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LEGBA

Legba


Legba is the god of magick, of words, of communication. It is he who opens the way between the world of humanity and the world of the loa. For this reason he is always the first loa called in every Voudou ceremony. Without Legba there can be no magick. Legba has many faces and personalities. Sometimes he is an old man telling stories, sometimes a young man full of creative power, sometimes a child full of mischief. He can be whatever he wills to be, reality is his to manipulate.His vever (symbol) is the sign of the cross-roads, representing the place where two worlds meet, with his magick wand beside it.

Legba
Father of time
Come to me

Legba
Cross the bridge
Open the gate
Mount me
Ride me
Ride me
Legba

I am your horse
I am your horse
Ride me
Ride me
Legba
Ride me
Ride me
Ride me

Open the gates
Open the gates
Make me strong
Make me crawl
Open the gate
Open the gate
Make me burn
Legba

The word is Life
The word is Life
Legba

Burn me
Hold me
Fuck me
Legba
Burn me
Hold me
Fuck me
Legba

Burn me
Hold me
Fuck me
Legba


OYA

Oya is not normally a part of the pantheon of Voudou loa, she belongs to the Santeria religion, where she is the goddess orisha of storms, wind, and thunder. But as we made this album she insisted that she be included, to represent the other traditions of African magick. While we were recording her song, outside the studio a huge storm blew up, thunder and lightning flashing all around us as she came into our hearts.

Oya
Let the rain fall
Let the wind blow
Let the lightning strike me as I wait for you
Oya


AYIZAN

Ayizan

Ayizan is the goddess of initiation. Like initiation she is mysterious to those who have not experienced her fully, but full of inspiration to those who know her. She is the light within the darkness, the spark of the divine that is within us that we do not see until she shows us. She is the loa of rebirth, birth into the new life beyond the merely human.Her vever represents the unification of the two worlds, of the human and the divine.

Ayizan
I come before you
In the dark
In the heat
The sun is rising
My hands are tied
And you are waiting
Ayizan

I hear the drums
I hear the drums
I’m walking
Walking
Walking
Walking

And I sink down
Into the dark waters
You cover my face
Hide me from the light
And I feel my breath

Ayizan

I feel the earth move beneath me
I feel the earth move beneath me
And I emerge
Into a new world
Into a new world
Into a new world
Ayizan


DAMBALLAH & AYIDA WEDO

Wedo

Damballah & Ayida Wedo are the basic principles of creation, male and female. They are the fertile forces that combine to form all things in our universe. They are symbolised as twin serpents, and when they appear in a Voudou ceremony, the worshippers who are possessed by them will writhe around like snakes, often trying to climb up the centre pole of the temple or trying to dive into a large basin of water to swim. Their vever shows snakes coiled around a pole.

[Translation of the Gnostic Chant:]

Io Io Io IAO Sabao Lord Abrasax Lord Meithras Lord Phallos. Io Pan Io Pan Pan Io Mighty One, Io Deathless One, Io Immortal One, Io IAO. Hail Phallus, Hail All-Devourer, Hail All-Begetter. Holy, Holy, Holy, IAO.


SIMBI

Simbi is a god of magick. He is the snake that glides through the world and sees all things. He is a source of great wisdom and understanding, but he is very quiet and shy and often has to be called carefully into the temple. His vever is in the form of a rose and cross.

Do not wait outside Simbi
Do not stay outside Simbi
Simbi

Weave your spells around me Simbi
Simbi

Cross between the worlds Simbi
Come between the worlds Simbi

Right now

I am the Snake that gives Knowledge & Delight
I am Life, and the giver of Life, yet therefore is the knowledge of me the knowledge of death
Simbi

I see the world
I see the things that you will never see
I see the world of the Invisibles
I see the world inside the world
I see, I see
Simbi


GUEDE

Guede is the Lord of Death. His domain is the Underworld, the Nightside of our existence. Unlike modern European conceptions of Death, Guide is not slow and serious – completely the opposite in fact. He is full of life and joy, for all life eventually comes to him. When he appears in a ceremony he will often call for some fast dance music and start to leap around joking with all the people. He likes to wear sunglasses when he appears, since I suppose it is normally much darker in his usual domain! He is also very sexual in nature, for sex and death are always closely linked. His vever features the cross and the coffin.

Hey, hey, hey!
Time for Guede to have some fun now, yeah!
Guede want to dance
Guede want to dance now
Let’s go

Papa Guede he’s a fine fellow
Papa Guede he’s a fine fellow
Just right for you baby
Hey Guede!

Dance with Death, dance with Death
Dance with Death, dance with Death
Dance

Hey, hey, hey, here come Guede

Guede

Crawling over your skin like the insects
Crawling over your skin and inside you with all my life
Give me your life my pretty, pretty one
Give me your life my pretty, pretty one
Give me your life
Guede come to get it right now, yes!
Guede give you life

Feel my body baby
Oh, feel my body my little, little, little one
Guede coming inside you now
Guede always there

Guede
We’re going to have some fun tonight…


AGWE

Agwe

Agwe is the loa of the sea. He sails his boat over the water through wind and waves. His is the strength of natural forces, and the strength of those who overcome them. All our life comes from the sea, and Agwe is the fisherman who brings it to us, the sailor bringing treasures from foreign lands.His vever is formed from a picture of a boat.

Agwe, Agwe, Agwe
Fire your cannon
Over the sea
Let your lightning strike me
Agwe, Agwe, Agwe

Cina
Cina, Cina, Cina
Dogwe sang, cina lo-ge
Agwe Arroyo protect your children
Care for your little ones
Cina dogwe sang
Cina lo-ge

Agwe, Agwe, Agwe

Fire your cannon
Over the waves
The sea in your hand
Wash me, wash me Agwe
Wash me in your tears
Wash me in your tears

Salt crusting my skin
I ride in your boat
I ride in your boat
Across the stars
Across the stars

Agwe, Agwe, Agwe
Arroyo
Protect your children
Care for your little ones
Take me away from this world


GRAN IBO

Gran Ibo is the wise old woman of the swamp, who sits quietly alone, but sees all and knows all. She possesses all the knowledge of nature and all the experience of old age. Listening to her stories we can learn much about the ancient ways of the earth, about the currents of energy that flow secretly around us, about the powers within the plants and the animals.
Gran Ibo
I sit beside you
Ibo
I walk beside you
Like I always do
To the secret place where life begins
Ibo

Give me your hand
Lay your hands on my head
Bless me

Ibo
Whisper your secrets in my ear


ERZULIE

Erzulie

Erzulie is the goddess of love. She is beautiful, young, vain and tragic. When she appears during a Voudou ceremony she flirts with all the men present, teasing them and laughing with them. But as the ceremony progresses her face begins to fall, and she starts to weep for all her old loves that she will never see again. For love is a fleeting thing and will always end in sadness. Her vever is in the shape of a heart, for reasons which should be obvious.

Cry for me Erzulie, cry for me
Come into my life and set me free
You are my virgin, you are my bride
Come to me like the ocean tide
Erzulie

All the things you wanted you never had
And all the things you got turned bad
So now you cry as you come to me
My lover, my bride, my Erzulie
Erzulie

Erzulie Freda Dahomey

Yemaya, Yemaya, Yemaya, Yemaya


THE ANCESTORS

The Ancestors are those who have come before us; they are the ones who have passed down life & knowledge from generation to generation. All that we are comes originally from them, and all that we create we pass down to those who will come after us. Voudou ceremonies take great care to understand and remember the Ancestors, not only those direct genetic ancestors who have shaped our bodies, but also all those whose ideas have shaped our existence, the magicians and artists of the past whose vision has become the reality by which we live.

In Grandma’s house
The figures sit silent
Chocolate brown
Dreaming of Guinee
And when they shall return

Grandma teaches me
From the side of Death
Teaches me to understand
Understand the dreams she sends

In Grandma’s house
Everything is silent
Silent like the grave
Silent like the night

Like the night
Like the grave
The clock keeps on ticking
Everything is silent
Like the grave
Like the night

Grandma, Grandma…

All lyrics ©Rodney Orpheus 1995