Veve, from the Haitian Creole veve from Portuguese viver to live, be alive. In ritual use a veve is traditionally made on the ground using lines of cornmeal, ash, or another powdery substance. In voodoo and some other Afro-Caribbean religions: any of various symbols used to represent or summon a particular god or spirit.
A veve is a religious symbol commonly used in different branches of Vodun throughout the African diaspora such as Haitian Vodou. The veve acts as a "beacon" for the Loa or Spirit, and will serve as a loa's representation during rituals.
In Haitian Vodun, Ogoun (or Ogun, Ogou) is a Loa who presides over fire, iron, hunting, politics and war.
He is also considered to be the Father of technology as we know it today. He is the patron of smiths and of the unemployed and is usually displayed with a machete or sabre, rum and tobacco. Ogoun is the traditional warrior, similar to the spirit of Aries in Greek mythology, Heru-Khuti in Kemet/Egypt, and Mars in the astrological tradition.