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Term: Orisha

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Orisha: Deities of the Yoruba pantheon that are worshiped to this day in the Santería /Ifá/Candomblé religions. The term comes from the union of “Ori,” the Yoruba word for head and consciousness, and “Sha” the Yoruba word for pick or picked, thus giving us “Picked Head” or more appropriately “Select or Selected Head or Consciousness." They personify different forces of nature and are thought to be different manifestations of the Creator/Creatix Spirit known as Olodumare.Chris Lee


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Santeria
Santería is an Afro-Caribbean religion that comes to us from Cuba and to this day it is practiced worldwide. Its original form, called Ifa, is an ancient Yoruba religion that comes from West-Africa and is declared by UNESCO as one of the ...
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Candomblé
Candomblé, like Santeria, is a religion that has its origins in the Yoruba religion called Ifa. Similar to Vodou and Santeria, it developed when the slaves arrived in Brazil and where "converted" to the Catholic religion. They used the Catholic ...
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African American Tarot Review
Summary: Although actually more focused on African myth and lore rather than African American contributions to civilization, this deck is a wonderful introduction to both explorations as well as being close enough to the RWS tradition as to be ...
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If one thing has been sacred to our species since time immemorial, it is our trees. Dwelling between the realms of earth and sky, we humans are beings of both worlds, and our very life is a balance and synthesis of form and spirit, below and above. What more appropriate symbol for this could there be than a tree, rooted in the earth, and... read this article
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