Yoruba Mythology

The Gods of Yorubaland (Nigeria, Benin and Togo)


Yoruba Healer God

Also known as Babalu Aye, Babaluaiye, Babaluaye, Obaluaye

Hard-working deity of healing

One of the Orishas, he will do his best against infections and epidemics, especially the nasty infestations created by his spirit cousin Sakpata.

Unfortunately, like most doctors, Babalú Ayé is overworked and understaffed. You can help by making a donation: offerings of white wine and popcorn will not be turned away. Please give generously to this worthy cause.

Sources tell us Babalú Ayé walks on crutches — or possibly just carries them around. He also has two dogs. To sniff out infection? His favorite colors are brown, black and purple — the hues of bruising.

We regret to report that at the moment Babalú Ayé’s most pressing problem is AIDS, which he is constantly being asked to cure. We just hope his medical scientists are working on it.

He is also hard at work in Cuba – see Babalú Ayé.

Babalú Ayé Facts and Figures

Name: Babalú Ayé
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Babalu Aye, Babaluaiye, Babaluaye, Obaluaye

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Healing
Area of expertise: Healing

Good/Evil Rating: GOOD, quite approachable
Popularity index: 28327

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Article last revised on May 19, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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