Here are a few pictures of the first Lave Tet that Houngan Alistair and Houngan Liam ran, in Santa Cruz, California.
Houngan Liam (in the blue top) with Etoile File getting ready to salute the Spirit Met Agwe. As a child of La Sirene, Etoile File has a special relationship with Papa Agwe and so was a part of the salutes. Other participants from the Lave Tet, newly made Hounsi Semp are gathered around as well as we sing the songs of the Spirit.
Here is a close up view of a section of the Rada altar within the djevo. The altar is set with statues of St. Patrick (Danballa Wedo), St. Martha the Dominator (Ayida Wedo) and Diosa de la Mar (La Sirene). There are bottles for Erzulie Freda and paquets for her and for Filomez. Above you can see the sacred drapo.
In the centre of the altar sits a govi dressed for the lwa La Sirene. On this side are the various Nago and Petro Sprits, and a paquet made for the lwa Erzulie Dantor. Right at the edge of the picture is a paquet for Ti Jean Dantor.
The Lave Tet ceremony begins with La Priye Ginen and a ceremony asking the Spirits of the participants to come forward. Here we are singing La Priye Ginen. We had a wonderful ceremony with many many lwa coming down during the ceremony to give the participants their blessing, share a joke or some words of wisdom. Ayibobo!
The participants are about to come out of the djevo. I love this picture. There was no mist, no smoke, there was nothing that could have caused the mist before the door. We had performed ceremonies in front of the door, and when I saw this picture I knew that the Spirits were listening.
My Spiritual Mother and I are standing behind the new Ti Fey or Hounfo du Racine Deesse Dereale. What a blessed moment, standing with them as they receive their baptism, their new Spiritual names and embrace a new Spiritual identity!
My other Spiritual Mother welcoming the new Ti Fey, the Spiritual children of our house to the House. It was a beautiful moment of champagne and celebration! Ayibobo!
From right to left: Pa Presse Soulage Minfo Edeyo Bo Hougan (Houngan Liam), Lisa (Etoile File), Dean (Konesanse), Colleen (Nu Kapab), Rafael (Moin Pat Konin), Renee (Moin La), Billy (Map Montreyo) and PeseVerance Soulage Minfo Edeyo Bo Hougan (Hougan Alistair)
Mambo La Belle Deesse and Mambo La Belle Deesse Jnr, the best Spiritual Mothers any Vodouisant could ask for, with Houngan Liam and Houngan Alistair at the completion of the Lave Tet
Every celebration is better with Cake! Ayibobo!