Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Jovan A. Brown
Danbala Wedo is pronounced to be one of the oldest and most beneficent African lwa (also known as has) spirits of the Vodou religion in Haiti. He is imaged in the form of a snake or serpent. The name Danbala originates from Dahomey, a kingdom in West Africa that is now positioned in today's Benin; it is constructed out of the terms Dan and Allada . “Dan” is the cult of the snake in Heaven, whereas “Allada” is the name of the coastal kingdom in South Dahomey, which is the native land of the Aja people who founded the kingdom of Dahomey and eventually dominated the Fon people, another West African group in Dahomey. In Africa, where Danbala Wedo is known as Dan or Danbada-Wedo, he is thought to be the grandson of Nana-Buluku, the Fon people's Supreme deity, and the son of Nana-Buluku's twin siblings, Mawu-Lisa, deities who created ...