- From Yoruba Òrìṣà, literally ‘owner of chis’. (Wiktionary)
“During the asiento, it’s considered a blessing if the initiate becomes possessed by his or her orisha, which is referred to as being mounted or ridden.”
“The siguaraya is a Cuban bush -- considered an orisha in the Santeria religion -- which figures in the the title of a famous song, Mata Siguaraya, sung by Celia Cruz and others.”
“Perhaps Yemanjá, the Yoruba great orisha of the waters, in the hope that the sympathetic magic of the name will work.”
“Perhaps YemanjÃ¡, the Yoruba great orisha of the waters, in the hope that the sympathetic magic of the name will work.”
“In this form, goddess Māri is very similar to Sitala Devi2, her counterpart in North India and the orisha Babalu Aye of the Yoruba tradition.”
“She left us in the company of an old man who served as guide and offered to come back for us in a couple of hours so that she could accompany us to the most sacred shrine of all - that of the orisha Oshun herself.”
“Dancer interprets Oshun orisha, or deity of love, sensuality, and the river.”
“In the Yoruba religion, Yemayá is the orisha deity of oceans.”
“To the santeros, the worshiper is possessed by an orisha, or deity.”
“Before being initiated, you must find out who your special orisha is by casting cowrie shells, the Santeria divination tool.”
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