We met Thomas Altmann, musician, babalawo and author of “Cantos Lucumí a los Orichas”, for an extensive interview about Santería, ritual music and his work dedicated to the Yorùbá religion.
This fascinating stop-motion movie tells the Yorùbá story of the world's creation. We spoke with the directors about Afro-Brazilian culture, the “Law 10.639” and the fight against racism.
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.
The profit made by selling all the Oshun T-shirts will be donated to the Susanne Wenger Foundation for saving the heritage of Adunni Olorisa at the Sacred Oshun Grove in Osogbo, Nigeria. Buying a T-shirt supports Yoruba culture.