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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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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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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