African deities are celebrated this weekend in the Caribbean

This is an auspicious time for Orisha believers or followers of the religion of the Yoruba. September 24th marks the feast day of Obatala and Olukun who are worshipped in the Orisha, Shango, Vodou and Santeria faiths. Obatala, considered the King of Orishas, is known as he who got permission from  High God Olodumare to create the earth and is the embodiment of purity, justice and clarity. Olukun was also worshiped yesterday and he is said to be found in the ocean, as he is the patron saint of those who came across the Middle Passage in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

The Orisha faith is not as widely practiced in the Caribbean as it may have been in the past, but it is far from dead.

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~ by louella001 on September 25, 2011.

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