This Shango dance wand is the symbol for the initiates, who carry Shango - a heavy load - on their neck/head, like loads are typically carried in West Africa.
Elegba plays the keyrole to the world of the Orisha, he is the messenger and deliverer of all the sacrifices made to the deities. He is always addressed first in a ritual.
Obatala's name “ọbà tí álá” means "the king of white cloth". Obatala is the supreme Orisha. As the deity of peace, harmony, mercy and purity he is kind and benevolent.
Babaluaye is Yoruba for “father whose reign is the physical earth”. He is feared and known as the Orisha of infectious diseases, feverish infections and epidemics and the healing force.
An Afrocuban set of bata-drums consists of the small drum Okonkolo, the lead-drum Iya and the middle-sized Itotele. Traditionally in Havana they are made of rawhide only.
Shango wears his crown and his typical skirt, that moves like flames of fire while dancing. In his hand he has the double-axe and is standing an a typical posture.
Obatala literally means "King of white cloth". This drawing shows a traditional sacred statue of the Orisha, called "ere", carved out of wood and painted with white chalk, "efun".
Initiations into Orisha-worship make use of a red tailfeather of the African grey parrot, called Odide in Yoruba-language. It is a strong protection against witchcraft.
This logo is made after the Oshun statue located at her central shrine, directly at the Oshun river at the UNESCO world heritage site of the Sacred Grove in Osogbo, Nigeria.
Oshun's image in the diaspora is very seductive and she stands for the beauty of women, yellow is her preferred color.
Sixteen major double figures rule over the 256 possible Odu Ifa. Starting from left to right in lines, written in their traditional binary code. Can you name them all?
Ogun the fierce warrior and hunter wears his mariwo-skirt, made of palmfibre, and has some medicine in his gourds attached. He is holding an iron machete in his hand.
The Yoruba call themselves in their native tongue “Omo Oduduwa”, children of Oduduwa, who was the first ruler of all the Yoruba. His offsprings founded the 16 kingdoms,
One of Orisha Ogun’s praise names is "Aladaa Meji", meaning "the one with two cutlasses", in Spanish "machetes". One he uses to work on the farm, one to clear the road.
Elegba’s symbol in Cuba is the "garabato", a tool used in field work. It is a hooked staff from a Guayaba tree, turned upside down. Its shape reminds on the Nigerian Eshu carvings.
"No plants no Orisha" is the translation of this wellknown Yoruba-proverb. The healing power or "Ashe" of plants is essential for all rituals and for medicine used in initiation ceremonies.