blood, or a mix of Indigenous and African or Indigenous and European.  But as Anaisa, this Metresa Lwa, pertains to the Indian Division, or the Agua Dulce Division, and is one of the few of that Division who enjoys her liquor, especially golden beer, anisette liquor or sweet champagne.  In this aspect she is the Golden flower, the Lady of the Sun Flower, lady of the lake and stream, who enjoys her pumpkins, honey, Cinnamon, mimosas, lirios, girasoles and golden silks.  Anaisa Pye in this vuelta as in most works the element of water, while Belie Belcan works the elements of air and fire and does not work water.  In this vuelta Anaisa works for him in all travajos espirituales involving Belie Belcan and water.

It is this Anaisa and her mother Sili Freda "Metresili" who are often mistaken with the African Orisha known as Ochun, but Anaisa does have a separate vuelta who is more closely associated with Ochun, known as Cachita Tumbo. 

Cachita Tumbo although a vuelta of Anaisa, is an ancient Taino River Spirit, known as Coatrisque.  In this aspect she is a great lover, but also a dangerous advisory as she not only governs over the rivers, but also floods, which devours and envelopes anything in her path, it is this vuelta that is the closest in association to the African Orisha Ochun, as the name Cachita is used for Ochun and both are synchronized with La Caridad del Cobre.  The name Cachita is said to come from the Taino word Cacica, meaning Female Chief.

Anaisso is her Haitian Vuelta and pertains to the Petro Division.  She is a powerful Mambo who works her wangas and bilongos by the river, and speaks a mix dialect of Haitian Kreyol and Dominican, she is both Patua and Cibao.  In this aspect she dresses in Gold and Black.

Anaisa Guine Luá is a Lwa Mambo who has most of her blood in Africa.  In this vuelta Anaisa Guine Luá is very stern, always serious and very austere, unlike most of her vueltas which are happy, flirtatious and light hearted.  In this older "Aracoel Grand mother"
more mature vuelta, she dresses in amber, gold, yellow and white. 

Coronela Anaisa La Fronte, is a great Nitaino warrior Loa, that pertains to the Ogun Division.  This is her least feminine aspect, and is a mighty warrior who fights alongside Belie Belcan and uses his colors, Red, Green and Blue.  In this vuelta she is a militant warrior, and has much masculine qualities, which is so unlike the rest of her vueltas who are more feminine.  Often this vuelta is viewed as a Lezbian, as she fights alongside male loa and completely ignores flirting or courting with men.  She fights with her Machetes or swords which is often tied with the colors associated with Belie Belcan. 

Anaisa la Gaga is the vuelta that works under the Division Lebane and works closely with Papa Legba.  In this vuelta she loves to dance and twirl, and speakes in studders, as every time she turns another vuelta or spirit of Anaisa manifests.

Anaisa Apie Sauco, Ana Isapie Sauco orAnaisa Oko sister of "Azaka" Saka de Pye, she often works close with Anaisa la Gaga, and blesses all with the fruites of their labor, by opening the doors of better buisness.  She is the buisness woman, lady of the marketplace, hardest worker of the vueltas, and often works with Gran Bua, Osanj, and sends Belie Belcan to bless those who work hard and toil the earth.  She is also a great yerbera, curandera and santiguadora, who prepares sobos with her herbs, roots, perfumes and cleanses and heals those that come to her. She is the ancient Indian Wise woman, both female I'naru' Behique and I'naru Bohitu "  Female Taino Priestess and Shaman" who works with Gran Bua, Gran Bosque, and Osanje, and all the elementals and Loases of the forests and knows the healing and medical properties of every herb.  She is also a great story teller, and enjoys an Arieto party done in old Taino and Arawaque fashion.  Although in this vuelta she lives in the deep woods or swamp lands away from society, she is always willing to heal those that seach her ancient wisdom. 

Anaisa Similó:
In this aspect she is la Nana who mourns.and suffers the atrosity done to the Taino people.  She morns the deaths of her children and husbands, the Nitaino Warriors and Naboria to the mistreament, diseases, rape, kidnapping and enslavement brought on to her home land.  She is ofren seen manifesting in areas where many of her people lost their lives, and she is a Muertera gathering their souls in her motherly embrace.  In this aspect she dresses in royal purple, black and gold trims. 

Nena Anaisa La Chiquita is one of the youngest vueltas of Anaisa, and she pertains to the Marasa.  She enjoys sweets, chocolates, and enjoys everything that is feminine.  It is this vuelta who is associated with the young Mary next to Santa Ana and she is also known as Ana Maria Chica and one of the most innocent of Anaisa vueltas who enjoys the simplicity of flowers and sweetness of sugar cane, but with a simple turn of her dance can become mature and sexual.

The relationship of Anaisa and her parents Ogun Balendjo and Metresili "Metres Mambo Esili Freda Daome" in this vuelta is a rocky one.  She was raised by Maîtresse Erzulie, her grandmother "Santa Ana".  In this vuelta she does not get along well with her mother Metresili "Erzulie Freda / Metres Mambo Esili Freda Daome", as Metresili does not approve of her daughters tactics and relationship with her husband.  Often Anaisa Pye flirts with her father Ogun Balendjo who did not raise her; she does this so that she can get what ever she wants from her father, who spoils her.  Metresili also does not approve of the relationship Anaisa holds with her father, as she often backs him to a wall to get that which she desires.   Ogun Balendjo loves his daughter deeply, and feels a some what remose for not raising her, that he gives her all she desires.

Anaisa Dantó Pier This is the fierce niece / daughter of Ersulie Dantor, and like her aunt / mother she is a fierce Petro Loa.  She is strong, aggressive, and often argumentative, who is viewed as spoiled, arrogant and throws tantrums in mammoth proportions, which Dantor instilled to spite Sili Freda, "Anaisa's birth mother".  In this vuelta she comes under the Petro and Guede, and is a very fierce aggressive Loa.

Anaisa Sangriñé is a Petro vuelta of Anaisa who enjoys a party and enjoys to drink beer and sangria, but with the more she consumes liquor the more violent and dangerous she can be.  She is of brute force, who loves to dance and laugh but if offended she will begin to cry like her mother Metresili "Ersili Freda" and will become defensive and often violent.  In this vuelta she dresses in red, yellow and gold.

Mademoiselle Anaís or Anaisa la Haitiana Is the youngest daughter of Metresili, and often is the mouthpiece of her mother as she always speaks for her, since she knows the will and desires of her mother.  Although Mademoiselle Anaís is one of the youngest of her vueltas, in this punto she is very feminine, independent,  sensual, flirty, coquettish and statuesque.  Yellow and gold sequined dresses with glitter is her favorite clothing and she often wears heavy makeup, high heels, lots of jewelry, fans, and mirrors, she enjoys her cigarettes and drinks champagne with a hint of pompeya perfume. In this vuelta, Mademoiselle Anaís refuses beer, and besides her champagne enjoys Aguardiente, Brandy, Absinthe, Anisette, and Sambucca.

There is a story that says that Anaisa was conceived in Africa, but born in Aiti /Quisqueya.  Her mother Metresili and her father Ogun Balendjo tried to raise her, but they had their hands full as the suffering of their people in the New World had them very occupied.  At age 3 Metresili brought young Anaisa Pye to a Catholic monastery, and left her there with a nun, who was to raise and care for Anaisa until she reached adulthood.  Unknown to Metresili the nun was actually her mother Gran Sili who transformed herself into a white Spanish nun.  Gran Sili raised Anaisa until she was 13.  At this age Anaisa wanted her freedom and became the Loa she is today.

La Gran Madre Anaisa or Anaisa La Grande is a vuelta of Gran Maîtresse Erzulie, who is also known as Ana Mambo Pye or Ana Mandro Piel, she is the one sinchrenized with Santa Ana.  La Gran Madre Anaisa is the Indian Punto of the Rada Loa Gran Maîtresse Erzulie, mother of Ersili Freda "Metresili" and Ersili Dantor, and as the other is loving, wise, benevolent, a wise counselor and a sage woman who is as wise and as immortal as time itself.  Her colors in this vuelta are soft pink, yellows and white, and is a Loa of cleanliness and order.  It is she who as a loving grandmother raised Anaisa, child of Ersili Freda "Metresili".

Ana Mandro Piel, or Matresse Mambo Ana, this vuelta of Anaisa is the mother of all the vueltas of the Metresas, and she is mature, wise, ancient, benevolent, and has become like her daughter Metresili, Erzulie Freda.

Anaisa La Rada is the Spanish name and vuelta of La Gran Madre Anaisa and Gran Maîtresse Erzulie, mother of Erzulie Freda "Metresili" and Erzulie Dantor.  She is a highly venerated Punto of Anaisa, and is the Mother of authority.  The great mistress, priestess loa, she sits in the council of the highest of Rada Loa. 

Olufero or Elefuro, is Anaisa in her ancient Arara Rada Yoruba Orisha Queen vuelta that never mounts a human head for she is a primordial Imole "Irunmole", and is closely associated to Dambala and a path of Obatala.  In this aspect she governs over the sweet scented oils, sweet waters and will not take perfumes but pure fragrant essential oils, she also loves silver combs, mirrors and black dolls dressed in Gold and White.

Anaisa la Conga is the vuelta who is a powerful Palera and is closely associated to Mama Chola Wengue, and Bombozira of Congolese, Bantu and Arawaque Origin.  Like many of her puntos or vueltas, Anaisa La Conga is not to be called on lightly and unless one is her child and pertains to her mysteries. She is a wealthy Loa, who is often arrogant tempermental and bitter when crossed the wrong way.  She works under the Petro Loa and is close to  Legba Carifou, and loves a great Palo Fiesta, in which she asks for an offering of a Calf and much beer.  Anaisa la Conga dresses in gold, black, amber, brown, red and yellow.  Like her mother Metresili she wears much jewelry and a ring on every finger.  But don't expect this vuelta to come weeping, she fills the area with laughter, but curses and punishes those that do not meet her lavish demands.  In this vuelta she is similar to the Brazilian Pomba Gira of the Umbanda tradition and also resides in the crossroads with Legba Carifou, and the Congolese Lucero Mundo, Pambu Nzila, which is her Consort.

Anaisa Guedé is the Punto of Anaisa in Guede the great comadre of Marta la Bruja, and rival of la Baronesa, as she often flirts with el Baron del Cementerio.  She is a great muertera in this vuelta and works closely and under el Baron del Cementerio and Guede Limbo.  Her colors hear are purple, pink and gold, and is a guedesa whose pranks and mannerism rival that of Luis Ghede. 

Anaisa Guedé works strong wangas with el Baron del Cementerio, and often flirts with him so that he may teach her his mysteries and secrets.  This she does by wearing lots of perfume, wearing red and hot pink dresses, and using her fans and honey to provoke the Baron.  She is also a master in the arts of flirtimg with the Spanish fan, and dips her fingers in her jiguera of pink honey to entice him.  In part Anaisa does so to learn his secrets as much as she does this to aggravate her rival La Baronesa who is the Queen of the Cemetery, and has little tolerance for Anaisa's ways.  These two Metresa do not get along, and are never in the same room together, as Anaisa always tests La Baronesa's patience and provokes a fight, in which she then runs to el Baron, proclaiming to be the victim of La Baronesa's wrath.

Papa Guedé Limbo and Anaisa Guedé's relationship is that of a sibling rivalry relationship, often that of an older brother and the intolerant younger sister.  They often disagree, fight, bicker, and are often competitive.  But this compairs little to Anaisa's relationship with the other Ghede, especially Luis Guedé.  Now while most Meteresas retreat and leave as soon as the foul acting Ghuede "Guedé" come along.  Anaisa Guedé takes it upon herself to provoke them.  She dislikes their profanity, and calls them dirty, as she pours beer, champagne or even perfume on them, to remove the stench of rotting flesh.   

Anaisa Fé Grigri or Fe Gri Gri In this vuelta Anaisa is the Gypsi, similar to that of Pomba Gira Cigana in the Umbanda Tradition.  She dances in twirls like a belly dancer or flamenco and spins in spirals and is the feminine aspect of Lucero Mundo.  She is the great Gypsi Witch who prepares potions and concoctions, and fortells the future with Tarot, Spanish Fortune Telling Cards, Dice, Crystal Balls, Palmistry, tea leaves and even cigars.  She is the great maker of charms, talismans and amulets, and although she is a little older than many of the Vueltas, she is still beautiful, exotic, flirtatious and coquettish, who is never without her Spanish Fan made out of peacock feathers or lace.  In this vuelta she dresses in Black and Red or Gold and Black.

Anaisó La Pé Mandé.  When William Congreve, wrote the famouse line in, The Mourning Bride, 1697. " Heaven has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turned, Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorned."  If he was not talking about this vuelta of Anaisa, he should have been.  Anaisó La Pé Mandé, is another Punto Petro of Anaisa Pye, who is as dangerous and savage as an encaged beast. She is the India of the Amazon Rain forest who runs free and wild as a leapard or tigress and is as wild and as dangerous.  But also morns the murder, rape, and atrocities done to her people.  When not angered Anaisó La Pé Mandé is an indomitable rebel, yet authoritative and perfectionist, who like almost all her vueltas loves to dance Palo music.  She enjoys her yellow scarves and tiger or leopard prints.

Anaisa Candelo Pye is the comadre of Candelo and Candelina, and spiritual godmother of Candelito.  (Candelito's spiritual godfather is Belie Belcan.). She is the daughter of Ogou Chango known as Anaina or Chango Aiña. In this vuelta she dresses in Gold, white and Red, and is a very passionate Misterio and great lover, guardian, protector and teacher of orphaned children.
Anaisa is very close to her compadre / padrino, Candelo Cedife, and although Anaisa is a very liberated Loa, always flirtacious she is always on her best behavior when she is near Candelo, who is Belie Belcan's closest of friends.  Anaisa and Candelo's relationship is that of a love hate relationship, although each hold a mutual respect for one another for the sake of Belie Belcan, and of course his piece of mind.  Often Candelo scolds or chastisises Anaisa for her flirtarious ways, but Anaisa knows all the mysteries of charming both men and spirit, and she does the same with Candelo Cedife, who has a soft spot for her.  Unlike her love hate relationship with Mama Chimbi / Metres Lubana / Santa Marta La Dominadora and other Metresas, Anaisa Pye adores Candelina, as she is said to be the godmother of Candelito.

In this vuelta Anaisa Candelo Pye works alongside Candelina Cedife and is the vuelta to Chango's daughter of fire Anaina "Aiňa", who are both guardians of the souls of women who where burned alive in the steak and fire.  She embodies both the heat of passion, fire itself, and the lakes of fire.

Anaisó Simbí Pye is the Mistress of the fresh waters, she is an Undine water nymph.  In this vuelta she is a powerful witch, and river snakes and anacondas are her messengers.  But although she resides in sweet waters, she is just as comfortable in ocean water surrounded by La Sirena, Ague Taroyo and all the spirits and courts of the sea, who spoil her with all the lost treasures of the sea.  She dresses in golds, aqua, and pink, in honor of all the Divisions that she is close to.

Besides Candelina one of the few Metresas to get along with Anaisa is Mama Chimbi / Lubana Filomina "Santa Marta la Dominadora". Their relationship is often playful and competitive, but at times can get a bit over bearing.  When it comes to handsome new lobo or servidor, both fight for the head like.two venemous vipers, in a battle that usually last the individuals entire life, as both are often to arrogant and self absorbed to give in.  When they are not bickering over a male, they often work Wangas together especially those of dominating a lover.  In this vuelta the serpents she works "in acts of love or lust" is the male sperm and the female ovum egg. 

Anaisa Limina, she is the one of the threshold, between life and death, and in this vuelta she is closely associated with the Bendita Anima Solas.

AnaIsa de las 7 Vueltas, this is a gypsy who dances in Flamenco Duende fashion, with her Spanish skirt of seven ruffles, and enjoys lots of jewelry, hair combs, perfumes and consults by reading palms or looking into the palm of her right hand "which is a mirror' as she consults others.  She is unpredictable, and like a Sybil is a prophet or oracle, you never know what mood you are gonna get as it changes quickly.  She enjoys fans, and lace Spanish combs and mantillas.

Ay Belie Ay Belie dile a Anaisa Pye, que suba que yo la quiero ver.  Ay Belie, Ay Belie dile a Anaisa Pye que suba que la quiero ver.

Yo voy pa la fiesta, yo voy pal cibao, que te pasa mi negra que no te ha montao.  Yo voy pa la fiesta, yo voy pal cibao que te pasa mi nena que no te montao.

Ay Belie, Ay Belie, dile a Anaisa Pye que suba, que yo la quiero ver. Ay Belie, Ay Belie dile a Anaisa Pye que suba que yo la quiero ver.

Oyeme mi hermano que yo me quiero ir, donde esta Belie yo no lo veo aqui.  Oyeme mi hermano, que yo me quiero ir, donde esta Belie yo no lo veo aqui.

Ay Belie, Ay Belie, dile a Anaisa Pye, que suba, que la quiero ver.
Que suba, que suba Anaisa. Que suba, que suba. Ay Belie. Que suba, que suba Anaisa. Que suba que suba Ay Belie Que suba que suba Anaisa. Que suba que suba Ay Belie, que suba Anaisa Pye, que con sus siete vueltas yo puedo vencer


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Wednesday, March 6, 2013


/ Pañuelos, Fulas


These are beautiful Ceremonial Clothes or Kerchiefs which are used in Vodou, Voodoo, 21 Divisions and Sanse.  Inspired by the exquisite Sequined Vodou Flags of Haiti, which run in the 200.00 price range, but are well worth it.  These are a simplified version of the Haitian Flags and the ones more so used in Sance and 21 Divisiones.

They are hand made by me, who has never taken a sowing class in his life, and must have been inspired and blessed by Cachita Tumbo.  I have been Baptised in Puerto Rican Sanse for 11 years and Baptised and under gone Vudu ceremonies Dominicano, also known as 21 Divisiones for around 10. 

Each of the Ceremonial Clothes, which are called Paños Ceremoniales, Pańuelos or Fulas measure around 25x24 inches and are made with cotton and at times trimmed with silk, and come in the traditional colors of the Lwa with the sacred Veve or Firma on the front.

I have tried to make these as affordable as I possibly could, each one is 21.00 which covers materials and shipping.  Each one cost 21.00, which includes shipping and handling.  The ones that you see pictured hear are my personal Paños and I will begin to make, and bless your Paño when payment is received, so please allow 2 weeks to ship, as they will be hand sewn and made specifically for you, and if you so wish, I will bless and consecrate them in your name at the Altars, under the Lwa / Misterio in which the Paño is made for.  

Paños or Fulas are traditionally used to dress and decorate altars, given to the Lwa when they make their presence in Fiestas or can be used as Spiritual flags or hung as banners on the wall in your altar room.  Or can be used with Servicio offerings to the Lwa, and used to memorize the Firma or Veve of the Misterio Lwa in which it is intended for.

Each ceremonial cloth reproduces the central Vevè to facilitate the tracing of the Puntos Firmados / Firmas "Veves" with cascarilla or corn meal on the ground during rituals, ceremonies and fiestas. The colors are the traditional colors used in Puerto Rican Sance and Dominican Vudu de la 21 Divisiones.

At the moment all payment must be made through United States Money Orders, and If interested please contact me first at and I will give you further information.  As soon as Money Order is received, I will personally contact you and begin making the Paño and then bless it.  Again please allow 2 weeks to ship, as they are hand made to order.  When the Paño is done, I will again contact you through email to let you know it has been shipped.


 To open the doors, clear the way, remove barriers and obstacles in life.

For work opportunities, healing and protection from accidents and in battle.

Marta La Dominadora.
 Protection from enemies, dominating life's problems and inner demons.

For peace and justice in all things.  Protection from Occult enemies and ones inner demons

Helps us connect with the Ghede Dead, and protects us from lower demons and ghosts.

Virility, good health and vitality. Will protects from fires, lightning and storms.

Great Mistress of the Lwa, she promotes fertility, abundance and calms your sorrows.

Strength and Courage, she facilitates changes in life and helps you fight your battles.

Mistress of all loves and passion. Brings abundance but remember that abundance is in the sharing!

For Motherhood, protection of children, fertility and abundance.


75% of the procedes will go to a single mother and her three children who are close to me, and I am the Godfather of one of her children, and I prayed to the Spirits to help me come up with a way to help her, and this is what they told me to do and the rest of the procedes will go into purchasing more material to continue making more Paños.

May Buen Dios and Los Loa Santos and every ones Corrientes Bless you, profoundly
Sancista Brujo Luis

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Sunday, March 3, 2013



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1. Division Legba "Leguas"
"Levanes' "Lebanes'
2. Division Del Fuego / Del Monte Ogunes
3. Division Ghede / del Cementerio
4. Division del Fuego / Candelos
5. Division Belcanes
6. Division Metresas 
7. Division de Agua Dulce / Indios
8. Division Solieres / Soler
9. Division Prieto / Petro / Negra / Morena
10. Division Simbises 
11. Division Centinelas
12. Division Guineas
13. Division Madamas
14. Division Niños
15. Division Orientales
16. Division Potencias
17. Division Magos / Nagos
18. Division Yanes
19. Division Jemelos
20. Division Cemises
21. Division Arabeses

Las 21 Divisiones Dominicanas

1) Leguas

2) Ogunes,
3) Rodas
4) Locos,
5) Guedes
6) Petros,
7) Simbis
8) Locomis,
9) Zombis
10) Indios
11) Nagos
12) Congos
13) Guines
14) Niñillos
15) Caes
16) Dangueles
17) Shuques
18) Piues
19) Difemayos
20) Petifones
21) Marasas.

Contrary to popular belief the first Africans to set foot on Puerto Rico or the Americas for that matter where free men.  In 1509.a West African free man who was the son of a Yoruba King and latter baptized Juan Garrido was an African Conquistador who worked under Juan Ponce de Leon, "Puerto Rico's first Governor" and was the first free African man to set foot on Puerto Rican soil almost 100 years prior to the first African slaves that came to the Continental United States, "Jamestown 1607".  Another free black man was the historical Pedro Mejías, who married the last Cacica Chief of Puerto Rico, Yuiza who like Pedro Mejias was baptized a Catholic and renamed Luisa in order for both to be legally wed under Spanish law. 

Like the Dominican Anacaona who makes up a part of the Agua Dulce Division, Yuiza was a Puerto Rican Cacica "Chief" who presently makes up a part of the Spirits venerated in Puerto Rican Sance.  The northern town of Luisa Aldea in Puerto Rico is named after this very important historical figure happened to be the last female Cacique Chief in the Caribbean.

Like many Spanish, French, Portuguese and latter English Colonies  the African enslaved people came from different societies and tribes, each having their own dialect, language and culture, but the slaves of Puerto Rico were mainly of the Yoruba, Igbos, Congo and Bantu.

Haitian Vodou or Voudun consists of 21 Nations or Nasyons of Lwa or what Dominicans call los Loases or Misterios de La 21 Divisiones  ( 21 Divisiones is also known as Budű or Vudű Dominicano.) This means that the Lwa come from 21 various tribes or Nations from West Africa, each having their own ancestral or village Orisha or Kimpungulu "Mpungo".  Although some claim its less others claim it is more.  It is historically proven that the African slaves brought to Cuba, Hispañola and Puerto Rico where from those that are numbered and listed below, which consist of what is known as the 21 Naciones, Nasyons or Nationes.

1. The Yoruba "Nago" 2. The Bantu, Bikongo Congo "Kongo"
3. The Foula
4. The Ewe
5. The Fon
6. Dahomey
7. Arara 'Arada, Arda"
8. Ibo Lele
9. Angola
10. Ogou
11. Ketu
12. Sango
13. Togo
14. Danwomen,
15. Mayonbe,
16. Wangol,
17. Makaya,
18. Bambara
19. Igbo
20. Ado
21. Hausa

This list can vary or change as the Mandingue "Mandinga", the Ashanti and other tribes were defenetly brought to the New World, that can also be a part of the Nations, but as I have described, in Puerto Rico alone the majority of the African slaves were from Yoruba, Congo, Bantu and Igbo which was estimated to be around 15,000 African slaves by the year 1555. 

The Vodou " Vodoun" 21 Naciones, " Nasyons or Nanchons  " or 21 Divisiones "Divisions is a formation of a group of Spirits and Divinities that come from a geographical point of origin or blood lineage.  Now in Haitian Vodou these 21 Nationes have been split into four groups, while in Dominican Vudu and Puerto Rican Sance, "also spelled Sanci or Sanse" they have been split into three. 

In Haitian Vodou you have generally Rada, Petwo, Ghede and Congo, and other sub divisiones that the Lwa may fall within, such as Anago. While in Dominican Vudu you have Division Blanca, Division Negra and Division India.  Each of these "3 Potencias" are represented in this form. 
1) Misterios deAlta Luz, Rada is ruled by Light 
and represent the Sun. 
 The Loases of this Division can also be broken down into other Sub Divisiones, and can pertain to other Divisions.   The word Rada comes from the Arara word for Light or Sun, which discribes the Lwa of this Division.  All though they are represented as Spirits of Aryan features, such as light skin, light eyes and blond hair.  What this really means is that the Rada Division or Division Blanca are Lwa of pure light, which speaks more of their auric layer than tone of humanly flesh. They are very benevolent, docile, wise, ancient, calm and sweet in nature. 

In our altars these Lwa are represented or synchrenized with images of Catholic Saints, but this is not always the rule of thumb, as Catholic imagery can and is often used in all Diviones.

2) Misterios de la Oscuridad, Petro
Petro is ruled by the Night and represent the light of the Moon.  This is the Division where one finds the Petro and Ghuede.  Again like the Rada, in this Division one will find sub divisiones or Lwa that are of Africa or Root Lwa that were born in the Americas.  Many of the Lwa found in this Division are those that are honored in Cuban Palo Monte, Palo Mayombe and Brazilian Quimbanda.  While the Rada Lwa are more docile, the Petro Lwa are more agresive, outspoken, fierce, and hot tempered in nature.  Many of these Lwa as I have mentioned are the fustrated energy of the Ancestors, who suffered bondage, or ridacule, and some can also be ancient Lwa from Africa, who became furotious with the mistreatment of their people.

3) Misterios de La Raiz, Division Agua Dulce
 This the root and represents the land, thus the earth.   Division Indio or Agua Dulce does not consist of Lwa from Africa, but the Spirits as honored and venerated by the Taino, and Arawak natives of the Caribbean and known as a group as Zemi or Cemi.

This Division for those that do not understand our traditions, would find it a bit confusing, but in all actuality is a simple Division to understand.  These Lwa are the Spirits of the Land, the Root Lwa, Loases de la Raiz or as they are called in Haitian Vodou, the Rasin Lwa.  This means that they are native of the land, native born, spirits of the earth or place in which one is currently in. 

Many of these Lwa are also the Mestizo, Mulatto or Sambo offspring or vuelta of a Rada, Petro and or Rasin Lwa, which spawned a new Spirit, or an ancient Taino Spirit "Zemi" who has adapted an African Lwa name, such as is the case with Erzulie Dantor and Cachita Tumbo which are both Root Lwa, and to make it a little bit more confusing, Erzulie Dantor also falls under the Petro Lwa and the Sance sub division of Lwa known as Metresas. Anaisa Pye is another root Lwa.

"Guabancex and Coatrisquie"

In Haitian Vodou this Division does not egsist as it does in Puerto Rican Sance and Dominican 21 Division; many of the Lwa in this Division, "Like Erzulie Dantor and Cachita Tumbo" are actually mixed into other Divisiones.

Many of the Lwa or Misterios in this Division can be found in Vodou, Sance and 21 Divisiones, while others are more local Lwa from the island and its Sociedades that honor them.    For excample many local Cacique, Caciquas and Bohique have in death reached Lwa statues, and each Island has their own. 

The Petro Lwa can also fall under la Raiz and under Rada, and most are clasified as Meztiso, Mulatto and Zambaggoa "Zambo /Sambo" Spirits.

1. Mestizo - white and native
2. Mulatto - white and black
3. Zambo - white, black and natives

The word Lwa in Spanish "Loase pronounced Loh Ah Seh or Loases" comes from the French word Loi prounounced L Wah, or the Haitian Kreyol word Lalwa or la lwa which mean, the Law.  Thus the Vodou Spirits embody the cosmic laws of creation.  The Lwa are also known as the Misterios or the Mysteries.


Many people in the Americas who follow an African religions and Spiritual traditions recognize the two most iconic images within our traditions, which are La Siete Potencia Africana ( Seven African Powers ), and the image used for La 21 Divisiones.  But unlike the 7 African Powers that often uses the name of the Orisha under its synchronized Catholic Saint, very rarely will one find this on the picture for the 21 Divisiones, which traditionally uses both the Catholic image and the Catholic name.

I would like to take this time on this article to use the name of the Lwa as it pertains to the traditional Dominican image of the 21 Divisiones with their Santos counterpart.  But before I go further, I need to clarify that there are more than 21 Lwa, just as their are more than 7 Orisha, in the Lukumi Pantheon.  Elders will often say there are 101, 201, 1001, or 2001, the number one at the end symbolizes infinite or that there are Lwa that we do not know of, as it is impossible for any human to know them all.

The iconic 21 Divisiones is the pantheon of Lwa that are highly venerated in the Dominican Republic.  They are the local and most loved and widly known Lwa of the Dominican Republic, and while Puerto Rican Sance recognizes these Lwa, many Lwa are known or venerated in the Dominican Republic that are not known in Puerto Rico and visa versa, the same can be said with Haitian Vodou and Louisiana Voodoo, as each has their own local Spirits.

Also in Sance many of the local Emisarios or Spirits of the Comisiones, that make up the Cuadro Espiritual, which is not worked in Dominican 21 Division are on their way of becoming Lwa, these spirits are known as Corrientes or Sance, and will one day become local Lwa Misterios.  Thus in part why in Sance they have their own sub Division, known more as Comisiones, which are Spirits that make up one's spiritual frame, and one day will be Lwa. Similiar cocepts can be found in American Voodoo.  For instance, Marie Lavou, Black Hawk and Dr John are but a few historical American figures who are on their way of becoming Lwa; at least in the New Orleans Voodoo traditiones.

1.Klemezin Klemey / La Señorita Metresa Clarabel 
= Santa Clara
2.Ogun Balendjo = San Santiago Matamoros
3.Anaisa Pye = Santa Ana con la Niña Maria
4.Belie Belcan = San Miguel
5. Metresili = Nuestra Señora Dolorosa
6. Ghuede Limbo = San Expedito
7. Ogun Badagris = San Jorge
8. Gunguna = Santa Elena
9. Soley =  San Nicolas del Sol
10.  Baron Cementerio / Baron Sabalo 
= San Elias del Monte Caramelo
11.  Papa Legba = San Antonio de Padua
12.  Luis Guede = San Luis Gonzaga
13. La Marasa = San Cosmos y San Damian
14. Gran Torolisa = Jesus de la Buena Esperanza
15. Lubanna Filomena = Santa Marta la Dominadora
16. Papa Candelo = image of himself, traditionally 
or San Carlos Borromeo
17. Agalla Dulce
18. Gran Cacique
19.. Ersili Danto Pye = Santa Barbara Africana /
20. Tindjo Alawe = San Rafael
21. Bondye = Papa Buen Dios el Todopoderoso

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1)  División Legbá or Division Leguas : 
 The ancient elder, and young Loases  Lords of the pathways, communication, guardians, gatekeepers and messengers of the Misterios.  Although the Legba have their own Division they pertain to every other, for without them, the doors between the Spiritual, Astral and Material plane could not be opened or closed.  Nothing is done without first egknowlowding Legba, may it be by a prayer, the tapping three times on the altar or ritualistic dance and gestures with the ritual rattle and the Jarro Divisional. The Jefe "Chief' is Papa Legba also known in Africa as Legbara.  He is not the eldest, nor the youngest, but surely one of the wisest of his Division.  In this Division one finds Legbá Carfú, Legbá Atibón, Leguasito, Rosita Legba and countless other Legbas.  Their color is often brown with another color to distinquish the Lwa.

Yoruba tradition states that when God "Olodumare" fell ill, all the Orisha tried to find a remedy for that which ailed him, but it was only Elegbara who found the remedy, thus Olodumare blessed him with having the abilities to be in all areas at once.   Another legend states that when Nzambi Bondye created the universe he left Legba in charge of planet earth, so that he "God" may rest.  Papa Legba with the help of Papa Ogun and other Loases helped to create the foundation of what would be life on earth.   

2)  División del Fuego / del Monte or Division Ogunes: 
The Jefe Chief is Ogun Balendjo, eldest son of Papa Ogun.  Unlike Papa Ogun who is often distant from humans, Ogun Balendjo and his brothers have a close relationship with life on earth and its ever growth in tecnology.  The Ogun answer to no other Lwa or humans for that matter but Legba who they have the greatest respect, in which they abandon their weapons, spears and military supplies and become the great leaders.  Where Legba opens the pathways, Ogun leads and clears the path and comes to heal and console.

Many of the Ogun dress in Blue, although Green and Red is also used, and ofren are seen riding their trusted White stallions.  There are many Lwa in this division, such as Ogun Balendjo, Ogún Badagrí, Ogún Batalá, Ogún Fegallo, Ogún Negué, Ogún Panamá and Ogun Ansú. But many who pertain to this Division do not carry the name Ogun such as Osanj and the sub division of Gran Bwa as well as other Lwa that do not carry the Ogun sername.

Ogun's importance is retold in the story of when Bondye gave the keys of the earth to Legba.  Legba quickly went to Ogun. Legba commisioned him to carve the roads through the ruff turain and jungles that had been the earth at the time.   Ogun was the only Lwa with the proper wisdom and knolwedge of human evolution and he taught them "humans" the art of making tools and the implements nesessery for the evolution of the earth.  He quickly won favor in Bondye's eyes who comisioned him as King amongst the other Lwa, but Ogun refused, when he saw the greed and power humans had and how they used and manipulated his implements for war and strife, that Ogun refused the position and went to live in the deepest of jungles.  Although he presides till this day in the deepest of woods it is because of Ogun that humans learned the art of tools, war, healing and tecnology .

( The first cells on earth feed of amino acids and grew on iron, and that Lightning might have helped create the key building blocks of life on Earth ....  Ok this is not a science class, you get the picture...)

3) División Radá, Division Rodas,

División del Aire or Division Blanca: 
 In Dominican Vudu known as La 21 Divisiones, the Jefe to this Division is Pié Pier Basicó or Ferraille Adogan Piel,  Papa Pie Anciano, who is synchenized with San Simon Pedro or San Marcos de Leon who is an ancient Ogun Lwa of Fire. In this Division one finds the highly elevated Lwa of the skies and air element, such as Belié Belcán Toné (who happens to be an Ogun.) Dambala, Papa Legba, Papa Loko, Papa Sobo, La Sirena Yemalla, Gran Ersili, Erzulie Freda, Agwe, Gran Halouba, Klemezin, and Filomez to name a few. Many dress in white with another color to distinguish the Lwa.

The Rada Lwa are the ancient Spirits of Africa, and every culture that came from Africa, "every single one" their Spirits, and Deities are the spawn and children of the Rada, who are as ancient as they are wise and benevolent.

When Buen Dios created the universe he came to an area we now call earth, and through his will he called on Da, and Da with his coils formed the earth.  Da with his coils formed the hills and the valleys, he formed the trees and he formed the jungles.  Then Buen Dios knew it was good, that he lit the earth by day with the sun and the night with the moon and stars "Mawu - Lisa".  Then from Da's golden coils deceanded the first Premordials, who forged metal, created volcanoes, the vast seas, lakes, streams and ponds.  Then lightning deceaned on a sacred place called IFE, and the sacred stones where formed, which would house the Sacred Premordials.   Then Da's reflection on the water created a rainbow, and Papa Buen Dios said, this shall be your wife.  Then Buen Dios looked at Da and said.  'From this day forth you shall be called Dambala and your wife the Rainbow Serpent shall be called Aida Wedo, and through you the Cosmic Sperm and her the Cosmic Egg, will from clay create smaller forms of stone, and I shall breath life into them, and all life that walks, crawls, slithers, flies, runs and swims will reside in Ife, the birthplace place of Life.  Thus life descended in drops of rain and lightning bolts on Ife, and the first stones became life forms and Buen Dios sent Fa to give consciousness to these life forms and they soon filled the earth with beauty and wonder.

4) División India, Division Indios or Division Agua Dulce:

 The Jefe is a Loa de Raiz (Root) Lwa by the name Cacique Samaó or Gamaó.  This Division is the largest Division in Sance, Zancie and 21 Division, and it consists of 1/3 of the Great Spirits of the Native people of the Americas, the Indigenous people, and the Root or Misterios de Raiz.  Within this Division one does not just find the Cemi "Zemi" Spirits of the Taino, Arawak and Caribs, but also historical and elevated Cacique and Cacica chiefs, Nitaino warriors, Naboria common folks, Bohique priests and Bohitu Shamans, who have ascended into Lwa status.  This Division is of the element of fresh sweet water.  There colors are blue, green, red and yellow.

A Puerto Rican Taino folklore tells the tail of how Yucaju "God" had a son named Yayael who rebelled against his father, Yucaju banished his son, but Yayael kept rebelling against his father, for he wanted to be more powerful than he.  In a fit of rage Yucaju killed his son, and when his rage was gone, remorse started to set in.  So he took a Jiguera goard from the Higuera Tree and placed Yayael's bones within it.  Then Yucaju painted Zemi symbols on the gourd and hung it above the entrance of his hut, in case any other Cemi dared rebel against Yucaju they would meet the same fate.  and to demonstrate Yucaju's strength and power.  But Atabeira the great mother of the Sea, wanted to see her son, and begged Yucaju to let her see his remains within the Jiguera.  When Yucaju agreed, he took down the Jiguera and opened it so that Atabeira could see the remains of Yayael.  But instead of Yayael's bones, what was inside the jiguera was fresh sweet water "Agua Dulce" and fresh water fish.  At the time the only waters of the earth were the salty waters of Atabeira, and the only fish where those that lived within the sea.  So they poured the fresh water on the earth and its fresh water fish which created the streams, rivers, ponds and lakes and the life within it, which would sustain animal and plant life on earth.  But they could not resist the urge to feast from some of the fish within the jiguera gourd.  Thus Yayael became as great as his father, for he created sustainable life for humans, and also lived within his father and mother.

Within this Division there are many Lwa and Cemi some of the most popular are Tindjo Alawe, Agueybana, Hacuaí Dantó, Agalla Dulce, Doña Mencia, Doña Ines, Yuiza, Anacaona, Caonabo, Cayacoa, Guaroa, Tamayo,  Carmelina Dansolei, "Carmelina Dan Soley", India Agua Azul. Indio Carinoa, Pluma Blanca, Toro Sentado, Aguila Roja, Aguila Blanca, Indio Enriquillo, India Ciboney, India Jihoanya and Gran Cacique to name a few, in this Division one also finds the Comisiones de Indios which are Emisarios of the Division such as Indio de la Paz, Indio de la Fuerza, Indio Poderoso, Indio de la Guerra, Indio Bravo, Indio Libertador and Indio Valiente.

5)  División Del Cementerio,  Division Guedé: 
 The Jefe of this Division is Barón Samedí also known as Baron del Cementerio or el Varon del Cementerio.  He is the son of Aganman Nibo who is known as Papa Ghede Limbo. The Ghede Division lives within the stomach of el Baron del Cementerio, and come out through the birth canal of La Baronesa which is symbolized by the entrance of a graveyard.  The Ghede are the dead, but definitely not the Ancestors.  Unlike the Ancestors who do not reside in the graveyard, the Ghede do, often under the tombs and grave sites.  For this reason alone one never places the Ghede near the Ancestors or ones departed.  El Baron is always represented by the eldest tomb of a male buried in that particular cemetery while La Baronesa who is also called Madame Brigitte, is represented by the oldest female tomb.  Ghede Limbo is represented by the oldest tomb with a cross.  Of all the Divisions there are more Ghede then there are Lwa, and some of the most recognized besides the ones I mentioned are, Barón Sandí, Lakuá, Ghede Zaina, Luis Ghede, Ghede Zumbí, Gedelía, Gedelina and Guedesito.  There color is often Black or purple with another color to distinguish the Ghede.

In many African cultures especially the Bantu it was believed that the first two human souls, one male and the other female "children of Mawu the Moon and Lisa the Sun and grandchildren of Nana Buluku" traveled to the earth on Da's golden thread which was symbolic of a Spider's web or a Serpent's coil "Lightning" and then took human form. They lived a long and fruitful life in a place called Ife, that was made suitable for them to inhabit by elder Primordials. When they died they became the first Dead, the first Ghede, Ti Ghede, and Ghede Zaina.  Ghede Zaina is known as brother of Gun and Da. "Ogun and Dambala"

While Haitian Vodou and Dominican Vudu de la 21 Divisiones honors the Ghede and they are often the last to be invoked in Fete, the Ghede are not so much invoked or involved in the practices of Puerto Rican Sance, unless the Sociedad has a strong tie with Haitian Voudon.  The Lwa such as El Baron del Cementerio, often come silently to observe and is given his gin, and the Ghede are honored in the cemetery and tombs, but rarely do they participate in Sance Fiestas.

The Ghede love spicy foods, Habaneros, and when mounting a Houngan or Papa Bocor love to drink Gin and eat the ashes from lit cigars, many also use the ashes to paint their faces.  They always boast on how the Rada Lwa make their promises but it is the Ghede who often comply, especially when it comes to the dirty work that the Rada refuse to do.  Many of the Rada Lwa and Metresas find the Ghede to be vulgar, loud and obnoxious and will not be in the same vicinity when they are present. 

6)  División Petrós or Division Negra:
 The Jefe of this Division is Gran Buá Yilet and Ti Jean Petro.

Ti Jean Petro was a Dominican African ."Spanish" slave from Santa Cruz de Barahona " a City in the South of the Dominican Republic" who became a powerful and well respected Papa Bokor by the name of Don Juan Felipe Pedro.  He Incorporated not just only the off springs of Arawak and African Spirits from the Kongo and Dahomey who were as oppressed as its people, but also harnessed the oppressed energies of the Ancestral Lwa.  Although many are Lwa, many are elevated historical figures who fought for independence, justice and freedom at all costs.  These Ancestral Spirits where called Bukulu or Egun by the Africans and Hupia or Opia by the Taino and Arawak people.  The Petro are the of springs of these two cultures.  They are the root lwa of the new world and do not appear in African Vodou, and are more aggressive in nature than their Rada counterpart.  There are many Petros, each country has its own local one, while other share many in common such as Erzulie Dantor, Mambo Fatima,  Mambo Maronet, Ti Jean Petro, Jean Fegó Pié, Legba Kalfou, Pile Fey Simbi Dlo, Gran Torolisa, Juan Danto Piě, Tiyán Petró and many more.  There color is Red with another color to distinguish the Lwa.  When dealing with the Petro, one must be careful what is asked for, they literarly listen to everything you say, and if it is of a vengenceful nature they are quick to repay their depots. They are not as lenient as the Rada Lwa, when it comes to dealing with punishments.  The Petro like all Lwa are no ones watch dog, or no ones genie in a bottle waiting for its master's command, no man has power over any Lwa and they are forces of nature that demand the greatest of respects.

In Haiti and the Dominican Republic the Petwo or Petro are the spirits of African slaves and Indians who fought for freedom and independence.  In Puerto Rican Sance this Division is known as Division Negra or Morena and most are the brave souls of those who practiced their traditions despite adversary.  In Sance the Congo Spirits, las Negras, los Cimarones, and Esclavos of a person's Cuadro Espiritual fall under this Division, these Spirits are often los Emisarios or Los Sance of the Petro Lwa.   This Division in Haiti and the Dominican Republic is associated with Blood and Fire, and enjoy their blood offerings while in Sance these are the Emisarios which do not ask for nor work with blood, but are given guava fruit and red wine.  This Division works at night and preside in the woods and dense forests of the Caribbean Islands where their Servidores labor their energy.

Although many African slaves brought with them from Africa, their views and beliefs on Spirits and the after life.  It is highly likely that their beliefs was influenced by the native Tainos.  The Petro Lwa and Spirits have much Taino and Arawak influence. 

The Taino believed that the rain forests, and dense forests was inhabited by the Op’a or Opias.  Now the Opia often slept during the day, and came alive when the Sun set in the west in the land of Coaybay "realm of the dead", awakening the Opias.  The Opia could take any form they so wished, some could appear as they appeared in human form known as Mabuya "Ghosts", others could take on the form of animals, especially that of the Cacibajagua "the Bat" or Mucaro "the owl" .  These nocternal creatures where viewed as the Spirits of the Dead that arose from Coaybay and came to the realm of Goize "the living spirit" through caverns and caves that where viewed as the gateway to the realm of the dead or the belly of Maquetaurie Guayaba "el Gran Baron del Cementerio".  The Opias would go into the deepest woods have their sacred Arieto "ceremonial and religuous dances" and would feast on the Guayaba "Guava" fruit when they tired.  The Taino never ventured into the deep forest at night because the Opia would seduce them into sexual acts and take their soul into the realm of the dead, or feast on their blood which was to the Opia sweeter then that of the nectar of the Guava fruit. 

The noctornal bat is the Petro's messenger, and yes these Lwa can be arogent, especially when they mount a caballo.  This arrogance also comes from a Taino legend of the Bat. 

In the begining of time the Bat went to heaven to look for God "Yucaju", and begged Yucaju to give him feathers for he was cold.  But Yucaju had no feathers left to give, since he had given them all to the birds in the earth.  Then Yucaju said unto all the birds.  "Each of you will give unto the Bat a feather so that he may fasten them onto his body. 

When the Bat got every feather, he was the most magnificent and luxuriant creature on the earth, and it is said that when he passed over the ocean he created the Rainbow. 

This of course made the Bat very proud and vainful and he would look on all life with a disdainful look and would speak to all the birds rudly and with an insulting remark.

Yucaju quickly took notice of the Bat and made it so that the heat of the Sun  heated the earth so much that in order for Mother Earth to cool down, she let loose a steam of vapor into the heavens that soon came down as torential down pour and strong winds.  This made the Bat's feathers fall, and soon the Sun came and shown on the Bat's eyes, and thus blinding him.   The Bat blinded by the Sun hid in the depths of the earth ashamed of what had become of him, and until this day he and his desendants come out only at night in flocks, blind still by the Ancient Sun, but flying very quickly looking for their feathers before the Sun rises in the East.

(Every tradition has its mythology and folklore, Sance and Espiritismo Folclorica is not an exception to this rule.  Before I continue with this post, I would love to thank my Padrino, 'May his spirit be in the pressence of Buen Dios, Hector Rodriguez who told me many Puerto Rican folklores in el Yunque and the Camuy Caves.  He had a deep love of Puerto Rico" and his Taino heritage. A great love I have passed to my own children and with God's good grace will someday pass to my grandbabies.)

7) División Locós:
 The Jefe of this Division is Papa Loko who is synchrenized with Saint Joachin, in the creation of the earth, these Lwa landed on top of trees, thus they are said to manifest their energy in Palm Trees and Ceibas.  

8) División Simbís or Division Simbises: 
The Jefe of this Division is Gran Simbi Dlo, or Simbi Andeso also spelled Simbi Andeazo.

9) División Congós:  
The Jefe of this Division is Gamodi.

10) División Guinés: 
 The Jefe of this Division is Aguiné Pier.

11) División Ninigó or Division Niñillos: 
The Jefe of this Division is Ramón Ñiñigó Sandó.

12) División Caés: 
 The Jefe of this Division is Caé Samá.

13) División Danguelés:
 The Jefe of this Division is Danguélé Quinamá.

14) División Shuqués:
 The Jefe of this Division is Shuqué Alangué.

15) División Marasá o de los Gemelos: 
The Jefes of this Division are Radisá Lamé and La Marasá.

16) División Piués: 
The Jefe of this Division is Piués Lambá.

17) División Difemayós: 
The Jefe of this Division is Gamó.

18)  División Petifonés:
 The Jefe of this Division is Sigó.

19) División Locamí or Division Locomis: 
 The Jefe of this Division is  León Nicomé, Ňyiucomé.

20)  División Sombí or Division Zombi: 
 The Jefe of thiis Division is Pie Tiyán.

21) División Nagós:
Thw Jefe is Olishá Bayí.



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Although there are 21 Divisions both in Dominican Vudù and the Pantheon of Puerto Rican Sanse, 7 Divisiones are the most venerated and respected amongst Puerto Ricans.  Like Dominican and Haitian Vodou, within each Division their is a Punto Misterio known "in Spanish" as el Jefe or La Jefa, but what is apperant is that each of the "7" Siete Jefes come from one of the Divisiones that follows, and as you will notice, the similarities within Puerto Rican Sanse and Dominican 21 Divisiones.

1) Division de Papa Lebanes, Los Legbas
The Jefe of this División is Papa Legba, they embody the element of earth and fire.  They help in opening pathways, opening doors to other realms, as well as uncrossing and destroying sorcery and black magic. Many of the Legbas are great communicators and help us is relaying messages. 

2) Division del Monte, Los Ogunes
The Jefe of this División is Ogun Balendyó and under him are Ogun Badagrí, Ogun Fegallo, Osanjeh, Gran Bwá, and other Misterios. 

This Division embody the element of earth, fire, metal, wood and plant.  They are hard workers, guardians, blacksmiths, soldiers, doctors, healers and warriors.  Out of all the Naciones they work the hardest, none stop and can be very fierce and temperamental. 

3) Division Del Cementerio, Los Guedeses.
The Jefe of this Divisió is el Barón del Cementerio, within this division Santa Marta la Dominadora and Santa Marta La Bruja, Baron del Sabado, Baron de la Cruz and Papa Guede Limbo.

The Division del Cementerio include los Guedés and they embody the element of earth and fire.  This Division helps in resolving all sorts of problems.  They help in opening and closing the doors to the realm of the dead.  They can be mischievous and often ruthless tricksters, and if offended, can be very dangerous.  They should never be called on by those who do not completely have wisdom over their misteries as they can unleash evil malevolent spirits as easily as benevolent spirits.  

4) Division Del Fuego. 
 The Jefe of this Division is Papa Candelo, they fall under the División de los Prietos and Division del Cementerio, and within this Division one finds countless Misterios, which have their origins both in the Americas as well as Africa. 

The Candelo Division embody the element of fire and air, and although they are Petro and some Guedés they also have their own Familia, "Division".  They open the pathways for progression, change and evolution.  They are great guardians and swift healers and messengers for Papa Buen Dios.  They work hard for finding a solution and solving all forms of dilemmas.  They are great paleros, and have a great wisdom and knowledge over ancient magic and herbalism.  They also work well in all judicial matters.

5) Division De Belcanes
The Jefe of the Division de los Belcanes is Belie Belcan Tome.  Within this Division one finds the Belcan Nacion, which embody the element of Air and Earth,   They fight for justice and peace and are a great defense against demons, evil spirits, occult enemies and black magic.  They are wise, ancient and of a benevolent nature although they are fierce warriors and keep order amongst chaos. 

6). Division de Metresas
The Jefe or Jefa of the División de las Metresas is Metresili, and there are many Metresas.  Although they pertain to their own Division, they can also belong to another.

The Mestresas embody the elements of earth and water.  They work in matters of emotioms, thoughts and feelings.  They govern over love, womanhood, motherhood, maternity, fertility, beauty and femininity.  Their colors are Pink, Yellow, Orange and Gold.

7). Division del Agua Dulce, Los Indios
The Jefe of this Division is Tindjo Alague and consists of all the Spirits as mentioned above in the 21 Divisiones.

This Division of Misterios make up 1/3 of the Misterios, they are highly venerated within Puerto Rican Sanse and are a very important division of Spirits.  They embody the elements of water and air.

Other Divisiones in Sanse include.

Division Soley or Division del Sol.   The Jefe of this Division is Gran Soley or Gran Solier, and this Division consists of the highly elevated Lwa known as the Rada.  These Lwa bring ilumination, clarity, insight, wisdom and knowledge. 

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