In Dominican vodou Lubana is a Guedesa from the Black division, who is under the leadership of Baron Del Cementerio. Certain caballos does not understand the true mysteries containing this Guedesa. Lubana is a lwa/force of hot energy in the form of a snake, it’s said she has no genitalia, however her snake form represents a penis and the venom within represents the mysteries of life and death. She works with fire and is considered to be a hot sexual lwa. We invoke her to dominate the ground and the five senses, for example when dealing with a cold man Lubana is invoked to heat up and dominate him by attacking the feet, she brings him back to the women submitting and crawling like a snake.
Lubana works in the cemetery along with Baron, La Barona, Papa Guede and Guedelia. When Baron is occupied sometimes he sends Lubana to mount and remove all obstacles. Lubana arrives in possession hissing and crawling around on the ground, the mounted individual hair stands up with great static. She crawls around almost everyone present specially men, cleaning them and the whole atmosphere then making her way to the front entrance disposing of all negative forces.
I would like to note, Lubana does not speak during possession, she tends to communicate spiritually/mentally while being serviced. Also she is not married to Baron, she just works with him and the image that represents them are placed next to the image associated with Guede in a Dominican badji.
There is a myth in Dominican vodou, when Lubana gets tired of a servitors man she takes him away and brings a new one to serve her needs. My suggestion is always service and take care of her with the deepest respect. When servicing or invoking her remember snakes eat eggs and crawls on soil.
In Dominican vodou we do not associate Lubana with any catholic Saint, she is associated with Marta La Dominadora. Marta La Dominadora origins can be traced back to Africa, legend has it she dominated a snake using her powerful flute saving a little boy from harm.
Since Lubana dominates the feet and five senses we use everything by five, for example five cinnamon sticks, five drops of snake oil, five mechas used in oil lamps etc. Usually when we perform a wanga with her we use things that come from the ground, such as roots, herbs, soil, sugarcane etc.
Lubana works wangas with Sili Quenua (Sili Quenua is associated with Santa Martha, who’s image depicts her holding a torch standing next to a dragon.), to dominate an individual. Sili Quenua dominates mainly the head, wangas under her punto usually consist of a green coconut, since she controls the seven thoughts we use everything by seven. Both Lubana and Sili Quenua can be invoked to work wangas with Jan Fego/Lafego, associated with San Marco del Leon.
In a badji for Lubana we keep the image we associate her with on the ground next to Baron and Guedes, also two imitation snakes and a bottle of sweet or sour malta are kept next to her. On Mondays we offer her black coffee and a white candle; praying three our father, three hail Mary and three glory.
When a caballo does not sense Lubana’s presence, we heat her up by offering a plate of yellow cornmeal cooked with sweets, such as cinnamon, anis de estrella, sweet cloves, sugar etcâ€¦
Lubana is very hard working and powerful. Once I had moved her service from the badji, my cat Ache was laying on the floor then suddenly for no reason he jumped up with fear and started to hiss, I believe she saw Lubanaâ€™s snakes.
Her feast day is July 29
Her colors are: Green, purple, black, red, brown, when working with her we use strong dark colors.
She loves to work with oil lamps, snake oil carabanchel oil, and iguereta oil etcâ€¦
Numbers are: 5,8, 9 and 29
Her elements are earth and fire
On the image associated with her, we place one green or purple fula wrap around her waist with perfume.Show