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The Seven African Powers

(For my children)

ELEGUA: Santo Angel Guardian, Santo Antonio de Padua. After Obatala, there is no doubt that the most powerful and feared of all the gods is Elegua.

The legend says; that once Olorun-Olofi, the immortal father, was so ill that he almost had no strength. It is said that all efforts had been in vain for Olofi to regain his lost health. Useless had been all the practices of the Orishas to cure him. A mysterious illness had him immobile and without hope. When Elegua was still a child, he begged the Orishas, to take him to the supreme father who could heal him. A quick and miraculous drink, prepared by Elegua, made Olofi regain his health and strength, and in gratitude for this, he ordered the Orishas, that Elegua be honored forever in all his ceremonies. And from that moment he was declared by Olofi, owner and guardian of all the roads and he was given the keys to all the doors. On June 13, his day is celebrated.

BELONGINGS OF GOD

Colour: Red and Black. Favorable Day; Monday. Bird; Black Chickens. Animal; Monkey, Male Goat, Bull, Ox, White Mice.

NECKLACES: It is of the red and black color that represents life and death, the beginning and the end, war and tranquility, both.

OBATALA: Father of the Gods, Our Lady of the Mercedes. Purity, justice, goodness, are the attributes of this goddess father of all gods, who wears white, as a distinction of her purity and righteous balance, according to history, Obatala was appointed by Olodumare to fill the land with life, when it was covered by water. Arbitrator of all problems, which he solves with cleanliness and justice. The Obatala festivals, in which he is celebrated, are faithful exponents of the deep devotion that believers have in it. On Sept. 24, he celebrates his day.

BELONGINGS OF GOD

Colour: White. Favorable Day; Sunday. Bird; White hen. Animal; Chiva. Vegetable; Name. Food; Eko and Ekru (tender corn, face bean). Fruit; Soursop. Drink; Chekete.

NECKLACES: It is the color white and it owns silver and white metals.

CHANGO: Santa Barbara. God of Fire, Thunder and Lightning. Perhaps, among all the gods that make up the belief of the Lucumies, Chango is the most popular. Warrior, brave, owner of lightning and candle. Invincible, strong and persistent, his character decided him to commit suicide when he was king of Oyo, a city in Africa, in order to become a god so that his orders were laws and no one could dispute them. Lightning and candle are his favorite weapons, With them, he destroys his enemies and defends his friends. On December 4, the day of Chango (Santa Barbara) is celebrated.

BELONGINGS OF GOD

Colour: White and red. Favorable Day; Saturday. Bird; Rooster. Animal; Ram. Vegetable; Pitahaya. Drink; Red Wine. Food; Flour and Quimbombo. Water; Lagoon.

NECKLACES: alternating red and white. Red is the symbol of love and blood.

OGGUN: San Pedro and San Juan. Oggun husband of Yemaya. The origin and birth of this god is very conflictive and mysterious. In truth, many different legends are woven around the birth of this god, owner of metals and wars. The most sustained legend, ensures that Oggun, He is the son of Obatala and Oduddua, but that she abandoned him to his fate in a mountain, because he was the product of an illicit love. Elegua found him right at a tree and took care of him. Oggun's tendency since his childhood for the war against the gods, he was constant and without alternatives.This eagerness to fight, led him to disaster, since his wife Yemaya, owner of all the seas, came to cause the Universal Flood, before Oggun's refusal to abandon the In this way I flood all the lands with water and end Oggun's warlike zeal.

BELONGINGS OF GOD

Colour: Carmelita and Negro. Favorable Day; Friday. Birds; Red and Black Roosters. Animal; Goat, Deer, Jutia.

NECKLACES: alternating green and black, seven light carmel beads followed by seven black.

ORUNLA: San Francisco de Asis. We could determine Orunla as the magician or diviner of the Orichas. His divinatory power was established through the Ifa table. According to legend, the Ifa table was given to Chango, but he did not pay attention to it, nor I estimate it, to the point, that he gave it to Orunla, although many say that Chango changed it, so that he could pass on his dancing skills, other scholars, that by then, Chango was very young, and did not want to What is definitely true is that Elegua was the one who taught Orunla, the science of divination through the Ifa Table, he was not an Orichas of herbs and remedies, his strength was based on his power in the divination of the present, the past and the future. Oct. 4. his day is celebrated.

BELONGINGS OF GOD

Colour: Green and yellow. Favorable Day; Tuesday. Animal; Yellow Hen. (It should be known that this saint is not very fond of animal offerings). Vegetable; Corn.

NECKLACES: alternate yellow and green. Manilla idde-manilla and woman receive in separate and simple ceremony lasts 3 days idde - alternate yellow and green manilla

YEMAYA: Our Lady of Regla. This well-known virgin Our Lady of Regla is one of the most respected and loved by her followers. She is the owner of all waters, has become the protection and guide of all here, she has become the protection and guide of all those who are in the sea.Mother proliferates of 16 gods, they place her as the first mother of the locumi world.The goddess who managed to make her son Chango, irresistible in the sea and conquest.She is not known among all deities as deities like the most beautiful, dominates the seas and fishes. 7 sept. her day is celebrated.

BELONGINGS OF GOD

Color: blue and Foam. Favorable Day; Friday. Ram Animal. Bird; Rooster. Fruit; Water Melon. Vegetable; Carita bean. Food; Ladybug and greaves. Drink; Chekete (pineapple peel, roasted corn).

NECKLACES: seven transparent glass necklaces, water calls, and blue ones.

OCHUN: The Charity of Copper. Supreme Queen Yoruba Goddess, Goddess of water, love, gold and marriage.Beauty among the beautiful.Cute and loving, she likes dancing, parties, joy and love.She is sweet and tender, and Once, this Yoruba goddess, has a violent character, it is to be feared when she rides in anger. Venerated by the Cubans, in her syncretization she is: Our Lady of Charity of Copper. (Cachita) as the Cubans call her. Owner of the seas. and of the rivers. She loves good perfume. She loves cleanliness and order. She will never enter a house that is messy and dirty. She is sought and prayed for, to arrange marriages, to bring peace to the home. The best works are done on the edge of a river, or using pumpkins; since the first lamp she made was made in a pumpkin. She loves birds. She was a lover of Chango, whom I always love, and gave herself to Aggayu to save her people. She is a respected and strong goddess. 8 Sept. her day is celebrated.

BELONGINGS OF GOD

Colour: Yellow, Amber, Coral. Favorable Day; Saturday. Animal; Yellow Hen, Sheep, Chiva, Canary. Food; Panetela with honey. Orange Fruits, Mango. Ornament; Peacock feather fan.

NECKLACES: they wear yellow or amber collars.

BABALU-AYE: God of the sick, Saint Lazarus. Babalu-Aye (Saint Lazarus) owner of the universe, savior of all diseases, miraculous god of lepers and all those who suffer from sores and wounds.According to history, Saint Lazarus did not like to walk at night, therefore everyone The works that are carried out with him spiritually must be done in the day.Taita canene, owner of all spidimias and lacerations on the skin.The old bread behind a door, always remembers Babalu, with his this saint one of the most prayed, since all the sick always ask for their health. The images of this saint are always full of gold offerings, representing crutches and dogs, as proof of gratitude for the miracles performed. Babalu-Aye, the holy leper , guide and faith of all the sick. Dec. 17. his day is celebrated.

BELONGINGS OF GOD

Colour: White with Blue Stripes. Favorable Day; Domoingo. Animal; Goat Capon. Bird; Rooster Jabao. Vegetable; Onion. Fruit; Pitahaya. Food; Sour Flour.

NECKLACES: white with blue stripes, red beads.

AGGAYU: San Cristobal, Son of Obatala and Oddudua. The history of this Saint is related to adventure and he is claimed as a spiritual advisor and lover of order, but where this Saint is really terminated is in Africa, the legend says that such was the fear of Aggayu, that in all Hunts always offered the first portion to him. And those who know of his power, do not dare to kill an animal without his permission. Fearless, daring, tireless, he is capable of achieving the most impossible goals. celebrate his day.

BELONGINGS OF GOD

Colour: White, Red, Yellow, Blue, Lilac, Brown, Green. Favorable Day; Wednesday. Animal; Roosters, Quail, Turkey, Venison, Goat.

NECKLACES: a large white collar, followed by nine red and eight yellow, an order that is repeated several times.

Hey: Daughter of Yemaya and Orongun, Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria. Owner of the cemeteries, she is part of the group of the three women of Chango. The legend of this powerful orisha is constantly linked to that of Chango, since Oya is the favorite concubine of this womanizing god. According to legend, Chango I remove Oggun, Oya, take revenge for his wrongdoing against Obatala. Irreconcilable enemies, Oggun and Chango lived constantly in wars for Oya, and other defenses. Oya, watch, open and own the front door of The cemeteries. She was one of the three wives of Chango. Due to her strong and willful temperament she had problems with the God of Lightning, when in a carelessness of this, she took the secret of how to throw a candle through the mouth. Oya is also the goddess of the rivers, she and her lover Chango, They made an invincible couple in wars, since both were determined and brave. Oya, is also recognized as the goddess who has firm power over strong winds. Day 2 of fed. her day is celebrated.

BELONGINGS OF THE GODDESS

Colour: Carmelita striped in various colors. Favorable Day Wednesday. Food; Ekru-Aro (face bean cooked with peel in bain maria). Drink; Chekete. Bird; Gallina Prieta. Animal; Chiva. Fruit; Star apple. Vegetable; Eggplant.

NECKLACES; punch and brown with black and white stripes. other lilac necklace with yellow stripes.

BELONGINGS OF GOD

Colour: White with Blue Stripes. Favorable Day; Domoingo. Animal; Goat Capon. Bird; Rooster Jabao. Vegetable; Onion. Fruit; Pitahaya. Food; Sour Flour.

NECKLACES: white with blue stripes, red beads.

AGGAYU: San Cristobal, Son of Obatala and Oddudua. The history of this Saint is related to adventure and he is claimed as a spiritual advisor and lover of order, but where this Saint is really terminated is in Africa, the legend says that such was the fear of Aggayu, that in all Hunts always offered the first portion to him. And those who know of his power, do not dare to kill an animal without his permission. Fearless, daring, tireless, he is capable of achieving the most impossible goals. celebrate his day.

BELONGINGS OF GOD

Colour: White, Red, Yellow, Blue, Lilac, Brown, Green. Favorable Day; Wednesday. Animal; Roosters, Quail, Turkey, Venison, Goat.

NECKLACES: a large white collar, followed by nine red and eight yellow, an order that is repeated several times.

Hey: Daughter of Yemaya and Orongun, Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria. Owner of the cemeteries, she is part of the group of the three women of Chango. The legend of this powerful orisha is constantly linked to that of Chango, since Oya is the favorite concubine of this womanizing god. According to legend, Chango I remove Oggun, Oya, take revenge for his wrongdoing against Obatala. Irreconcilable enemies, Oggun and Chango lived constantly in wars for Oya, and other defenses. Oya, watch, open and own the front door of The cemeteries. She was one of the three wives of Chango. Due to her strong and willful temperament she had problems with the God of Lightning, when in a carelessness of this, she took the secret of how to throw a candle through the mouth. Oya is also the goddess of the rivers, she and her lover Chango, They made an invincible couple in wars, since both were determined and brave. Oya, is also recognized as the goddess who has firm power over strong winds. Day 2 of fed. her day is celebrated.

BELONGINGS OF THE GODDESS

Colour: Carmelita striped in various colors. Favorable Day Wednesday. Food; Ekru-Aro (face bean cooked with peel in bain maria). Drink; Chekete. Bird; Gallina Prieta. Animal; Chiva. Fruit; Star apple. Vegetable; Eggplant.

NECKLACES; punch and brown with black and white stripes. other lilac necklace with yellow stripes.

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