Vévé are the geometrical drawings that represent the lwa, that is, the Haitian deities of Vodu.
Each lwa has its own emblem, and vévé are therefore numerous and varied. The central elements are a heart for Ezili Freda, the lwa of femininity and love; two snakes, for the cosmic snakes, Danbala-Wedo and his wife Aida-Wedo; a boat for Agwe, the lwa of the sea; a cutlass (sabre) for Ogu, the lwa of war; a cross for Papa Legba, the guardian of the crossroads and so on.
Vévé can be quite elaborate or simple. They are drawn on the (Earth) floor of the peristyle (Vodu temple) using cornmeal or ashes, and their realization, usually by a Houngan (Vodu priest) or Mambo (Vodu priestess), requires a great deal of expertise and skills. Vévé are central to Vodu rituals because they are meant to compel the descending or ascending of the spiritual energy associated with a particular lwa.