La Sirene

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La Sirene, painted by the Haitian artist Gerard Valcin (1923-1988), c. 1985

La Sirene is The Siren, a mermaid lwa of wealth, who rules the treasures of the sea. Her palace is at the bottom of the ocean she is the embodiment of beauty and seduction.

Within the African Traditional Religion of Voodoo, Vudu, Vodoun, or Vodun, La Sirene is a beautiful lwa, often said to be looking at herself in a mirror. She's a powerful siren and rules seduction, beauty, and enchantment. Being a siren, she is also tied to the musical arts. Like the ocean, she is restless, deep, mysterious and through her connections to the ocean and moon, she has dominion over dreams. When she mounts her servitors, she has difficulty walking as she has a fish-tail and has to occassionally be doused with water because she has a hard time breathing air and needs to always have a tub of water near. La Sirene can grant powers of enchantment to her devotees and bestow great riches to them. She is of the Rada nation of lwa. Her colors are blue and white and her offerings include combs, mirrors, fruits like melons, sweets, and champagne.

In Catholic syncretic Voodoo practices, La Sirene is associated with Mary the Star of the Sea, and with other goddesses of the sea, especially the Lukumi or Santeria orisha Yemaya. Hoodoo psychic readers, spirit workers, and root doctors who are adherents of the Voodoo Religion and who petition the lwa on behalf of clients may work with La Sirene for wealth, seduction, and musical skill.

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