The word ‘Lukumí’ has a long history. See historic documents and read a summary of its various interpretations in academic papers and other books.
Read about 100 Yorùbá animal names based on a Cuban Lukumí vocabulary list.
Àdùnní Olórìṣà Susanne Wenger wrote a guide for visitors to the Sacred Grove of Ọ̀ṣun Òṣogbo. Get this rare first-hand information now online!
A review of Yorùbá language courses availabe on the market today, for the Yorùbá students and olorisha worldwide.
You are looking for a good Yorùbá dictionary? Here’s a review of 21 of them, including some diaspora vocabulary books.
A semi-professional guide leading you through common problems with publishing (Orisha literature) in Yorùbá language.
The ‘shere’ rattle and the ‘oshe’ double-axe are the typical instruments for the Shango worshippers.
A drawing of a classical Shango shrine figure, here painted in deep blue like painted with indigo dye.
‘Omo Orisha’ means ‘Child Of Orisha’ and refers to initiates, here written in correct Yoruba orthography.
Orunmila is the Orisha of destiny and babalawo use an "opon Ifa", a Yoruba divination tray, to tell their clients about the future.
"Ifa gbe wa ooo" is Yoruba language for "Ifa support us!" The drawing shows a divination tray painted with indigo dye.
Ache! Axé! Àse! or Ashe! - it means the same everywhere: So be it!
"Awo" is Yoruba language for "secret" or also used to name initiated Olorisha and Ifa priests. It is part of "babalawo", literally "father who has the secret".
An “ere alubata”, a carved shrine figure showing a Yoruba bata-drummer, colored in indigo dye.
Shango was once living as the Alaafin and ruling over the Oyo Kingdom, which was famous for its cavalry.
‘Shekere’ is originally a Yoruba word. The gourd with a beaded net is very common in Brazil and Cuba.