omo ayan, aña, bata, tambores, batalero, talking drums, yoruba, igbodu, our seco, oro seco, ilu bata, bata, orisha, oricha, lukumi, okonkolo, itotele, iya, latopa, aguere, meta de chango, oya, egungun, eshu, echu

Orisha Ayan is spelled differently in Cuba than in Nigeria, it is written Aña. Ayan is the Orisha of drums, especially the bata-drums, and also the name of a tree used for constructing the talking-drum shells. Shango hanged himself on this tree. Ayan thus is "the wood that talks". "Omo Ayan" are the children of Ayan, the initiated drummers belonging to an Ayan-lineage. 

These drummers play a key-part in all Yoruba-rituals and even can enter sacred places that would be taboo for others, as their musical service is essential in Orisha-worship. This is the T-shirt for the bata-drummers out there, with a drawing of a traditional Cuban fundamento set with iron rings attached. There is also another version of this image available, just with the drums.

 

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