On July 29th, we celebrated the feast day of the beautiful and incredibly powerful lwa, Filomena Lubana. Her names include Santa Marta La Dominadora, Metresa Lubana, Metresa Marta Pye, La Colora, La Culebra, and La Morena. Santa Marta la Dominadora lives in the cemetery and comes in the form of a snake. She cleanses spaces of negativity and circles around men to cleanse their auras, making them more attractive to women. Many petition her to dominate men, situations, and enemies. She can also help bring out the truth.
In Sanse (Puerto Rican Vodou), each spirit syncs with a Catholic saint. Filomena Lubana syncs with Saint Martha, sister of Mary Magdalene and Lazarus. When we serve Filomena Lubana, we offer her coffee grounds with cinnamon, cloves, and star anise smothered in honey with an egg on top, dark flowers, orchids, black beans and rice, grape soda, black coffee, menthol cigarettes, cigars, anchovies, herring, and dry red wine. Her colors are green, purple, black, and red, though she likes all dark colors. She is served on the floor because she is a snake.
Her images often depict her holding a small boy. Based on African folklore, she came across an orphan boy in the grips of a snake in a cemetery. She rescued the child by charming the snakes and raised him as her own.
Our Filomena Lubana products are handcrafted with the highest quality traditional and divined ingredients available. We have available Filomena Lubana oil, candles, herbs, and soap.