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The Yoruba Orishas

Way back in February for Black History Month, I completed a blog study on the Yoruba orishas, as depicted by Atlanta-based photographer James C. Lewis at Noire3000 Studios. In the event you missed it, please take some time to educate yourself. The orisha (also spelled orisa, orichá; or orixá in Latin America) are spirits believed to […]

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Yoruba Orishas: Olorun

Olòrún is the owner of the heavens and is commonly associated with the sun. The vital energy of Olòrún manifests in humans as ashé, which is the life force that runs through all living things. The Supreme God, Olòrún, has three manifestations: Olodumare, the Creator; Olòrún, ruler of the heavens; and Olofi, who is the conduit between orun (heaven) and ayé (earth). Olòrún rules orun, […]

Yoruba Orishas: Babalú-Ayé

Babalú-Ayé (also known as Omoluaye, Asojano, or Shopona) translates as “Father, Lord of the Earth”, pointing to his authority over all earthly things – including the body, wealth and physical possessions. He is the orisha strongly associated with infectious disease and healing. In West Africa, he is specifically associated with smallpox, leprosy, influenza, ebola, and […]

Yoruba Orishas: Oko, Orisha of Agriculture

Oko (also Orishaoko, Orishaoco or Ocó in Latin America) is the god of agriculture, farming, fertility, and life and death. It is said that he sprung from the body of Yemaja. He is known to be one of the hardest working orishas, as it is his job to feed humanity and keep the crop cycles […]