Ayida Wedo & the World Egg
Protector of the Cosmos
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Ayida Wedo is a loa of fertility, rainbows and snakes, and a companion or wife to Damballa. She represents the sky powers and the rainbow is her symbol. She functions as protector of the cosmos and giver of blessings.
Long ago, the serpent spirit Dambala created the world. He used his 7,000 coils to form the stars and the planets in the heavens and to shape the hills and valleys on earth. He used lightning bolts to forge metals and make the sacred rocks and stones. When he shed his skin he created all the waters on the earth. And when the sun showed through mist settling on the plants and trees a rainbow was born. Her name was Ayida Wedo. Dambala loved her and made her his wife. They are still together today, the serpent and the rainbow. Dambala and Ayida Wedo.
The Rig-Veda says that the incomprehensible divine germ of our universe, " 'the one Lord of all beings . . . the one animating principle of gods and man,' arose, in the beginning, in the Golden Womb, Hiranyagarbha -- which is the Mundane Egg or sphere of our Universe"
One egg's lower half transformed
And became the earth below,
And its upper half transmuted
And became the sky above;
From the yolk the sun was made,
Light of day to shine upon us;
From the white the moon was formed,
Light of night to gleam above us;
All the colored brighter bits
Rose to be the stars of heaven
And the darker crumbs changed into
Clouds and cloudlets in the sky.
Ayeda Wedo and the World Egg
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