Li Grande Zombi is
the major serpent spirit of worship among New Orleans Voodooists. Damballah Wedo
(Li Grand Zombi) is one of the most revered of the African
gods, the serpent deity of peace and purity, of platinum and silver,
and the one who grants riches and sustains the world.
Optimism emanates from his presence and it is he who is the
original servant to the Creator.
The name of this loa, Li Grande Zombi, is most
commonly linked to the name of Marie Laveau's pet snake, a huge boa constrictor
or royal python (Ball python) who was worshipped at her New Orleans Voodoo
rituals on Bayou St. John. St. John's Eve, June 23. St John’s Eve is the day
when the biggest Voodoo gatherings were held where even members of "polite
society" were invited - including reporters, prominent citizens, and the police.
It is also the day that some believers claim the ghost of Marie Laveau rises
from the dead. To this day, it is still the most important Voodoo holiday in New
In New Orleans Voodoo, snakes
are not seen as symbols of evil as in the story of Adam and
Eve. Snakes are considered to be the holders of intuitive
knowledge – knowing that which cannot be spoken. Women often
dance with serpents to represent the spiritual balance
between the genders. Voodoo rituals in New Orleans almost
always include a snake dance to celebrate the link to the
Li Grand Zombi to bring wealth, happiness, optimism, and purity of thought into
your life. To use this Voodoo Doll, light a white candle and tell
your wishes in a sacred place. Appropriate offerings include
white eggs, white wine, cabbage, and white flowers. His color is white and his
day is Sunday.
Like all Planet Voodoo's authentic
Voodoo dolls, these powerful and magickal Li Grand Zombi
Voodoo dolls are lovingly constructed out of a base of
sticks and Spanish moss, hand-stitched with the finest
fabrics, and adorned with vintage lace, fancy yarns,
feathers, and special charms, semiprecious stones, crystals,
fetishes, and beads unique to the particular Spirit. Their
faces are expertly hand-sculpted and carved out of clay,
then baked and painted with details. Each exquisite
serpent doll is carefully consecrated
according to proper Voodoo protocol, anointed with ritual
oils, and ritually prepared to house a particular loa or
spirit. Your authentic Li Grand Zombi Voodoo doll will
arrive ready to enhance your connection to the loving and
peaceful serpent deity. Size
varies, but generally about 12-15 inches long.
Quantities may be adjusted at checkout.
Please note that orders for custom
will take up to 6-8 weeks or more to be filled due to the sheer number of
dolls ordered and I currently have a back log of dolls to complete.
Please do not order a
doll unless you are willing to be patient and wait for it. Thank you
for your understanding.
Li Grande Zombi (also
called Damballah Wedo) is the major serpent spirit of
worship among New Orleans Voodooists. In New Orleans Voodoo,
snakes are not seen as symbols of evil as in the story of
Adam and Eve. Snakes are considered to be the holders of
intuitive knowledge – knowing that which cannot be spoken.
Women often dance with serpents to represent the spiritual
balance between the genders. Voodoo rituals in New Orleans
almost always include a snake dance to celebrate the link to
the ancient knowledge. The origin of Li Grande Zombi can be
traced to the serpent deity Nzambi from Whydah in Africa.
According to the Bantu Creation story, Nzambi is the Creator
exists in everything and controls the universe through his
appointed Spirits. In the beginning only Nzambi existed.
When he was ready to create, millions and millions of pieces
of matter swirled around him counterclockwise until Ngombe
was born. Ngombe is the universe, the planets, the stars and
all physical matter. Nzambi then created movement, and the
matter that he had created began to change and drift apart.
So, he decided to create a being that could traverse the
Universe and mediate between matter and space. Nzambi
focused on a fixed point and gave life to a being who was
simultaneously man and woman, a manifestation of the nature
of Nzambi, called Exú-Aluvaiá. (Alvarado, 2010, p.
And finally, Li Grande Zombi is described
from the perspective of Louis Martiné priest, spiritual
doctor and elder of the New Orleans Voodoo Spiritual
Zombie is the Temple Snake, a defining element of New
Orleans Voodoo and a loa of great stature. The Grande Zombie
of New Orleans Voodoo is best not confused with the Zombie
of Haitian Voodoo which has been described as a ritually
animated corpse. The Temple Snake bears little physical or
spiritual resemblance to such a being. The Grande Zombie can
fill many roles and perform many ritual functions. In the
context of this Order of Service the Temple Snake is the
umbilical cord, the connection between the Mother and the
child. (Martiné, 2005).
The use of the
of Li Grande Zombi and snakes in general are commonly
found in hoodoo. Most commonly found is the use of snake
sheds in the preparation of
conjure powders and
oils. Strength, power, retribution, and renewal are
among the qualities associated with
snake sheds in conjure.
Dennett, R. E. (1906) .At the Back of the Black
Order of Service that Martiné refers to is a
departure from the usual litany of Catholic prayers
that opens a typical Voodoo Service. Catholicism was
not a part of the original African religion, and so
it is not always done this way by practitioners,
particularly those for whom Catholicism doesn’t
“fit”. The order of Service provided by Martine in
the New Orleans Voodoo Spiritual Temple reflects an
evolving and adaptable religion, one that reflects
the Universal tradition that embraces faiths outside
of the Catholic paradigm as part of the ceremonial
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