Tuesday, March 23, 2010

El Mio Altar de Orishas

Yemaya / Our Lady of Justice. Mother of the orishas. Ruler of the moon and the seas. At her feet is a dried sea poison which is her favored offering. Elegua / Santo Nino de Atocha can be seen in the background.

Oshun / Nuestra Senora de la Caridad del Cobre. Orisha of love, beauty, prosperity and mirth. Her image sits on top of a squash, which is sacred to her. On the foreground is Our Lady of Loreto, representing a camino (aspect) of Oshun: Oshu Ololodi, the wife of Orunmila. My opa iku (death staff) is painted green, in honor of my principal ori, Ogun.

Shango / San Miguel. The orisha of thunder and fire. A bundle of six (drying) okras is offered to him.

Oya / Santa Teresa. The skull represents iku (death); the graveyard is Oya's domain. Oya is distantly related to St. Briget of Ireland through her syncretism with Our Lady of Candelaria, hence the Briget's cross.

Obatala / Mary Mediatrix of all Graces. Obata, creator of man, is presented as both male and female, signifying transcendence from duality.

Babalu-Aye / San Roque. Orisha of healing. It is said that Babalu Aye both causes and cures disease.

Ogun / San Pedro. Orisha of war, iron, and technology. Beside him is his sopera, painted in his color: green. By his feet is the caldero de oggun, containing miniature weapons, as well as some ashes from the ile ocha.

Orunmila / San Francisco de Assissi. The lord of divination, the seer of the orishas. The obsidian crystal ball is part of orunmila's herramientos (tools).

Maferefun Orisha!


RavenAntonia said...

Wow, that is beautiful. I had no idea each piece had two meanings depending on what you are taught growing up. Thanks for the lesson.

Murmur said...

Thank you, and you're welcome, Raven. :)

mikehughes25 said...

Thank you for the work you have done in expanding awareness of this topic. I am a fellow occultist as well. Cheers!


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