Vodun Holidays and Orisha Birthdays

This is a list of Vodun holidays.  It is by no means complete.  These are just the ones I know of and have gathered from a variety of people and sources.  Different cultures have different days.  Some synchronize them with Wiccan or Catholic holidays.  Follow your own soul on this. January 10: “Voodoo Day”, or Traditions Day, which is celebrated in Benin and by some in the diaspora to give thanks for and remember our …

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Oshun, Ochun, Oxum

Some say that in Africa, before western influence, there was no such thing as romantic love.  The truth is much more complicated than this.  There was romantic love, and it was well recognized.  It was just referred to as intense lust, so in daily life, familial love and admiration was given a higher priority. People did respect that intense lust so much though, that they named its Orisha: Oshun. Attributes Sacred number: 5 and multiples …

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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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