Dam-Ayido Wede (Earth-616) from Marvel Zombies Handbook Vol 1 1 001.jpg
Current Alias
Relatives
Buluku (grandfather);

Gaea/Nana (grandmother);
Lusa (father);
Mahu (mother);
Ayida Wede (wife);
Avlekete, Ezili/Oshun, Oya[1] (sisters);
Sagbata/Baron Samedi (twin brother);
Age,[1] Eschu/Eleggua, Legba, Ogun, Shango (brothers);
Anansi (uncle);

numerous others
Status
Living Status
Identity
Citizenship
Ala
Marital Status
Occupation
God of the dead;[1][2] God of serpents;[1][7]
Sky Father (misrepresentation for the Santerian believers)[1]
Characteristics[12]
Gender
Weight
Height
12′ (3.66 m) (Variable)
Eyes

Irises:

Hair
No Hair At All hair (Variable)
Unusual Skin Color
Unusual Features
Usually takes on a large serpentine form: scales
Origin
Origin
Reality
Place of Birth
Creators and Appearances
First Appearance

History

Origin

Dam-Ayido Wede[1] or Dan-Ayido-Hwedo[1][2] was the son of Lusa and Mahu, and twin brother to Sagbata. He was born in Orun, the Great Beyond.[1]

He started as a relatively minor member of the Vodū pantheon.[1][1]

He was either mistaken for the Set-Spawn known as Damballah, or impersonated him, deliberately usurped his identity and worshippers.[1][8][9][10][11]

16th century

In the 16th century, at the start of the Atlantic slave trade, Dam-Ayido followed his enslaved worshippers to the Caribbean and to the USA's Gulf Coast. The slaves sought solace from their ancient gods, combining them with elements from Catholicism[1] and the Holy Roman Church.[1]

Vodū worship was consequently bastardized into:

  • "Vaudou" and later "voodoo" (due to confusion with the French "vaudois", a French heresy) in Saint-Domingue (modern-day Haiti).[1]
  • In Cuba, this merger combined to indigenous American beliefs became known as Santeria.[1]

Dam-Ayido changed his image to comport with Western culture. He adopted the name Damballah and posed as the Vodū Sky Father and creator of the world to his worshipers, usurping his grandfather Buluku and achieving far greater prominence in the New World. Consequently, Damballah was invoked by many Haitian voodoo practitioners, over Lusa, Mahu or Buluku.[1]

Powers and Abilities

Power Grid[13]
Intelligence3
Strength4
Speed3
Durability4
Energy Projection6
Fighting Skills4

Powers

Seemingly those conventional to all Vodū, including:

  • Superhuman physical abilities[1]
    • Superhuman Strength: He can lift 25 tons.[1]
  • High resistance to disease, injury and aging[1]

Though he appears as a snake, he can presumably shapeshift into human or other forms.[1]

He can manipulate certain undefined occult energies associated with curses and the underworld which grants him powers over life and death.[1]

He can grant his mortals followers with powers such as mesmerizing[1] and controlling others.[1]

Notes

  • In the real world Voodoo Religion, Damballah is a benevolent figure, not a villainous one.

See Also

Links and References

Footnotes

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31 1.32 1.33 1.34 1.35 1.36 1.37 1.38 1.39 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Damballah's entry Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #3; Council of Godheads' entry
  3. Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons & Various Monstrosities #1
  4. Deadpool vs. Thanos #3
  5. Avengers #681
  6. Captain America: Hail Hydra #3
  7. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Vodū's entry
  8. Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons & Various Monstrosities #1; Damballah's entry
  9. King Conan #1
  10. King Conan #3
  11. Savage Sword of Conan #31; Hyborian Gazetteer, Forbidden City's entry
  12. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #3, Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons & Various Monstrosities #1, Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1
  13. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #3
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