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  • n. Alternative spelling of orisha.


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  • As I approached, I could tell that they were talking about matters of the spirit and heard the Haitian woman ask Maria Elena what they would call her orixa in the Vaudou pantheon.

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  • My favorite among them is of the day that I took Yansa, the Yoruba orixa, or goddess, of the precincts of the cemeteries, commerce of the marketplace, and of whirlwinds and tempests and, yes, hurricanes to St. Louis Cemetery Number One to visit her sister in spirit Marie Laveau.

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  • The Haitian lady and I were frantic, thinking of ways to make the imperious orixa return to her Bahian business, but she was clearly savoring her New Orleans sojourn.

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  • I found myself face to face with the powerful orixa.

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  • I have been offered to dance Yansa, the orixa that broke my hip! TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at

  • Meanwhile, freedom lives in the drum patterns of candomble, an Afro-Brazilian religion of orixa-worship; and in "Nova Onda," candomble is reunited with its Yoruba cousins across the Atlantic in Nigeria-inspired Afrobeat.

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  • My Brazilian girlfriend Maria Elena, an initiated votary of Yansa Bale, the avatar of the orixa who owns the precincts of the cemetery, was in attendance serving the bean fritters known as acaraje that are one of her orixa’s ritual foods.

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