I love these! Ochosi is on the left and Ogun is on the right. Both are part of the warriors that are received apart from Elegua and Osun.
These were the Ochossi and Ogun of my Padrino Afolabí Awoyoyomí (Shloma Rosenberg), iba’ye. His throne room was the single most awe-inspiring thing I have ever see in my life.
And just as a side-note, these are Ochosi and Ogun “in full,” not the Ochosi and Ogun received in a typical Warriors ceremony. In Ochosi is his father Odedeí (the cement head with antlers that appears to be an Elegba).
A further side-note: the hat hanging on Ochosi, along with the bag hung on the other side, are those of Haitian farmers. I think they call the bag a makout? Shloma was also an Hounsi in Vodou.
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.
The London Lucumi Choir sing for Oshun
Lead by Daniela de Armas, an Olo Oshun and friend of my Godmother’s, the London Lucumi Choir sing traditional Lucumi songs with bata accompaniment in London, England. Though the choir is lead by a Santera, it is open to the public to join. They really sound wonderful!