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Orishas

Orishas by Noire3000 James C. LewisThe Orishas
From Orishanet

The orishas are the emissaries of Olodumare or God almighty. They rule over the forces of nature and the endeavors of humanity. They recognise themselves and are recognised through their different numbers and colors which are their marks, and each has their own favorite foods and other things which they like to receive as offerings and gifts. In this way we make our offerings in the manner they are accustomed to, in the way they have always received them, so that they will recognise our offerings and come to our aid.

The orishas are often best understood by observing the forces of nature they rule over. For instance, you can learn much about Oshún and her children by watching the rivers and streams she rules over and observing that though she always heads toward her sister Yemayá (the Sea) she does so on her own Continue reading

Oshun Lures Ogun

Oshun OrishaOshún Lures Ogún From the Forest
From Orishanet

Though he worked in the city as the blacksmith of orishas and humanity, part of Ogún’s heart always remained in the forest. As the years went by, Ogún began to tire of the city and the constant work he had to perform. Though he remembered having cursed himself before Obatalá to a life of hard labor, he began to feel he was powerful enough that none of the orishas had the strength to stop him from doing whatever he felt like doing. And what he wanted to do was to retreat to the forest and leave the the city Ilé Ifé and all his troubles behind. So one day, without warning, he merely disappeared into the forest.

It didn’t take long for his absence to become noticed as virtually everything ground to a halt for want of a blacksmith to create the tools necessary for day to day life. One by one, all the orishas with the Continue reading

Ogun

Ogun - ogunorgukOGUN (Ogu, Ogoun and Ogum)

Oriki

Ogun awo, Olumaki, alase ajuba
Ogun ni jo ti ma lana lati ode
Ogun oni’re onile kangun-dangun ode Orun, egbe lehin
Pa san bo pon ao lana to
Imo kimo ‘bora, egbe lehin a nle a benge logbe

Ogun, chief of strength, owner of power, I salute you
Ogun dances outside to the open road
Ogun, owner of good fortune, owner of many houses in the realm of the ancestors, help those who journey
Remove the obstructions from our path
Wisdom of the warrior spirit, guide us on our spiritual journey with strength
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Homage to Ogun, the bleeding of the flesh wound
Homage to Otarigidi, Ogun’s Godmother
Homage to Omobowu and Ewiri-Maje, Ogun’s wives

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OGUN is primal energy. The word Ogun, with the appropriate tonal changes, can be translated to mean war, Continue reading

Oshun

Oshun 10 - ashesanteriaThe Multidimensional OSUN (Oshun, Ochun, Oxum)
By Awo Dino

I dedicate this work to all our beautiful black (and brown) sisters here at destee.com, and throughout the Diaspora. Our Mothers, who have toiled relentlessly, who have suffered silently, who have carried a people on their backs for 400 years. Hopefully, Osun can inspire you to keep it moving, with confidence and positive energy; that when you look at your sister, you see yourself, and you love yourself. From Myself and all the brothers, we love you, our sisters, our Mothers. Ase.

Iba Osun sekese
Praise to the Goddess of Mystery
Latojoku awede we ‘mo
Spirit that cleans me inside out
Iba Osun Olodi
Praise to the Goddess of the river
Latojoku awede we ‘mo
Spirit that cleans me inside out
Iba Osun ibu kole
Praise to the Goddess of Seduction
Latojoku awede we ‘mo
Spirit that cleans me inside out
Yeye kari
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Cuban Santeria – The Seven Powers

Siete Potencias AfricanasTHE SEVEN AFRICAN POWERS
SIETE POTENCIAS
By Cat Yronwode

The religion of the West African Yoruba people was forced underground by centuries of slavery in the Americas. Several hybrid forms of worship, of which the best known is Santeria, were created by deliberate conflation of Yoruba spiritual entities with Catholic ones.

The Yoruba people of West Africa recognize three levels of spiritual force: one creator god called Olodumare; numerous nature or messenger spirits (similar to Christian angels) called the orishas, and the revered spirits of the dead, called the eggun. Continue reading

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