Photograph by Russell James. Collaborative art by Reinold Clerisier (HA) with creative direction by Gael Monnin (HA).
This image represents Ayida-Weddo - the female version of Damballah, which is one of the most important of all the loa. Damballah is the Sky God and considered the creator of all life. He is both a member of the Rada family and a root, or racine Loa. In Haiti he is often depicted as a serpent and is closely associated with snakes. He is considered the father of all the loa as all Spirits are aspects of Damballah. His wife/companion Ayida Wedo, is also a Loa of creation. Damballah rules the mind, intellect, and cosmic equilibrium.
Notice on the woman's belly the Veve (symbol) of this spirit.