Gran Bwa literally means "Big Wood," and that is fitting because as far as Loa go, Gran Bwa is a BIG loa. Boss of the woods and chief of the forest, Gran Bwa is a centerpiece for the Vodou of the New World. Whether Puerto Rican/Sanse, Dominican/21 Divisions, Haitian/Ginen Vodou, including Haitian secret magical societies like the Mayaka (pure Petro), Gran Bwa stands in the middle of it all. Gran Bwa resides in the Vilokan, the tremendous primordial forest of the heavenly realm of the Loa called Ginen. He is the most prominent and most potent Loa in the Vilokan, keeping order both natural and supernatural.
Gran Bwa's mysteries are like his roots, deep and vast. Without him, no genuinely effective magic can take place as he holds the secrets to all the herbs, roots, branches, and leaves. He can deny someone their connection to the forces of nature and cut them off from gaining the necessary power from it. With those same herbs, roots, sticks, and leaves, Bran Gwa can make baths and washes, which will break the strongest of black magic and cleanse away all evil, or he can empower them, giving a tremendous advantage to an individual who has taken steps to earn his teaching.
In Puerto Rican Vodou-Sanse, two Saints walk with the mystery of Gran Bwa. Saint Sebastian and Sait Jude. Saint Sebastian is sometimes seen carrying Gran Bwa's more aggressive actions, he is Petro if you will. Saint Jude then carries Gran Bwa's more elevated, and Rada nature. While this can be true, Saint Sebastian, lest where Sanse is concerned, carries the Taino people's mystery of a man, a warrior, and a talented singer lashed tightly to a Ceiba. In his suffering, he sings out to his Gods and the woman he loves. They grant him mercy. It's a mystery story, so I can't say more, but this helped give birth to what Sanse or Puerto-Rican Vodou is now. Gran Bwa is seen as the sacred Ceiba tree, and the man's blood from the thorns feed is roots. A sacrifice made for others and largely why Sase in a bloodless tradition. Direct parallels
can be drawn between the wooden cross and the crucifixion of Jesus. The last blood sacrifice God would accept.
Because Gran Bwa stands at the crossroad of both religion and sorcery, there is literally nothing he cannot do. All one needs to do is ask. For any reason you need, Gran Bwa is the Shade tree, Giving tree, Medicine tree, and the Hanging tree all at the same time. Tell me what you require of Gran Bwa, and we'll go to the Vilokan together to ask him.
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