Similar if not identical to the African ORISHAS.
Both ‘Orisha’ and ‘Oricha’ are valid spellings; we have used both to differentiate the African and Caribbean version. We hope to avoid confusion — but have probably added to it.
Cuba decided they had too many ORICHAS and whittled them down to sixteen. The ones not mentioned are mostly the same as the African Spirits from which they are derived. For example, INLE, OBATALA, OLOKUN, ORUNMILA, OSANYIN, Oshosi, OSHUN, SHANGO and YEMAYA.