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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

Eagle Spirit Feathers

intricate-feather-cutouts-chris-maynard-10Native American Feathers

Native American feathers are an important symbol of the Indian way of life. It is used to represent freedom, power, wisdom, honor, trust, strength, and much more. Feathers were seen in wardrobes, headpieces, adorning their homes, and tattooed on their bodies.

The Native American feather was given as a sign of respect and honor. A Native American who had a personal accomplishment or achieved something great for the tribe was often given feathers by chiefs or elders as a symbol of strength. The Native American with the most feathers in his headdress is usually the chief. Continue reading

E-I of African and African Originated Deities

Earth MotherAfrican and African Originated Deities

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Ebele – Hunter God, former King of Ohumbele – Igbo of Nigeria

Egbe, Egbe Orun – the “heavenly gang” or collective Spirit of various beings (from other planets) living in the Orun, in charge of still waters – Yoruba – they work closely with the Egungun

Egungun – the collective spirit of the ancestors – Yoruba of Nigeria – also: the children of Oya

Ekineba – Mythic being able to visit the gods – Kalabari of Nigeria

Ekwensu – Trickster God of testing, bargaining, cunning and negotiation – Igbo of Nigeria

Elegua, Papa Legba – God of Death, the gatekeeper, guardian of crossroads and doorways – Haiti Vodou and Yoruba of Nigeria

Enkai – God of fertility, maker of rain, Mediator between God and men – Masia of Kenya – wife Olapa, the Moon [may also be Neiterkob (See Netcher Keb/Kab/Geb of Kemet)]

Epilipili – the Creator God – Efe of Congo – has characteristics of the first ancestor and hero Aporofandza

Erinle, Inle (m) – God of health and medicine in general – Yoruba of Nigeria

Erzulie, Erzulie Freda (f) – Goddess of Love, Beauty, Dreams and Creativity, former Sea Goddess – Haitian and Dominican Vodoun, Dahomean in origin – female energy of Legba, but husbands Damballah, Ogoun and Agwe, syncretized with Virgin Mary Continue reading

Brazilian Candomble

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Candomble is an African-Brazilian religion that has around two million followers. At the core of the religion are the traditional African beliefs of Yoruba, Fon and Bantu. Candomble also has elements of Catholicism. At the center of Candomble is God or Oludumare. Deities called orixas (or orishas) serve Oludumare. Candomble does not have any holy scriptures. Teaching are passed on through initiation.

Candomble means “dance in honor of the gods.” Accordingly, dance and music play important roles in the religion.

Candomble History

The roots of Candomble go back to wold religion before colonialism and European enslavement of Continue reading

B-D of African and African Originated Deities

Earth MotherAfrican and African Originated Deities

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Baatsi (m) – Creator God – Efe of Congo

Balewa Yola – Fulani of Nigeria

Babalu Aye (m) – Earth God and God of healing and disease – Orisha of Brazil, originated in West Africa – also called Shanpana / Shakpana / Sopana, also Saint Lazarus of Dives

Bade (m): Loa of the wind – Vodou of Haiti

Bail (m) – Supreme God, giver of life – Dilling of Sudan – using the Arro in the next world to perform his work in the world of the humans

Bakulu (m) and Bakala (f):  Loa of the woods – Vodou of Haiti – also deemed Loa of ruin and misfortune

Buluku, Nana Buluku, Anana Buluku (f): Cosmic Creator Goddess, great grandmother of all the Orisha Vodoun – Mother of cosmic twins Mawu (Moon Goddess) and Lisa (Sun God), the first man and woman

Banga – God of clear waters – Ngbandi of northern Zaire

Baron Del Cementerio (m) – Loa of death – Vodou of Dominican Republic [See Baron Samedi]

Baron Samedi (m): Ghede Loa, keeper of the cemetery and primary contact with the dead – Vodou of Haiti – wife Maman Brigitte [See Ghede] Continue reading

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