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 and the Holy Roman Church.
Vodu 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).
- In Cuba, this merger combined to indigenous American beliefs became known as Santeria.
Dam-Ayido changed his image to comport with Western culture. He adopted the name Damballah and posed as the Vodu 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.
- Superhuman physical abilities
- Superhuman Strength: He can lift 25 tons.
- High resistance to disease, injury and aging
Though he appears as a snake, he can presumably shapeshift into human or other forms.
- Damballah is not to be confused with Damballah, the spawn of Set.
- In the real world Voodoo Religion, Damballah is a benevolent figure, not a villainous one.
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- Damballah at the Guide to the Mythological Universe
- Damballah at the Appendix to the Marvel Universe
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- ↑ 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 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Damballah's entry
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Damballah's entry
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #3; Council of Godheads' entry
- ↑ King Conan #3
- ↑ Marvel Zombies Handbook #1
- ↑ Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Vodu's entry
- ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #3, Marvel Zombies Handbook #1, Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1
- ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #3
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