Ésprit Razin/Sodotutu 

Haitian Born Artist, Culture Activist, and Holistic Health Practitioner 

Session 8 (Resources Page 2)

Week 8: Sacred Art of Feminine Manifestation and Mystical Radiance

Voices of Tradition: Feminine Societies

This video presents some challenges for the modern priestess or matriarch. It is important for us to look closely at our traditions as we move forward. There is so much to learn. As we move forward, contemplate how tradition effects perceptions. Please prepare to discuss your thoughts on this video next week. I will introduce the spiritual science that can shed light on some of the practices.

Recommended Books

Obatala Ifa and the Chief of the Spirit of the White Cloth
Mama Lola A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn, With a New Foreword by Claudine Michel

Recommended YouTube Video

Mapou Tree

In my ancestral land in Haiti we had a Mapou tree. During ceremonies or rituals, we would always end up or start at the water that came up from the earth underneath this tree.  On it lived a two headed white snake. It was a physical manifestation of my maternal lineage as Dambala. The tree is known as the Ceiba Tree.

The Ceiba ("SAY-ba") tree, Genus Ceiba, gets its name from the Latin Ceiba pentandra. It is also known as silk-cotton tree and is sacred in Haiti and other parts of the world.  It is a massive tropical tree that can reach up to 200 feet.
Found in Mexico, Central America, and West Africa, it is used as a central point in many ceremonies, specially the Dambala/Ayida Wedo rituals and ceremonies. Ceba’s uniquely long, hanging vines are also a sacred element of worship as they were bridge together  the physical world and the unseen world. If this sounds like Avatar (the movie) that is because the movie was about the destruction of Haiti's trees (and trees from other parts of the ancient worlds) that are destroyed  in order to obtain the gold, oil, and other reserves that rest beneath.