What are Orishas?


An orisha is a god that reflects one of the manifestations of the supreme God/the All Father (Eledumare, Olorun, Olofi) in Yoruba Religion. They rule over the forces of nature and the endeavors of humanity. They recognize themselves and are recognized through their different numbers and colors which are their marks. The orishas are often best understood by observing the forced of nature they rule over. Many orishas have found their way to most of the New World as a result of the Atlantic slave trade and are now expressed in practices as varied as Santeria, Candomble, Trinidad Orisha, Umbanda, and Oyotunji.

Daily life depends on proper alignment and knowledge of one's ori.

Ori literally means the head, but in spiritual matters it is taken to mean a portion of the soul that determines personal destiny and success.

Ashe is the life-force that runs through all things, living and inanimate. Ashe is the power to make things happen. Ashe represents a link to the eternal presence of the Supreme God, the Orishas, and the ancestors.

People that believe in orishas strive to obtain ashe through iwa-pele and in turn they experience alignment with the ori, which is inner peace and satisfaction with life.

Iwa-pele means gentle and/or good character.

Ashe is the divine energy that comes from Olodumare, the Creator, and is manifested through Olorun, who rules the heavens and is associated with the sun. Ashe is sometimes associated with Eshu, the messenger Orisha.

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