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This is the top of a traditional Osanyin staff made of iron, used by the herbalists and occultists, in Cuba called Osainistas or in Yoruba Olosanyin. Orisha Osanyin can communicate with plants and animals and is able to change himself into a bird to move between heaven and earth. One large bird is surrounded by sixteen smaller ones, a symbol for the power the priest has over witchcraft and for the protection Osanyin offers from negative forces or diseases. Osanyin the god of plants  works closely together with Orunmila, many Babalawo are also initiated into Osanyin.  

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