Before the asson-lineage became prevalant, the Lave Tet was considered
the initiation in many rural areas of Haiti into the Vodou. During the 22nd of September through the 24th, Sosyete
Gade Nou Leve will be holding a Lave Tet. So let me explain to you a little more what the Lave Tet is . . .
The Lave Tet is the cleansing, fortifying and finally baptism of one's head. The
head being the "seat of the soul" for an individual, which serves as a vessel for the all important Met Tet and the other
spirits that walk with an individual. In some non-asson houses the Lave Tet is the initiation into the house and commits
the person to that house.
A lave tet would not permit someone to go into the djevo at a Kanzo, however. One
is not actually an Vodou initiate, although one may be considered a member of the house. Unlike the Kanzo, a Lave
tet is good for everyone. It improves the life of the recipient and often his/her family too. Not everyone is
called to be an initiate, yet anyone can receive the Lave Tet which ultimately clarifies the mind.
The Lave Tet improves the ability for possession, clears the mind, clarifies abilities
for seeing, and improves the life of the individual substantially in all areas. In this Society, we also give our Lave
Tet recipients good information so that the recipients will be able to help him/herself.
The Lave Tet takes three days. The first part of the ceremony is the cleansing.
This removes all that spiritual grime that often attaches itself throughout time to people. Many have claimed
to feel like a weight is being lifted off of them, and this is only the beginning. The Lave tet is one of
the most deeply moving spiritual ceremonies (outside of the Kanzo) that one could go through. It is a Vodou Sacrament.
After the cleansing, participants are go kouche (Kreyol, lie down) in a
badji prepared for them. During their time in here, participants will have knowledge revealed to them, visits from
the Lwa, and ceremonies administered to them. During this time, the Lwa Met Tet (Spiritual Head Master) will be divined.
Any additional information from the Lwa will be taken care of then or at a later date. Their heads will be strengthened
Everyone will later on be baptized, their heads now consecrated in the service of God
and Ginen. A small party will be held to celebrate the beginning of the path for everyone. Matters
that need to be discussed will be, and participants will also be taken to a church to pray.
The Lave Tet is a spiritually empowering ceremony. It is something that I cannot
truly describe in words. It is great for those that cannot afford the time or expense for a Kanzo, for those who are
not called into the route of Kanzo, and those who cannot or do not desire to travel to Haiti.