COLLECTION OF YORUBA ORISHAS
Not to diss on European mythologies but can we seriously have some fuckin’ recognition that there are religions and mythologies that are not Greek or Norse. Why the fuck did I learn about the Greeks 6 times but we never fucking talked about Africa or even really the mythologies and beliefs of native peoples?
(Pssst from what group are these deities from?)
The Yoruba of western Africa.
Not just West Africa anymore. They made the Middle Passage along with their people. You’ll find them in Santería, Lucúmi, Voudoun, Candomblé, Umbanda, and many other Afro-New World religions. They live in in every Caribbean and South and Central American nation, and everywhere those peoples have spread. They’re in my neighborhood in Chicago. There are huge statues depicting the orixa in the river that flows through my mother’s hometown in Brazil.
If you live in the Americas, you must learn these names and respect them. These are the powers that watched over the Black Africans who were kidnapped, sold, raped, and forced to work to build these countries, and still had the wherewithal to adapt their faith and pass it on to their children. They are still celebrated, danced for, prayed to, and honored by millions upon millions, and the African syncretic faiths are growing in membership in many places; they’re not some kind of quaint throwback.
I say you must learn and respect because I believe gods of the land are important. These are gods of American land now (both continents). Don’t claim the faith if you haven’t earned it or don’t feel it — but ffs, nowadays it’s just a google away. Google. Read some articles. Learn something. And remember the names, and show respect, and whenever someone says something ignorant about “voodoo” or “witch doctors” or looks down on the little old Puerto Rican lady who goes to the botanica, step up and tell them off.