Orisha Days of the Week

Though any day is a good day to stay in touch with any Orisha, certain days have a special mood to them, and these affect the way we reach out.  It also helps to remember all of the Orishas you know of, if you have a schedule for daily observances.  Then there are the tried and true traditions of elders in Africa and the diaspora.  Over hundreds or thousands of years, the way they practice …

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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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