In my painting for Simbi I used the old Roman crucifix for symbolism of God. Vodou is called evil and satanic by popular opinion, but truth is, the Vodou lwa come from God. All energy, all life and all spirits are only possible through God. Without Bon Dieu, there is nothing! Simbi Dlo is Simbi of the water and Andezo is Simbi in two waters. You can find Simbi Dlo in springs, streams, any fresh body of water, he will be there. Simbi Andezo loves salt water and fresh water. The cycle of water in nature is Andezo’s main focus but he is also a powerful magician like Simbi Makaya. Simbi Andezo is a good friend of Ogoun Feray, they are comrades. These spirits are only a small part of a huge family with many, many different Simbi lwa. If one makes a ritual for Simbi and soon afterward rain comes, this is a good sign from Papa Simbi! The Simbi spirits are all Petro lwa, they hail from the Kongo, in Africa. Gran Simba is considered the mother of all Simbi lwa. When it rains, when it pours, look up into the Nimbus and think of Simbi!
A traditional Haitian Kreyol song for Simbi Andezo: “Simbi Andezo! Sa ki fe yo pa vle we mwen yo poko konen mwen. Yo bay mwen pwen a; se pou m mache la nwit, O! Simbi Andezo! Sa ki fe yo pa vle we mwen yo poko konen mwen.”
In English: “Simbi Andezo! The reason why they don’t want to see me is because they don’t yet know me. They gave me the magic spell; it’s so that I can walk in the night, oh! Simbi Andezo! The reason why they don’t want to see me is because they don’t yet know me.”