Initiations into Orisha-worship make use of a red tailfeather of the African grey parrot, called Odide in Yoruba-language. Many Olorisha, especially women, carry them woven into their hair in rituals or even on a daily basis. There are many stories about this famous bird in Yoruba-folktales, basically they talk about envy and malevolence that happened to Odide. At the end he gained victory over his enemies through his beauty and turned misfortune into fortune. It is a strong protection against witchcraft.
So this is the image for the iyawo or any other Olorisha who had been initiated and can remember the times under the protection of this red feather. It is a very simple but strong image.
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