Tomorrow’s my 4th Ocha Birthday! Honestly, I can’t even imagine my life without Orisha. Orisha is what keeps me alive, Orisha hold me together even through the worst of times, Orisha are what drive me to be the best that I can be, Orisha are the loves of my life.
Learning to wear the crown of Ocha is no easy task, but I am thankful for every moment.
I feel supremely grateful to my Madrina Ode Lenu and Eshu Okan Lade, who’ve been so compassionate and helpful and supportive over the years. And I can’t even count the blessings brought into my life by my twin Omiala, who remains one of the best people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Without these people I wouldn’t be alive today.
I am so glad that Orisha have brought so many wonderful people into my life, including my Godchildren J. and O, and all of my Godsiblings and extended Godfam. Seriously, I lost all of my family at an early age, and I never really thought I’d ever have a family again, but my ilé has become family to me in a very real way. I love each and every one of them, Olorisha and Aborisha alike.
When I dance at bembés, I am overcome with the feeling of pure joy and gratitude for each and every person there, and I cry and I shake, and Oshun touches me, and I know then that I have a place in this world.
Maferefun Oshun, Maferefun Shango!
Maferefun Yemaya, Maferefun Ochossi, Maferefun Elegba!
Maferefun Obatala, Maferefun Oya, Maferefun Ogun!
Thank you for this life! <3
Olorisha Asiel Baez on initiation prices in Lukumi-Santeria.
This is something I get asked about a lot. Asiel sums it up really well here. Although, I’ve never heard of a $5k outside of Cuba! Whoa, that would be so cheap! Most Orisha that I’ve seen are between $8k-12k in California and Michigan (with Warriors and Oya and Oba being around $14k). I imagine it’s cheaper and easier in Miami.
Yewa crown by Beth Pert Weekes.
This crown gorgeously incorporates a mixture of Brazilian Candomblé, Cuban Lukumí (Santería), and traditional Yoruba crown styles. Yewa is the Orisha who lives in the grave. She is the Orisha of virginity, and is very austere. It is strictly taboo to swear in her presence, and men are not supposed to cook for her. Ideally, the people who serve her are virgin women and post-menopausal women. Along with Oya and Oba, she is one of the rulers of the cemetery. She lives in the grave because Shango tried to have sex with her, and she ran away, only finding refuge in the grave which is the one place Shango will not go.
The artist Beth Pert Weekes recently made a crown for my Yemoja Ogunte, which is stunningly beautiful.