Yoruba Orishas: Orí
Orí is both an orisha, as well as a metaphyscial concept. He is the god the Yoruba people believe supervises people’s choices in heaven. Literally, ori means ‘head’ or ‘mind’, referring to spiritual intuition and destiny. Orí could be considered as a personal god or a sort of guardian angel, accompanying people for life. When someone has a balanced character, they obtain an alignment with their Orí or divine self. Even the gods are believed to have their own Orí, directing their personal lives. Both men and gods must consult their sacred divination palm-nuts daily in order to learn what their Orí wishes. As such, Orí is both an orisha and a collective concept, who is feared even by Orunmila.