The Vodou Fiyah Serpent and the Chakra Tree of Polarity
Each year during the spring equinox the ancient Maya would await the arrival of their god Kukulkan. Arriving as a shadow generated by the sun's position in relation to the earth, he would slither down the steps of the pyramid at Chichen Itza, Mexico. Kukulkan is symbolic of the human spirit and his pyramid represents our descent into gender polarity.
For the European, the god is merely a product of primitive man’s imagination. Yet to his loyal worshippers who are long since deceased, he was the great serpent who bestowed wisdom upon all mankind. The millions of Vodou practitioners across the globe may recognize him as their god, Damballah Wedo. This mutual understanding of religious symbolism shared between indigenous people—who seemingly had nothing to do with one another—brings us to the subject of this blog entry. We will discover how seemingly unrelated religions among people of color are actually reinterpretations of Vodou (pronounced “Vo-Dew”), the African-based spiritual system.
Among Vodou adherents, Damballah is the source of occult wisdom. He is widely believed to be an ancient ancestor who is so old that he cannot even speak. Instead he communicates telepathically through the Fa Frequency. The Fa Frequency is a subsonic transmission of higher consciousness that zig-zags across the all-encompassing black sea of our cosmos. Damballah’s synonymity with the Fa Frequency can be easily proven in the etymological breakdown of his name: “Dam” (Gift), Allah (God), hence “Gift of God”. The letter “B” in “Damballah” is an artificial (B)arrier keeping the masses from the realization of God’s oneness.
In artwork Damballah is usually depicted as a serpent in a tree. According to Vodou cosmology, he and his wife Aida Wedo joined as a double helix of serpents to give birth to humanity. This image of intertwining serpents may be familiar to those who have seen the logo used by the American Medical Association. Western man says that Vodou is nothing more than the crazed superstitions of dumb Africans, yet he uses Vodou iconography to represent one of his most respected institutions of science. Why is that? The double helix formed by Damballah and Aida symbolizes the DNA that links all Black people throughout the globe to a common ancestor. Our ancient African mystics knew the structure of DNA long before James D. Watson and Francis Crick arrived on the scene.
In a video-documentary entitled Voodoo and the Church in Haiti, a Hougan (Vodou priest) goes on record saying that the religion can trace its origin back as far as recorded history goes. Interestingly, there are strong similarities between Damballah and the ancient Sumerian god Enki, who was part of a pantheon of deities known as the Annunaki. Sumer, which was located in what is now Iraq, is one of the world’s oldest civilizations, dating back some 6,000 years. Like Damballah, Enki was the creator of mankind, and the source of profound wisdom. The Sumerian deity was also depicted as a serpent in a tree, just as Damballah is today. This is not by coincidence since the Sumerians were distant descendants of the Yoruba of West Africa from whom the science of Vodou originates on planet Earth. Its interstellar origin is Ifa, the Magic City of the Sun which is itslef the local broadcasting station for the Fa Frequency. The Babylonian Tablet of Destiny and the Chinese I-Ching are all based on the Ifa oracle system’s binary code which was introduced by the Yoruba, who are the planetary diplomats of Ifa. The world’s first king, who was ordained as such by the Annunaki, was also a distant descendant of these West Africans.
The image of the serpent is certainly familiar to readers of the Bible. What Bible readers must understand, however, is that the ancient Hebrews—who are the forbearers of the Bible legacy through the Torah—borrowed much of their cosmology from the ancient Babylonians, who in turn borrowed from the Sumerians who came from West Africa. No honest rabbi or Christian minister would object to the Babylonian influence on the Torah and Talmud. To this day, the most venerated version of the Talmud among Jews is the Babylonian Talmud. The month of Tammuz in the Jewish calendar was named after an ancient Babylonian deity. Don't take my word for it though, look into it for yourself.
Unless a person has studied the Sumerian clay tablets along with Vodou cosmology, it would be rather difficult to get a full understanding of what the serpent in the Book of Genesis represents. You see, wisdom is obtained from understanding the knowledge you’ve acquired. The most assured way to obtain knowledge is through life experience. If Adam never bit the apple, he would not have had the experiences necessary to appreciate what is good over what is evil. To have this appreciation, you must have knowledge of good AND evil. The longer you live your life, the better you will understand the root of evil, it’s very make up. It is no coincidence that the word “Devil” is actually the word “liveD” spelled backwards. In one respect, a "devil" is merely someone who has "lived" their life. A god is one who has become Wise from the lessons learned as a result of living that life. You will discover that the serpent told Eve the absolute truth concerning the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil while the rank-and-file Annunaki-Elohim lied for their own reasons (Genesis, 3: 1-22). Eve was not responsible for the fall of Adam. She was the one behind his liberation. Through her inquisitiveness Eve freed Adam from the ignorance that is inherent to perfection. In other words, if you know everything then you don't Know anything, because you need a frame of perception to be conscious of that which you are percieving. Without that frame around your awareness there is no perception and therefore no knowledge. This is why we departed from Kether--for the chance to obtain perception which leads to knowledge. God learns from man how to become a better Generator Operator and Destroyer, just as a mother learns how to become a better woman from her child.
However, when the Vodou practitioners of ancient Sumer referred to the serpent Enki as the progenitor of mankind, they never believed that they were literally created by an actual snake squirming around in a tree. The Sumerians were smarter than that. For them, the serpent was representative of what the Vedic scriptures of ancient India call “Kundalini.” It is the feminine/sexual energy that animates the physical body of every human being. It’s the same energy that compels a pubescent teenage boy to masturbate constantly—not because he wants to, but because he HAS to if he wishes to retain some semblance of sanity. This sexual energy has its greatest potential for expression in the body of the adult black male. By applying the use of metaphor and symbolism, the Sumerians were actually saying that we are all born of the spirit in their use of serpentine iconography.
Eve and the biblical serpent are one and the same. That’s why she is the only one who actually sees, and speaks with the serpent in the Garden of Eden. The name “Eve” is an Anglicized version of the Hebrew name “Havva” which means “The Living One.” Kundalini—the living feminine energy that is the life force of every human being—means “serpentine fire” in Sanskrit. Eve the serpent is symbolic of the spiritual energy within man that compels him to depart from the ignorance of paradise (Crown Chakra) to pursue the path of wisdom which only comes from experience. The apple eaten by Adam—who is actually another aspect of Eve, the spirit, in its degenerative physical form—represents the Root Chakra, the seat of man’s primal energy which is identifiable with the color red. It is Eve who eats the red “apple.” But since Adam, Eve and the serpent are all one, the act is attributed to Adam because he embodies the degenerated, post-Hermaphroditic, Kabbalistic Adam Kadmon projected onto Assiah, which is the gender-polarized plane of physical existence which we all occupy at this moment. The Tree of Life bears fruit, and those fruit are the seven chakras. The sweetest among them is the apple and it is the fruit of polarity which is the casue of duality.
Israeli anthropologist, Zecharia Sitchin, who has studied the Sumerian Cuneiform writings for over 30 years has gone even further to establish a link between Sumerian and classical African religion, although it probably was not his intenton. In addition to being one of the main deities of Sumer, Sitchin says that Enki was the lord of Africa, which he claims the Sumerians called AB.ZU. For many of us, there couldn’t possibly have been a connection between Sumer and Black Africa. However, you have to first understand that the term “Middle East” is a play on words, because geographically speaking, Africa IS in the middle east! This is a political ploy purposefully implemented to create an artificial cultural barrier between Africa and the ancient civilizations it birthed in Iraq and Iran.
When the Bible refers to Kush we know it is talking about the Nubian empire and not some other place at the border of Afghanistan because Kush, as it is referred to in the Jewish Torah (Bereshit, 2:13) is called Ethiopia in the King James Bible (Genesis, 2:13). As most African historians know, “Ethiopia” was the generic name that the ancient Greeks gave to Nubia. The Bible was written in Greek before it was translated into Latin, German, and eventually English. That’s why the Bible makes reference to “Ethiopia,” while the Torah makes reference to “Kush” in their corresponding verses. Whenever you see a reference to Ethiopia in the Bible you are actually reading about Nubia—which included modern day Ethiopia, and the Sudan. Thus Nimrod was a Black Kushite colonizer of Sumer (Sumer is called Shinar in the Book of Genesis).
As you now know, Vodou is an African Tree of Life whose branches spread far and wide—from the eastern lands of Central Asia, to the shores of South America. As the environment in which Black people live changes, so do the names and symbols of the loa (gods). Nevertheless, the Black essence is still there if you have the eyes to see.