~ Shango – Orisha Of Drumming, Dancing, Thunder, Fire, Male Virility, and Leadership ~

SYNCRETISM: St. Barbara PALO ASSOCIATION: Siete Rayos ANIMALS: Cats, both large and small, Cardinals, Golden Tamarin Monkeys, Red Siamese fighting fish, Turtles AREAS OF INFLUENCE: Life, Virility, Justice, Protection, Magick, The Element of Fire, Lightning and Thunder, Drumming ATTRIBUTES Double-edged ax, beaded or painted in red and white; the Oshe Change, a large cup where he prepares his magic … Continue reading ~ Shango – Orisha Of Drumming, Dancing, Thunder, Fire, Male Virility, and Leadership ~

~ Obba – Orisha Of Marriage and Personal Transformation ~

SYNCRETISM: Saint Catherine and Saint Rita ATTRIBUTES: Interlocking Wedding Rings, Head Scarves in Her Colors That Cover Ears and Neck, The Double Swords (Two Machetes) With Attached Scarves, A Baby Sling, Red And White Hearts, Red, White, Pink Roses or Other Flowers AREAS OF INFLUENCE: Marriage, Stability Within The Home BEVERAGES: Pink Champange COLOR: Pink with gold trimmings DAYS OF … Continue reading ~ Obba – Orisha Of Marriage and Personal Transformation ~

Communal Taboos In Ifa/Orisha Communities Part 2

Agbo ato, Continuing on about communal taboos in Ifa spiritual communities I believe that there is a clear taboo against sexism. This taboo works both ways, men are not better than women and women are not better than men. There is a concept in Ifa that I call gender equity, a concept where both men … Continue reading Communal Taboos In Ifa/Orisha Communities Part 2

Communal Taboos In Ifa/Orisha Communities Part 1

Agbo ato, I have discussed the personal taboos related to the development of iwa pele, I would like to discuss what can be considered the communal taboos of traditional Ifa. They are specifically taboos against; racism, sexism and homophobia. This is a tricky topic because the scriptural references in Ifa to communal taboo are not … Continue reading Communal Taboos In Ifa/Orisha Communities Part 1