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African Traditional Religions: Ifa

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Appendix E: Selected Orishas and the 16 Major Holy Odus

THE ORISHAS (SELECTED DIVINE HEADS)

Olodumare (the Owner of the Womb of Creation)

Esu (the Divine Messenger)

Ori (my inner consciousness)

Odu (the Mysterious Hidden Power)

Orunmila (the Spirit of Destiny)

Ogun (the Path Opener and Cultivator)

Obatala (the King of the White Cloth)

Olokun (the Unlimited Ocean)

Oshun (the Honey of Life)

Oya (the Wind and Storm)

Shango (the Thunder and Lightening)

Yemonja (the River of Life)

Osanyin (the Medicinal Alchemist)

Osoosi (the Master of Intuitive Detection)

Ibeji (the Twins of Manifestation) 

 

(The 16 Major Holy Odus) 

 

Oju Odus

Ogbe (The Supporter)

Oyeku (The Mother of the Spirit of Death)

Iwori (The Deep Seer)

Odi (The Seal), Ashe. 

Irosun (The Resounding Osun)

Owonrin (The Reversed Head)

Obara (The Resting and Hovering One)

Okanran (The Beater of Sticks and Mats)

Ogunda (The Creator)

Osa (The Spirit of Sa (Oya))

Ika (The Controller)

Oturupon (The Bearer)

Otura (The Comforter)

Irete (The Crusher) 

Ose (The Conquerer)

Ofun (The Giver) 

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