|Spheres of Influence:
Children, fertility, medicine.
||Baby goat stew wrapped in banana leaves, toys, candy, fizzy drinks,
St. Cosmas and St. Damian
"Twins are sacred because they are living representations
of the balancing forces found throughout Vodou belief. Together,
they represent both the human and the divine, the mortal and the
immortal. They form a connection between the physical world and
the world of the spirits, and they live in both worlds. Some practitioners
of Vodou believe that they are even more powerful than the lwa because
of the union they symbolise." [Turlington:2002]
One of the ideas that's always fascinated me about the worship
of twins in Vodou relates to the idea of balance and unity. Many
neo-pagans talk about the importance of duality and polarity --
and the twins seem to represent the same notion in Vodou. But our
everyday idea of twins is one of same-ness whereas our notion of
polarity is one of opposition.
Another key idea -- perhaps also seen in the saying that the whole
is greater than the sum of its parts -- is seen in the relationship
between the twins and the number three. Haitian families treat twin
children specially, but the child that comes after the twins is
even more special.