The Mapou TreeThat mapou, or silk-cotton, tree is specifically sacred to Gran Bwa. It is native to Haiti and was made nearly extinct in the 20th centuries by opponents of Vodou. It is a mapou tree that is seen as connecting the material and spirit worlds (Vilokan), which is represented in the courtyard of Vodou temples by a central pole. Gran Bwa is often also seen as a guardian and protector of the ancestors who have always traveled from this world to the next.
Hidden KnowledgeHealing, secrets and magic are also associated with Gran Bwa as he hides certain things from the prying eyes of the uninitiated. He is called upon during initiation ceremonies. It is also within his branches that the serpent Damballah-Wedo can be found.
Lwa Family: Petro
Associated Catholic Saint: St. Sabastian, who was tied to a tree before being shot with arrows.
Holiday: March 17 (St. Patrick's Day)
Offerings: Cigars, leaves, plants, sticks, kleren (a type of rum)
Colors: Brown, green