7 Chief Loa: Tinjo Alawe

archangelraphaelQuite and ever-present, the loa of Indio/Taino origin, Tinjo Alawe expresses the values of the river the Taino people revere so much. Tinjo Alwae rarely speaks, and in some lineages of Vodou, he never speaks. He communicates through intelligent hand gestures with deeply layered meaning, and to the priesthood and the baptized, Tinjo Alawe speaks telepathically. Tinjo Alawe is an exceedingly elevated loa, on the same level with Belie Belcan. Like the relationship between Archangel Michael and Belie Belcan, Tinjo Alawe shares a close working relationship with Archangel Raphael. Tinjo Alawe and Archangel Raphael are so intertwined in purpose; Archangel Raphael shares his image with Tinjo Alawe.

Tinjo Alawe is from the Taino people. He is a loa who is not of African origin. Within Dominican and Puerto-Rican traditions of Vodou, 1/3 of the loa are from the Taino, the Caribbean, and Arawak indio people. Tinjo Alawe is the head of that grand Indio Division, or Nation, of spirits, and loa/mysteries. A spiritual healer par-excellence and stalwart guardian. Tinjo Alawe enjoys keeping in the background, and silently observing, his keen eyes on the lookout for danger.

Also from the Indio division hails a powerful spirit called El Rei del Agua Dulce (King of the Sweet Waters). He shares the image of John the Baptist. It is through the authority of Tinjo Alawe which El Rei del Aqua Dulce licenses the initiating baptisms essential to Vodou. Without Tinjo Alawe there could be no transmission of Vodou,

Tinjo Alawe is the embodiment of walk softly but carries a big stick. His quiet demeanor, and easy-going nature,(common among Indio peoples), sadly make others consider him a pushover. Nothing could be further from the truth. His tranquility can become an earth trembling war cry, complete with a stone ax, bow and arrow, and war club.

Tinjo Alawe can be consulted for any reason but is regularly called on for healing, purification, good fortunes, spiritual progression, and protection.

Do you feel called to know more about or work deeper with Tinjo Alawe? If so, consider joining our temple.

-Kevin Wikse

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Kevin Wikse or Papa Machete que ganas todas las Batalas is a world-renown circus trained Strongman, Occultist, Martial Artist, Remote-Viewer, Psychic Investigator, researcher, Voudu and Palo Mayombe Priest, author, activist, and adventurer. Spiritual Father of the Temple of the Machete Who wins all Battles, Papa Machete welcomes all people, of any race, gender, orientation or ability. His only conditions are that you love God, love humanity and are willing to stand for what is truly right, not just what is popular.

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