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At the Crossroads
Afro-Cuban Orisha Arts in Miami

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Orisha Domain Colors
Elegbá Crossroads Red, black, white
Ogún Iron, war Black, green, red
Oshosi Hunting Dark blue, amber
Osayín Healing, herbs No preference
Erinlé Fishing, healing Turquoise, green, coral
Orishaokó Agriculture Turquoise, mauve
Babaluaiyé Smallpox, epidemics Brown, black, red
Ibeji Twins White, red (sometimes blue)
Dadá and Bayani Unborn children Red, white
Iroko Silk-cotton tree Green, turquoise
Aganjú Volcano Brown, opal
Shangó Thunder, fire Red, white
Obatalá Purity White
Odúduwa Death White, opal
Oba River Brown, amber, coral
Yewá Cemetery Mauve, crimson
Oyá Tempests, marketplace Brown, red, burgundy
Yemojá Ocean, all waters Blue, opal, or crystal
Olokún Ocean Dark blue, red, coral, green
Nana Burukú Lagoon Black, mauve
Oshún River Amber, yellow, coral
Orúnmila Divination Yellow, green

Table adapted from Miguel "Willie" Ramos, "Afro-Cuban Orisha Worship," in Santería Aesthetics in Contemporary Latin American Art, ed. Arturo Lindsay (Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996), pp. 51-76.

 


 


 

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