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1880s, poster which gave rise to the common image of the loa Mami Wata
Simbi (also Sim'bi) is a large and diverse family of serpents also known as loa in Haitian Vodou. Some names for the Simbi Loa include Simbi Dlo (also Simbi d'l'eau - Simbi of the Water), Simbi Makaya, Simbi Andezo (Simbi of Two Waters), and Gran Simba. Traditionally in their Kongo context they are all associated with water, but in the Haitian Vodoun context they have wide-ranging associations. For example, Simbi Makaya is a great sorcerer, and served in particular in the Sanpwel secret societies. Simbi Anpaka is a Loa of plants, leaves, and poisons.
Vodou traditions were practiced by Haitians who came from Africa: the religious traditions were handed down. The Vodou religion believes in a creator who cannot be easily reached. So Vodou worshipers contact spirits which act as go-betweens between the creator and the worshiper. Simbi is a Loa which represents magic. Simbi is portrayed as a snake. This Loa (Simbi) is used to contact the dead.
- Governor General Michaëlle Jean of Canada, who was born in Haiti, bears two simbi as supporters on her coat of arms.
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- Afro-American religion
- Haitian mythology
- Haitian Vodou art
- Louisiana Voodoo
- West African Vodun
- Witch doctor
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