Religious Figures of Santeria




Religion of the Orishas


Religious Figures


Divine Correlations


Garments of Worship


Altars of Worship


Music and Dance



Babalú Ayé Babalu Aye is concerned with disease and epidemics.  Originally associated with smallpox, many current worshippers ask him to cure HIV/AIDS. 
Changó Chango is the orisha of thunder, drums and dance.  He is historically a brave warrior king. 
Elegguá 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 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 Ochosi is a hunter.  He is often portrayed with a bow and arrow.  He is also the Orisha that rules justice.
Ochún Ochun is the youngest Orisha.  She symbolizes motherhood and water.  Worshippers ask her for help with love, marriage and fertility. 
Oggún Oggun is a warrior.  He represents machines and metals.  Oggun is often associated with weapons and tools.
  Orula Orula is connected with divination and wisdom.  Orula is often worshipped by priests and priestesses.
  Oyá Oya is a female Orisha who is associated with winds and lightning.  She is a warrior and protector of cemetery gates.
  Yemayá 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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