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Sosyete du Marche, Inc. Ceremonies and Services

Maraj Lwa: A Mystical Union with the Spirits

A Maraj Lwa (creole for marriage to the Lwa) is a special ceremony with all the planning, pomp and circumstance that we’ve come to associate with any wedding service.

maraj_01There is a minister (called in some areas of Haiti a pret savanne) who performs the religious aspects of the service.  There is wedding cake and champagne, a marriage contract which is binding both in word and vows.  And there are wedding rings which you wear, wedding clothing for both you and the Lwa. Guests are invited to witness the ritual (you’ll need a Maid of honor and a best man!). Gifts for the happy couple, a feast for the guests. It is as elaborate or simple as you wish to make it.

A Maraj Lwa is also more than just a big ceremony and dance. It's a lifetime commitment. This is not a lightly done event! By committing to marriage, you are in effect, a full time  spirit wife or husband. There are obligations and commitment, rituals to be performed and of course, service to be offered for a lifetime. And  unlike a human union, there is no divorce! Marriage is until you pass  from this life into the next. But a life connected so deeply to the Lwa  brings it's own rewards - health, abundance and blessings.

Sosyete du Marche’s Maraj Lwa is an all inclusive event.  We provide the Sosyete’s singers and drummers for the marriage ceremony  itself. We host a champagne and cake reception for up to ten guests. And we offer regular food and drink to everyone present, to complete the  service aspects of the event. You provide the rings, the wedding outfits and the gifts. We can also cater the affair for you as well. As we  said, it can be as elaborate or as simple as you wish to make it.

If you would like to have a Maraj Lwa performed, please contact Mambo Vye Zo and talk to her about the details and arrangements. She will gladly answer any and all questions for you!

For the basic Maraj Lwa performed by Sosyete de Marche


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