Religious Figures of Santeria

 

 
Santeria

 

Religion of the Orishas

 

Religious Figures

 

Divine Correlations

 

Garments of Worship

 

Altars of Worship

 

Music and Dance

 

References

Babalú Ayé http://www.khm.uio.no/utstillinger/santeria/english/chango.html Babalu Aye is concerned with disease and epidemics.  Originally associated with smallpox, many current worshippers ask him to cure HIV/AIDS. 
Changó http://www.khm.uio.no/utstillinger/santeria/english/chango.html Chango is the orisha of thunder, drums and dance.  He is historically a brave warrior king. 
Elegguá http://www.khm.uio.no/utstillinger/santeria/english/chango.html Eleggua is the divine messenger.  He is related to new endeavors and crossroads.  Eleggua is characteristically a trickster and must be appeased through opening prayers and songs. 
Obbatalá http://www.khm.uio.no/utstillinger/santeria/english/chango.html Obbatala embodies composure and intelligence.  He was the creator of the human body.  Obbatala is also the protector of the deformed, addicted and mentally ill.
Ochosi http://www.khm.uio.no/utstillinger/santeria/english/chango.html Ochosi is a hunter.  He is often portrayed with a bow and arrow.  He is also the Orisha that rules justice.
Ochún http://www.khm.uio.no/utstillinger/santeria/english/ochun.html Ochun is the youngest Orisha.  She symbolizes motherhood and water.  Worshippers ask her for help with love, marriage and fertility. 
Oggún http://www.khm.uio.no/utstillinger/santeria/english/oggun.html Oggun is a warrior.  He represents machines and metals.  Oggun is often associated with weapons and tools.
  Orula http://www.khm.uio.no/utstillinger/santeria/english/orula.html Orula is connected with divination and wisdom.  Orula is often worshipped by priests and priestesses.
  Oyá http://www.khm.uio.no/utstillinger/santeria/english/oya.html Oya is a female Orisha who is associated with winds and lightning.  She is a warrior and protector of cemetery gates.
  Yemayá http://www.khm.uio.no/utstillinger/santeria/english/yemaya.html Yemaya is the mother of the Orishas.  She rules the oceans, and like them, can be either peaceful or violent. 
African Art Home Orisha information taken from VII    

 

The syncretism of Yoruba belief and Catholicism in Cuba has resulted in the parallelism of divine figures. 

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