OBBATALA

Description of Obbatalá:

Obbatalá is a Osha and is in the group of the Head's Oshas. Obbatalá is the father of all the people. He is the creator of the human beings and everything that lives in the planet. As creator he rules over all the parts of the human body, mainly of the head, the thoughts and the human life, owner of the whiteness, and all that symbolize peace and purity. Obbatalá is the owner of the white metals, mainly the silver. He represents the creation that is not necessarily immaculate; he is magnanimous and represents the superior being, also the physical and mental pride, wrath, despotism and people with defects or difficulties.

Obbatalá was a Irunmole converted in Orisha by his errors. During his life in the terrenal plane he was king of the Igbó. His name comes from the Yoruba Obbàtalá (king of the purity). This Orisha pleases of all clean, white and pure. He does not admit nudity in his presence and either the lack of respect, is for that reason that their children must be very respectful. Their priests are called Oshabí.

In the nature he is symbolized by mountains. He is the one that interyields before any Osha or Orisha by any individual for a difficulty the person has, because he is considered the father of the human sort and owner of all the heads. When it is not possible to be defined and it is not known which is the Angel of Guard of an individual, Obatalá is the Osha that is devoted to him.

His number is the 8 and their multiples and his color is white. He is greeted Jekúa Babá!

Family of Obbatalá:

He is descending direct of Oloddumare.


Diloggún in Obbatalá:

In diloggún he speaks by Elleunle (8).


Tools of Obbatalá:

Obbatalá lives in a sopera that can be of silver, some silver-plated metal or white slab. He has 4 Otás (stones) and in the case that is Olorí, he has 8, his attributes are a handle of silver, igbín (snails), slimy, two white ivory eggs, nacre or onyx, takes in addition a white Iruke (horse tail), snake, sun, chain, full moon, half moon, a hand grasping a sceptre, cayado (poayé), metal doves and agogó or silver-plated bell. His elekes is totally white, in other cases put in with colors according to the path. All their objects are wrapped in white cotton.


Obbatalá's Power Objects:

The sceptre of power called opa. A silver bracelet. Iruke, object done with tail horsehair.


Suits of Obbatalá:

Obbatala always gets dressed in white In his warrior's path, he wears a red band on his chest. Suns and moons are sticked to his suit. He wears 8 handkerchiefs around his waist.


Dances of Obbatalá:

When Obbatala comes down he dances according to th path. In his honor the dancers imitate the smooth movements and dubbings of a very old person. In his warrior's path he dances as if he was brandishing a sword. He speaks and does predictions, cleaning the presents with the iruke.


Offerings to Obbatalá:

To Babá are immolated white doves, white hens, white goats, white hens of guinea. His taboos are the alcohol, the crabs and the beans. He is offered rice with milk, merengue, silverplated grageas, guanábana, grenade, canary seed, ñame, butter of cacao, husk, maize, white flowers, specially the one of the cotton. His ewes is the acacia, chicory, bell, cotton, white bledo, artemisa, atiponlá, rattan of the virgin, saffron, lily, white golden purl, cocconut, african cocconut, day gallant, night gallant, incense, malva, salvia, trébol, etc.


To crown Obbatalá. Kari-Osha:

In order to crown this Osha one has to had received the Orisha Warriors. During the crowning the Oshas and Orishas to receive are the following.

Elegguá, Obbatalá, Oke, Yemayá, Shangó, Ogué, Oshún and Oyá.


Paths of Obbatalá:

His paths are:


  • Obbatalá Oshanlá.
  • Obbatalá Oggán.
  • Obbatalá Orishanlá.
  • Obbatalá Ayágguna, Iyá Yagguna o Ayággruna.
  • Obbatalá Ibaíbo, Igbá Ibó, Obbá Iba o Ibá Ibó.
  • Obbatalá Obálufón.
  • Obbatalá Oshagriñan, Osá Griñan, Osá Kriñán o Agguiriñá.
  • Obbatalá Yekú Yekú o Yekú Oño.
  • Obbatalá Alaguema, Aguemó Yemá o Aguema.
  • Obbatalá Ekaniké.
  • Obbatalá Talabí.
  • Obbatalá Baba Fururú.
  • Obbatalá Eyuaró, Eruadyé o Eluayé.
  • Obbatalá Ashó, Asholó o Babá Ashó.
  • Obbatalá Obá Moró, Obamoró u Obbámoró.
  • Obbatalá Orisha Ayé.
  • Obbatalá Ondó.
  • Obbatalá Ayalúa.
  • Obbatalá Alabalaché.
  • Obbatalá Olufón.
  • Obbatalá Oloyú Okuní.
  • Obbatalá Oshá Orolú.
  • Obbatalá Okeylú.
  • Obbatalá Aná Suaré.
  • Obbatalá Adema.
  • Obbatalá Segbo Lisa.
  • Obbatalá Oshalufón.
  • Obbatalá Oguiniyán.
  • Obbatalá Obalabí.
  • Obbatalá Elefuro.
  • Obbatalá Oba Akiyá.
  • Obbatalá Oba Malú.
  • Obbatalá Efún Yobí.
  • Obbatalá Alarmorere.
  • Obbatalá Orisha Yeyé.
  • Obbatalá Obón.
  • Obbatalá Obanlá.
  • Obbatalá Aikalambó.
  • Obbatalá Oshereilbo.
  • Obbatalá Airaniké.
  • Obbatalá Oyú Alueko.
  • Obbatalá Orisha Iwín.
  • Obbatalá Oyé Ladé.
  • Obbatalá Ekúndiré.
  • Obbatalá Orisha Obralá.
  • Obbatalá Bibí Niké.
  • Obbatalá Edegú.
  • Obbatalá Abany.
  • Obbatalá Ayenolú o Ayelú.
  • Obbatalá Yemmú o Yembó.
  • Obbatalá Agguidai.
General characteristics of the Omo Obbatalá:
The omo Obbatalá are possessors of a great will, which can entail to being seen like obstinate people in their appreciations. They are dedicated generally to intellectual works, so they can be writers or artists. They are introverted, reserved and calmed. Usually they do not regret the decisions they take.


Patakies of Obbatalá:
Orishanlá was in charge of a task that trusted Olofin to him and began to mold in mud the bodies of the men, to which the Supreme Creator would blow into them the life. But not happy with the task he said to himself "why can't i complete my work?"


So, it occurred to him that he could spy Olofin to know what had to be done so that those inert bodies summoned up life.

So, Orishanlá that night instead of going away to sleep, hid in a corner of its factory awaiting for the Creator to arrive.

Olofin, that all sees, knew immediately of the stratagem of Orishanlá and he sent to him a deep sleep so he didn't notticed anything that happened.

In the following morning, when Orishanlá woke up, he notticed all men were alive, and understood that he wasn't to be in matters that weren't into his bussiness.

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