Obatala's name comes from Yoruba “ọbà tí álá”, the king of white cloth. He is also called “Òòṣàálá”, Orisha of white cloth, or Òòṣànlá, the great Orisha. He is a kind of father to all the Yorùbá deities. Obatala is considered to be the oldest and most complete among them, the supreme Orisha, the other ones are like his offsprings. He is the transcendental white light, that is a composition of all the colors of the rainbow. As the deity of peace, harmony, mercy and purity he is kind and benevolent, well-balanced and patient. Obatala is the wisest of all the Orisha, intelligent, concentrated and gentle.
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