Olokun (Yoruba: Olóòkun) is an orisha spirit in Yoruba religion. Olokun is believed to be the parent of Aje, the orisha of great wealth and of the bottom of the ocean. Olokun is revered as the ruler of all bodies of water and for the authority over other water deities.
Oshun is especially important to women in West African cultures. Those who want children and who may suffer from infertility usually call on Oshun for assistance , and she is associated with the concepts of femininity and the power of women. More widely, she is sought after in times of drought or severe poverty.
To call upon Her, the proper greeting is, “Ori Ye Ye O”. She is identified with the new crescent Moon and Venus. Her favorite places in the home are in the kitchen and bedrooms. “Oh, my mother Oshun , Queen of rivers and streams.
Oshun often carries a mirror so that she can admire her beauty. She loves honey, sunflowers, oranges, cinnamon, and pumpkin. What day is Oshun ?
|Tuesday||Ojo Isegun – Day of Victory||Ogun, Oshun , Oko, Erinle|
|Wednesday||Ojo Riru or Ru – Day of Confusion||Babalu Aye, Sakpata, Oya, Nana Buruku|
Nigeria. Ṣàngó is viewed as the most powerful and feared of the orisha pantheon. He casts a “thunderstone” to earth, which creates thunder and lightning, to anyone who offends him.
Ọya (Yoruba: Ọya, also known as Oyá or Oiá; Yansá or Yansã; and Iansá or Iansã in Latin America) is an orisha of winds, lightning, and violent storms, death and rebirth. She is similar to the Haitian god Maman Brigitte , who is syncretised with the Catholic Saint Brigit .
Another common initiation is the intitiation into the Seven African Powers (Elegua, Obatala, Oggun, Chango, Yemaya, Oshun, and Orunmilla).
Osun is the orisha of the river. Her devotees leave her offerings and perform ceremonies at bodies of fresh water such as rivers, streams and canals. She is associated with the colors white, yellow, gold, and sometimes coral.
Elegua is especially useful for immigration matters. Sandoval suggests that a popular orisha at the courthouse would probably be Ochosi, the god of hunting, who became identified with jails because of his knowledge of traps and snares. “He can probably help those who have trouble with the law ,” she says.
Often depicted as a queenly mermaid , Yemaya is considered the Ocean Mother Goddess in Santería, an Afro-Caribbean religion practiced around the world. With anchored roots in the Yoruba religion, Yemaya was brought over to the New World by enslaved Africans as early as the 16th century.
There are around 400 orishas , but only 20 are regularly worshiped in Cuba. There’s Ochún, who wears yellow and is associated with the Virgen de la Caridad (the Virgin of Charity).
Yemoja (Yoruba: Yemọja) is a major water spirit from the Yoruba religion. Yemoja is motherly and strongly protective, and cares deeply for all her children, comforting them and cleansing them of sorrow. She is said to be able to cure infertility in women, and cowrie shells represent her wealth.
Cuba’s patron saint, the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre , is also Oshun, the goddess of love and fertility.
Elegua (Yoruba: Èṣù-Ẹlẹ́gbára, also spelled Eleggua ; known as Eleguá in Latin America and Spanish-speaking Caribbean islands) is an Orisha, a deity of roads in the religions of Santeria (Santería), Umbanda, Quimbanda, and Candomblé.
Generally speaking, African religions hold that there is one creator God , the maker of a dynamic universe. Myths of various African peoples relate that, after setting the world in motion, the Supreme Being withdrew, and he remains remote from the concerns of human life.