Legba is the "first" Lwa served during a Vodou service. Without him no messages would come from the Lwa, no possessions
would occur, wangas would be nil, and all the work of the service would go in vain. He opens the gates for the rest
of the Lwa allowing the people to communicate with them as they need to. Service to Legba is essential to any Vodouisant.
It is my belief that everyone in the world has a Legba that walks with him or her. He is necessary for everyone, just
imagine as how necessary he is for the Lwa. Traditionally, Papa Legba is served with a straw sack, known as a
djakout Legba. These are round, have a lid, and a carrying strap. Legba's offerings are put inside and often hung
on the branch of a tree near the enterance of the peristyle. One may also see such a djakout inside the badji (altar
rooms) holding several of Legba's things inside.
I recently returned from Haiti and I brought a suitcase full of djakouts, both for Legba and Azaka. I am making
these available to all of you if you would like to start serving Legba (or Azaka) even deeper. But it is not just the
djakout that you will get, inside the djakout Legba you will find a color mushwa (kercheif) in the colors appropriate to serve
this powerful Lwa. It also comes with two chromos of the Legbas. One of Saint Lazarus who is associated with Legba
in Rada service. One is of Saint Anthony who serves for Legba nan Petro.
If you would like to learn more about Legba as he is viewed in the Haitian Vodou tradition, check here:
I also brought djakouts back for Azaka, the peasant farmer Lwa of Haitian Vodou. Azaka is the main featured Lwa
in the Nation known as Djoumba. These are the Indian Lwa who come from the Arawak and the Taino, the original inhabitants
of Hispaniola. Like Legba, Azaka is served with a djakout, although this one is square. Azaka's things go inside
and thus is he served.
These are the traditional bags of Houngans and Mambos djakout, who walk around carrying these bags offering to do work
at any location. These terms may refer to an uninitiated person who is doing work in such a way, or sometimes to an
initiated Houngan or Mambo who does work in this way, and doesn't have a peristyle. One can sometimes see them, walking
around with the djakout over their shoulder, a straw hat on their head, mushwa tied around their neck and a candle as they
announce their services while walking around.
I'm offering these bags to all of you so that you may improve your service to the Lwa Azaka and the other Indian Lwa
that may walk with you. The djakout comes with a mushwa in the traditional colors to serve this Lwa, an image of St.
Isidore, and a bouji. A bouji is a special candle used in Djoumba and Petro service.
I also brought back some govi. These are clay pots with lids, and are used for a number of things in Vodou.
They are used to create pwen, to house Lwa, to feed Lwa, to do wanga, all sorts of things. So these are also available
Lastly, I am offering Vodou dolls. These dolls are hand made by Haitian Vodouisants and used to do wanga.
Although I don't usually encourage unexpierenced people to do magic, people will do it anyway and some other expierenced practitioners
can benefit from these. Many times you will here Vodouisants say that we don't use dolls, the reason for this is that
we don't use them in the way that most people think. But dolls are used in wanga all the time, again not as most myths
may explain it though. I have sets of Red dolls and sets of black dolls. The male dolls have male genetalia and
the females have hair "down there".
Get them while they are here, as it is a limited supply and once they
are gone, their gone.