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myoruba:

Nana Burukú is the great grandmother to all of the orishas. Also known as Nana, Buku or Nana Buluku and she is praised more in Candomble than in Yoruba tradition in which she is starting to rise more and more each day. She is the primordial mother of the universe and of the earth. Nana Burukú is in charge of all maternal issues pertaining to females. She is the spirit of the earth and the moon. Nana Burukú is a wise old woman you likes to tend to herself watching over her grandchildren and the earth. She is petitioned for health issues or to help aide in a pregnancy whether if it is to obtain or destroy a pregnancy. When I say destroy a pregnancy I don’t mean for anyone who doesn’t want a baby to go to her and she will help you destroy it. I mean she aides in raped pregnancies and from that she is also an orisha of justice when rape or wrong maternal instincts are at bay. Nana Burukú essence was here long before the essence of the earth. She is the rays and the motion of the moon. When Olodumare made the earth it was Nana Burukú who was in charge of looking down on the earth and with her light from the moon to navigate us humans on earth.

Nana Burukú is seen near rivers and oceans. She is the ultimate mother of the waters especially the sweet river waters. Oshun domain is the sweet river waters, but its through her mother Nana Burukú, where she gets the river waters from. Nana Burukú waters come from those high secretly places high up in the mountains were streams flow down from and form the rivers and the lagoons. She is also seen in the middle of whirlpools where her offerings are left. The woody marsh areas as well belong to Nana Burukú.

Nana Burukú is the grandmother of all of the orishas as she was married to Obatala at one point and she nurtured them when they were born. People say that Yembo and Nana Burukú are the same entity. I can see where they would say that but I believe they are 2 different orishas with the same manifestation. Yembo gave birth to the orishas and Nana Burukú looked after them from the sky and nurtured them all. When Nana Burukú was in the Yoruba cult, she was in the manifestation of Yembo who was violated by her son Ogun. Due to that disgrace she fled to Dahomey and the regions of Brazil where she was recognized as the great Nana Burukú. Her name means “The great wise Buruku” or “Wicked Grandmother” and to this I say she is not wicked. Nana Burukú is a strict orisha and does not like disrespects in any shape or form. She is that grandmother that your mom or dad would send you to get disciplined.

Nana Burukú is the mother of Asojano, the orisha of disease and epidemics, Ochumaré, the rainbow god and Iroko, the spirit of the cieba tree. Her spells range from different angles and work immensely powerful. Nana Burukú doesn’t like anything to do with metal due to the disrespect of her son Ogun and due to that her sacrificial animals are not sacrificed using a knife. Her sacrificial implement is a knife made out of bamboo material. This knife is sharpen and it lives with her. Her sacrificial foods are sacrificed in a different manner unlike the other orishas. Since she is the spirit that embodies the universe, her animals are suffocated in water where she consumes the spirit or ashe of the animal. Once she has consumed the spirit then her bamboo knife is used to finish the sacrifice. She does not like to hear any noise so that’s another reason why her animals cries are suffocated before giving to her. Usually her animals are sent to the woods where a river or lake is found. If its near the ocean even better.

Nana Burukú is kept in a clay pot exactly like Asojano but in a different size. As long as it’s a terra cotta bowl it makes no difference. Her pot is painted in pink and black which are her colors and inside her vessel is where the secrets of Nana Burukú are kept. Alongside her, the 2 bamboo knives are kept and you can decorate her with her beads and shells. She also takes an Ajá 9spiritual broom) in the shape of a hook where she is believed to guide her children on the righteous path. Her number is 7 and she likes to be secluded alongside Asojano and his family. She doesn’t like to be seen and away from any type of light. She is not allowed no way near Ogun in the priest/ess house or orisha worship room. When she is received just as Yembo, Ogun is to be covered with a white sheet and placed outside until the ceremony is completely done. When Nana Burukú as well as Yembo eats, Ogun should not be in the room, if not taken out and his knife should not be in presence of this orisha.

Source: 101.myyoruba.com

myoruba:

Orisha Olokun

(En Español: http://101.myyoruba.com/pataki-de-olokun/?lang=es)

Olokun is the orisha that resides in the bottom of the ocean. He is an androgynous orisha that can turn into any shape or form. Olokun is half man and half mermaid. In some houses, Olokun is a female but the majority including myself sees him as a man. Olokun is the depths of the ocean floor. He resides where no man can reach. The only ones who knows of his domain are Olokun himself, Olofi and Olodumare. His domain is a dark solitude area of water and rocks. Not all fishes can swim to his domain. He is represented by both the living and the dead. Olokun’s kingdom is one of the biggest cemeteries ever. Everything sinks to the bottom of the ocean. Its there where Yemaya gives him all the cadavers of the world that happens in her waters.

Olokun is one of the biggest, and usually the orisha that one receives after “The Warriors”. He is given to ensure health, prosperity and foundation in ones life. He hides all the riches at the bottom of the ocean for his petitioners. In the house of his followers, he lives in a blue and white tureen which holds his secrets. His secrets were given to mankind by Olofi. Olofi is one of the only ones who know his secrets. He is said to reside somewhere dark in the house of his followers. This reason for this is because no light ever hit’s the bottom of the ocean.

Olokun is very mysterious and has a compulsive temper. He is said to be chained to the bottom so his rage would not come upon the lands of the earth. Olokun is petitioned especially for health. He is an orisha that can bring that in seconds. His color is blue with off white. His number is 7 or 9. He is the true ruler of the ocean water but through Olofi the superficial part was given to Yemaya. He takes a mask that he wears. Both santeros and babalows give this orisha, different secrets but they are both the same entity.

Source: 101.myyoruba.com

white—witch:

Obatala - My father, my friend, my hope

Obatala on a beautiful white African Elephant

white—witch:

Obatala - My father, my friend, my hope

pacomdfacs:

So rich, that they even portrayed #Afrocaribean traditions like this #Aña to the #Orisha #Shango, the deity of #Masculinity, #War #Music #Divination and lets not forget #Fire. Maferefun Shango (at MTA Subway - 110th St (6))

I work for NYC Transit, and never came across this.
I’m going to have to make a trip one day to see this beautiful piece of art.
Maferefun Shango!

myoruba:

Aggayú Solá(En Español: http://101.myyoruba.com/el-primer-hijo-aggayu-sola/?lang=es)
Oddua and Yembo had shared some time together upon the earth and they noticed that the darkness was great. There was no illumination upon the earth and one day Yembo felt a odd stir in her womb. She began to feel odd and her body was changing.
A few months later from the love they had consummated. Waters began to flow from between Yembo’s legs , directly after she began with pains that would come and subside with her belly.
Oddua had been away surveying the lands and the pains of Yembo grew worse. So she squatted down as close to the earth as she could. The pains now closer and closer and a drop of sweat appeared upon her brow .
It was then that the first child of Oddua and Yembo was born, the child within had shot out with such force and ferocity that he split into two deities while remaining one essence. At once the force in which he came into this world sent him into the core to the earth and yet at the same time he was elevating himself into the heavens where we see him shining in all his glory and splendor during the daylight hours .
When Arganyu Shola is in the skies above in the house of Olodumare he is known as Olorun (the sun). He is the warm we feel that saves us from freezing in the colder months. He is in charge of heating the earth with his solar rays and when he is in the earth he is known Arganyu Shola  (the volcano) The ground trembling under his mighty surge , some say when you feel the ground shake it is Arganyu walking in his great strides stepping over the rivers and streams. He is the owner of the embankments of the rivers and all that pertains to the earths crust and openings.
Arganyu is the eldest of the Orisha and is known a strong and masculine character . His birth brought to the world the calendar and is the one who separates the day and night.
It is said in one of his temperamental attacks he became so angered that his furious attack divided the continents ( when the eruptions occured) it was where Orisha Oggun would be born.
Oddua returned when he saw the light appear and in awe and wonder he saw mother and child, a child of their creation; he was their first child and he took his place among the Orisha.
Paths:
Aggayú Kinigua.
Aggayú Larí.
Aggayú Babadina.
Aggayú Aggarí.
Colors:
Red and Orange
Number:
9
Day:
July 10th
Herbs:
Apple Blossom
Chamomile
Dragon’s Blood
Mandrake
 Source: 101.myyoruba.com

myoruba:

Aggayú Solá
(En Español: http://101.myyoruba.com/el-primer-hijo-aggayu-sola/?lang=es)

Oddua and Yembo had shared some time together upon the earth and they noticed that the darkness was great. There was no illumination upon the earth and one day Yembo felt a odd stir in her womb. She began to feel odd and her body was changing.

A few months later from the love they had consummated. Waters began to flow from between Yembo’s legs , directly after she began with pains that would come and subside with her belly.

Oddua had been away surveying the lands and the pains of Yembo grew worse. So she squatted down as close to the earth as she could. The pains now closer and closer and a drop of sweat appeared upon her brow .

It was then that the first child of Oddua and Yembo was born, the child within had shot out with such force and ferocity that he split into two deities while remaining one essence. At once the force in which he came into this world sent him into the core to the earth and yet at the same time he was elevating himself into the heavens where we see him shining in all his glory and splendor during the daylight hours .

When Arganyu Shola is in the skies above in the house of Olodumare he is known as Olorun (the sun). He is the warm we feel that saves us from freezing in the colder months. He is in charge of heating the earth with his solar rays and when he is in the earth he is known Arganyu Shola  (the volcano) The ground trembling under his mighty surge , some say when you feel the ground shake it is Arganyu walking in his great strides stepping over the rivers and streams. He is the owner of the embankments of the rivers and all that pertains to the earths crust and openings.

Arganyu is the eldest of the Orisha and is known a strong and masculine character . His birth brought to the world the calendar and is the one who separates the day and night.

It is said in one of his temperamental attacks he became so angered that his furious attack divided the continents ( when the eruptions occured) it was where Orisha Oggun would be born.

Oddua returned when he saw the light appear and in awe and wonder he saw mother and child, a child of their creation; he was their first child and he took his place among the Orisha.

Paths:

  • Aggayú Kinigua.
  • Aggayú Larí.
  • Aggayú Babadina.
  • Aggayú Aggarí.

Colors:

Red and Orange

Number:

9

Day:

July 10th

Herbs:

  • Apple Blossom
  • Chamomile
  • Dragon’s Blood
  • Mandrake

 Source: 101.myyoruba.com

goodbreadalley:

Praise Poetry for the Yoruba Orisha Ogún a powerful, fierce warrior who defends his people and fights against injustice. Ogun has the intelligence and creativity.

divinemoon:

Oya has a special power over egguns, for being the mother of 9 of them. Lover of war fought alongside Oggun and Shango in campaigns that they performed. Shango was accompanied when he left Oyo and Queen of Kosso was named by this. Her cult is territory Tapa, Kosso and Oyo. Oya’s name comes from Yorùbá Òyá (Olo: owner - Oya: darkness) also known as Yansá de el Yorùbá Iyámsá (Iya: mother - Omo: children - Mesa: nine)

Yanza Jekua Jeyy! Ase OOO!

colorfuldiaspora:

Chango (Xango, Shango) is a warrior, the Orisha of lightning, dance, and passion. He is the epitome of all things masculine, and the dispenser of vengeance on behalf of the wronged. Shango was likely once a Yoruban King. He is associated with St. Barbara. His colors are red and white, and his best known symbol is the oshe, a double bladed axe. He is sometimes associated with Vodoun’s Petro Loa, Erzulie Dantor.

colorfuldiaspora:

Chango (Xango, Shango) is a warrior, the Orisha of lightning, dance, and passion. He is the epitome of all things masculine, and the dispenser of vengeance on behalf of the wronged. Shango was likely once a Yoruban King. He is associated with St. Barbara. His colors are red and white, and his best known symbol is the oshe, a double bladed axe. He is sometimes associated with Vodoun’s Petro Loa, Erzulie Dantor.

divinemoon:

Lovely! King Chango and his beautiful wife, Oshun! 

divinemoon:

Lovely! King Chango and his beautiful wife, Oshun! 

olodumare:

"Casera traigo mis flores…"

fuckyeahafricanmythology:

Obatala (also known as Obanla, Ochanla, or Oxala) is the eldest of the orishas. His name means “King of the White Cloth,” and he is the embodiment of peace, reason, logic, and diplomacy. He is the orisha who fashioned the bodies of mankind, while it is Olodumare who breathed life into them. (source)

fuckyeahafricanmythology:

Obatala (also known as Obanla, Ochanla, or Oxala) is the eldest of the orishas. His name means “King of the White Cloth,” and he is the embodiment of peace, reason, logic, and diplomacy. He is the orisha who fashioned the bodies of mankind, while it is Olodumare who breathed life into them. (source)