Vodun F.A.Q. Ridden By a Sexual Orisha

An issue that comes up frequently is that a person is ridden or “possessed” by an Orisha that wants sex.  Because it is a benevolent possession, one has some control of their actions, and this may break the trance, causing the ceremony, dance, or the riding to end prematurely, which is no fun for the individual, and a bit of a killjoy for the other participants, if any. Sometimes, it can be quite frightening for …

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Yemaya

Other names/spellings: Nana Buruku, Yemanja, Iemanja, Yemalla, Iemaia, Yemoja, La Sirene, Mommi Sacred number: 7 Sacred colors: blue and white, aqua and white, translucent/transparent blue or aqua and white Domain: the sea, water, all life on Earth, motherhood/reproduction, cell division, currents Symbols: anchor, mermaids, fish, generally things associated with the sea Yemaya is the mother of all life on Earth.  All life came from the water and requires water to live. She appears to human …

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What is Gris-gris?

A gris-gris (also spelled gri-gri) is an amulet or talisman made by placing particular objects or ingredients into a small package for a specific purpose.  They were originally called “ouanga” or “wanga”, and are sometimes called mojo bags or simply charm bags.  A special type of charm bag that is very popular among practitioners of Santeria is the macuto. Gris-gris can be in the form of cloth, leather, membrane, or paper, clay, foil, wax, polymer, …

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List of Known Orishas/Lwa

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This is a list of known West African and diaspora Orishas, Vodun, Lwa, notable Spirits, and Deities.  I’ve gathered information from a variety of sources.  It is by no means a complete list, and different cultures have different names and pronunciations.  There are said to be over 400, aside of those individuals have discovered and/or adapted to their cultures. MamiWata.com has an excellent page on the relation of the Yoruba and Fon pantheons.  It is an …

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What is Voodoo?

Voodoo is a term used to describe a variety of  polytheistic, panentheistic, and hierarchical monotheistic belief systems rooted in West Africa.  Its more accurate name is Vodun, which means the spirits or essences (of nature). At its core, it is somewhat agnostic, in that the vast majority of its adherents believe that it is impossible to accurately define or imagine the Supreme God.  So rather than treat the Supreme God as a Santa Claus type …

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Shango, Chango

Hot blooded heat incarnate He is fire and lightning. If you’re good he is a light But if you’re bad he’s frightning. Shango (also spelled Chango or Xango)is the Orisha of fire, lightning, dance, and martial arts. He had three wives: Oya, the Orisha of home, hearth, and marriage; Oshun, the Orisha of beauty, prosperity, and dance; and Oya, the Orisha of wind, storms, thunder, and change. There are many apatakis about his firey temper.  …

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Oya, Yansa

Wind in her hair Lightning in her eyes Storms in her voice And thunder in her thighs! Sacred number: 9 Sacred colors:  Brown, orange, purple, arterial blood red, deep red, burgundy, maroon, rainbow plus black, brown, and white Symbols and Embodiments: Storms, wind, whirlwinds, hurricanes, storm and/or disease vector symbols, chaos symbol (cross of two or four arrows) with whirlwind (tapering zigzag), more symbols below… Oya is the Orisha of wind, storms, thunder, and change.  …

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Esu, Exu, Elegua, Legba

Oh Great Exu, Keeper of the Gate! Between life and death The physical and spiritual realm The seen and the unseen The known and the unknown Please accept our humble invitation To join in this feast. We ask your permission To commune with our Ancestors And with the Lwa who came before. Oh Great Exu, Keeper of the Gate! Please open the gate for us. About Elegua Sacred numbers: 3 and 4 Colors: black and …

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