YEMAYA
YEMAYA

Also referred to as: Yemoja, Yemowo, Iemanja, Yemalla

Yemaya is the goddess of the seas, and the mother of life. She is perhaps one of the most popular Orishas. In Brazil, millions of people go to the ocean on New Year’s Eve to pay tribute to her. She represents motherhood, and wisdom, and is known to be strong, protective, and patient. Her colors are blue and white.

 

OYA
OYA

Also referred to as: Oia, Iansan, Iyansan

Oya is the goddess of the wind, lightning, change.  Oya is a fierce warrior, and uses her machete to clear a path for new growth. She is known to have a fiery temper, and to be the protectoress of women.  Oya’s colors are burgundy and purple.

OLORUN
OLORUN

Also known as: Oludumare, Olofi

Olorun is refered to as the supreme god, and the owner of the heavens. He is often associated with the sun, and said to rule over all the other Orishas.

OSHUN
OSHUN

Also referred to as: Oxum, Ochun

Oshun is the goddess of the rivers and of love. She also reigns over beauty, fertility, and diplomacy, and is said to bring great prosperity. She is known to be gentle, carefree seductive, and charming. Her colors are yellow and gold.

BABALU AYE
BABALU AYE

Babalu-Aye is the god of healing and illness. He is known to be compassionate and humble, and often depicted with a crane or crutches. He is also associated with various epidemics, such as smallpox and HIV. He is said to have the ability to cure large-scale epidemics.

OCHOSI
OCHOSI

Also referred to as: Oshosi, Oxosi, Osawsi, Ososi

Ochosi is the god of the hunt and the forest. Ochosi enforces justice, and is associated with the abundance of food and energy. Ochosi’s colors are blue and yellow.

SHANGO
SHANGO

Also referred to as: Oshosi, Oxosi, Osawsi, Ososi

Ochosi is the god of the hunt and the forest. Ochosi enforces justice, and is associated with the abundance of food and energy. Ochosi’s colors are blue and yellow.

OBATALA
OBATALA

Also referred to as: Osala, Oshala, Oxala, Orisala, Orixala

According to Yoruba mythology, Obatala is the oldest Orisha, and was granted authority to create the earth, and human bodies. He represents purity, wisdom, peace, and compassion.  His color is white.