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Veve, Haitian Metal Heart 11.75" X 12"

SKU: SM701
15.25" X 15.25"

    The Haitian spirit of "The Fierce Mother - Erzulie Dantor" is represented by a heart pierced with a sword. This symbol is drawn onto temple floors during religious ceremonies to summon her presence. Meda Ulyssee has recreated that symbol in recycled metal. Of course, he had all of the cultural background to communicate its meaning with hammer and chisel, but we had to learn the story before we could fully appreciate the significance he struck into every detail. What we called simply ”Meda’s Heart” is actually much more. On a pure and elemental level, it is a beautiful representation of the strength of a mother’s love.

    Veves of Voodoo
    In Vodoun (Voodoo) practice, Veves are intricate symbols of the Loas (gods/spirits), and are used in rituals. They are similar to the sigils used in ritual magic. Each Loa has his or her own complex veve, which is traced on the ground with powdered eggshell or a similar substance prior to a ritual. The ability to draw a Veve correctly is considered to be a particular skill of the initiate. A veve is believed to be more powerful if it is drawn with the correct details.

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