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Prier: African Mythology-Yoruba

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Orisha
ancestral spirits
itan
myths, songs, history and culture
Olorun
sky, peace, justice; rule of gods, androgynous, owns everything white on earth(snow, air, clouds, bones) Nickname: Yansan
Obatala
Heaven; create human body & olorun breaths soul, drunk=created cripples, patron of handicapped, son of olorun
Oduduwa
Earth; ancestor crowned kings, 2nd sent to earth, had kids with Obatala= Auanju & Orungan
Aganju
Sun, Volcano, Growth Civilization foundation to society
Orungan
Air; teenage rebelled against father and brutally raped mother: 2nd time mother got upset and flooded earth
Yemaja
birth women; sorrow-died at summit of mountain and gave birth 14 orisha, waters broke=great flood create 7 seas. gave birth to first man and woman
Ogun
fire hunting war; god of blacksmiths, machete, sabre, rum/tabacco, gives strength through prophecy&magic
Olokun
lives under water, patron of descendants of Africans carried away during Maafa (Middle Passage)
Shangu
sky thunder lightning; center of religion, was mortal 4th king died &became powerful Orisha
Shakpana
Disease & Pox; angry god; AKA Babalu-Aye
Kokou
warriors, most feared, voodoo=high tolerance for pain bolod thirst
Orunmila
wisdom; prophecy, told obatala how to create Earth, leads priesthood
Oya
fire wind thunder; female warrior, angry=tornadoes&hurricanes patron of change & guardian of gates of death
Oshun
love pleasure;
Aju
forest animals healers; ppl carried away come back powerful
Obba
Rivers, first wife of Shango scorned her intersects Osun River(Shango's other wife)
Eshu
messenger tricks; teaches maturity and how one perspective can alter perception of reality
Egungun
Ancestor NOT A GOD: assure a place for dead among living; responsibility=compel living uphold ethical standards past generations
Eybere
Mythological creature, mat=carry things always crying; steal mat become rich taste like blue berries
Emere
can come/go heaven, child that wants earth and heaven
Yoruban Infulences: Santeria
"way of the saints" combines voodoo& catholicism
Candomblé
rituals