Lamp set on Petro Point
The petro lwa are some of the most famous Lwa around the world. They are known as the spirits of the revolution because it was these spirits that were called upon during Bwa Kayman, and it was these Spirits that in 1804 assured Haiti it's independence. These are the Spirits of the Haitian soil, and although some of them may find their roots in the Spirits of the Kongo and Dahomey, they are the spirits of Ayiti's land. Many find their origins with the Taino, the native people of 'Ayiti, they are born from the hero's of Haitian history, those who fought against the slave traders, and who ensured that Haiti was the first black republic in the world. Hero's look Boukman, Mambo Fatima, and others, who became the strongers, hottest and fiercest of the Haitian spirits. Mambo Maronet, Ti Jean Petro, and of course the Queen of Petro, Mambo Erzulie Dantor, these are the Spirits who fought for the Haitian people, who spilled their blood upon the soil and who are the parents of a Nation.
Served with the kwa kwa, these spirits are served throughout Haiti, in some of the hottest and rawest rite of Haiti. They are also fundamental in the Kanzo cycle. The ceremonies such as Bat Ge and Mere Paket are petro ceremonies that ensure that the initiates are strong, powerful and have strong pwen from which to work. They are the Spirits of immediate change, and they work extremely quickly when wanga or pwen are performed through their rites. The songs and dances are staccato, and when these Spirits come in possession they are unmistakeable. They are spirits of magic and chance, and spirits of the hottest of places, the crossroads, marshes, forests and cities. Be it Gran Bwa with his knowledge of all herbs and plants, or the Simbi who rule over magic of the water, Kalfou, the point through which all magic passes or Amminno who is one of the spirits of the Gad cycle, these spirits are profoundly powerful. They are also demanding. What you promise them you must give them, and if you don't they will exact their displeasure just as quickly as they brought what you desired.
These spirits are served in Red and Blue, the colours of the Haitian flag, and are some of the most well known spirits in the Haitian Vodou tradition, some of them being:
Of course these are only amongst the most well known of the Spirits of Haiti. I have not talked about them all, some of them can not be regulated to a sentence of two. They are spirits of revolution and strength and the history of Haiti.
Altar for the celebration of Fet Dantor