My name is Saundra Elise Ziyatdinova, I was born In Los Angeles, California back In the 80’s. The lwa are like guardian angels to me, they have always been there for me in my life, with things big and small. And for them and their light in my life, I will be forever grateful! This is my blog for the Vodou spirits and my creative expression/artistic interpretation of their symbolic veves AND their character. I will be creating an artistic image for the lwa based upon their characteristics. There are hundreds of lwa! And everyone has their own unique powers and personalities. I created this blog to display some of the veves of the lwa and my own artwork and sketches for them! Many artists have their own artwork and interpretations of the lwa, especially in Haiti and New Orleans, Louisiana. These are my own original artistic interpretations of the lwa. I also have some of my older and newer original artwork on my blog here, with different subjects and themes that I like to work with. I chose the title, Erzulie Red Eyes, because for me this lwa (Erzulie Dantor) symbolizes my own inner strength and power as a woman! It is said that Erzulie Red Eyes is a seperate spirit that walks so closely with Metres Dantor that she is often considered to be Dantor. I have been researching Vodou since I was little and now I serve the lwa and especially my met tet, regularly.
Always felt drawn to the spirits, so I do believe in the saying that “The spirits choose you.”
Vodou/voodoo is NOT evil and I won’t stand for the old religious persecution game. If you don’t believe, that’s OK, If you do, that’s OK too! I know the truth of my beliefs, no amount of stereotypes, or popular and confident lies promoted in the media will deter my faith, so don’t bother with the “voodoo is evil” lines! God gives us free will, believe what you choose, I never force people to believe what they don’t want to believe. And I never allow people to teach me lies and stereotypes about my own beliefs.
Me, I believe in God and I serve god first and after god the lwa! AYI BOBO!!
From my dear friend and fellow vodou child in Germany, Bokor Marco Bergmann, video from his “Let’s Talk About Vodou” series: Vodou art featuring some of my artwork for the lwa!: