ORISHASAlso known as ORISA, ORIXA
Famous Yoruba spirits of almost everything
These are highly important beings of an esteemed nature. ORISHAS are not quite gods — think of them as a spirit cocktail with a slice of saint and a tiny dash of divinity for flavor.
There was a time when they conducted a power struggle against OLORUN and tried to persuade him to abdicate for sixteen years. Unwilling to give up control of the Universe to lesser deities, he offered them a trial period of sixteen days.
Within eight days the whole Universe had ground to a halt. They consulted the oracle ORUNMILA who could give no answer. So they had to eat humble pie, confess they didn't have a clue about running Universes and ask for pardon.
If there is a moral to this story we suppose it is: 'Sometimes it is more cruel to be kind.'
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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Area or people : Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin
Location : Africa
Gender : Both male and female
Type : Spiritual Being
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : GOOD, quite approachable
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : ORISA, ORIXA
Popularity index : 9771
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