Gran Bwa is a lwa that helps you connect to ancestral roots or the spiritual home of Vodou. A friend of mine, who is an expert on Haitian Vodou, who has spent a lot of time in Haiti with the artists there, told me I had painted Gran Bwa when I made this spontaneous work out of walnut ink and sumi-ink on handmade paper. I had considered this painting a self-portrait. She now holds this piece in her private collection:
Quite a few people are afraid of Vodou but it is an awe-inspiring tradition of bringing together plant energy with divinity, spiritual and personal energy. My friend who is very involved with Vodou, especially the art that surrounds it, is from European ancestry. She is light in spirit and bubbly, with a close relationship to nature and her garden. Vodou affirms the relationships between cycles of life, trees of knowledge and spirit. The Vodou vision of lwa, understands them as the intelligence of energy present in humans, nature and thoughts.
Mysteries can be understood through spirits like Gran Bwa, known in this religion as lwa. Lwa are intermediaries between Bondye, a very remote, omnipotent God, and humans. The lwa were once mortals, and share some human characteristics, for better or worse, including strength, vision, ego, capriciousness and fickle emotions; they can be demanding, and sometimes tricky.
Offerings of basins of water, leaves, roots, branches or flowers are welcomed by Gran Bwa. A drawing of trees, the forest or a study of a branch, as well as, exploring the “tree of life” motif is a good conduit to Gran Bwa. A tree sapling can be planted on Gran Bwa’s behalf when it is the right time of the year for where you live. Gran Bwa energy exists at each magical point of every tree. This is a very important lwa to the magickal herbalist.
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