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Babaluaye is a Yoruba expression and means “father whose reign is the physical earth”. He is feared and known as the Orisha of infectious diseases, feverish infections and epidemics, from the ancient smallpox to modern HIV. Suffering and death are his transformation principles. He is the sickening hot wind that blows over the earth in dry season and rules over bacteria and viruses. As he brings the sickness, the cure lies within his hands. Babaluaye helps his devotees to fight against social exclusion, helps the ones who have been humiliated or rejected and is the patron of the weak members of society and those affected by his force. 

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