Very proud to be part of the Pimientas (Ataré) rama! Aurora Lamar Obá Tolá (iba’ye) is such a hero to me!
In Spice World, Posh Spice has trouble deciding between the little Gucci dress, the little Gucci dress, and the little Gucci dress. In Santeria, we have trouble deciding between the long white skirt, the long white skirt, and the long white skirt.
David H. Brown writing on the ethnic and racial makeup of the highly influential Cabildo Africano Lucumí’s membership in 1900, in his book Santeria Enthroned: Art, Ritual, and Innovation in an Afro-Cuban Religion (2003), pg. 71.
I find this particularly interesting given that almost every single rama in Santeria is descended from the Cabildo Africano Lucumí.
My Godfather Shloma Rosenberg Afolabí Awoyoyomí’s (iba’ye) crowning Orisha Yemoja! I have never before or since seen a more beautiful altar for an Orisha. I miss Yemoja Assesu and Shloma (iba’ye) so much! <3
The level of detail on this Oju Yemoja is stunning. The mazo was so heavy! And Yemoja’s tinaja is handmade and rests on top of another tinaja, also handmade, which is inside a large bowl full of plates from the 23 priests Shloma (iba’ye) crowned before he died. On top of her are two crowns (I remember three, though?), between which are holding up the gorgeous cloth that makes her cape in this photograph. In the lower left of the photograph is, I believe, Otin, a rare Orisha who is the servant of Yemoja.